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Happy Birthday! Here’s a Kidney to Save Your Life

“I want that one – no, not that one – THAT one!”

“Mommy where is my helicopter?”

“You said you would get it! Not fair!”

For any parent, these typical whines and shouts will be all-too familiar. The wonderful lack of maturity shown by a child when it comes to birthday gifts can be impressive in its petulance. However, for any parent who has seen their child act in such a poor manner to their birthday gifts, it might be time to show them the story of Henry Whitacre. Henry, 4, was in need of a lot of help – he required a kidney.

With damaged and weak kidneys, young Henry has to go for dialysis as his kidneys are unable to do the job that is needed to keep his body nice and safe. At the Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Riley enjoys a wonderful game of basketball with the nurses from his crib, looking like a child who is completely free of pain or fear.

The poor child suffered from a bladder condition from birth, and it stopped his kidneys from developing properly in utero. This meant that he was left with a serious renal disease from birth, and spent a huge amount of time in intensive care. For four days a week, Riley undergoes four hours’ worth of treatment. Larger than life despite being just three feet, the little one was in need of serious help – this could not go on forever.

On July 18th, he celebrated his birthday – turning 4. He enjoyed some time with his nurses and with his family, and also got to enjoy two new toys. One of them, a Mr. Potato Head from the Toy Story franchise. The other? A kidney.

A Life Changing Experience

Emily Jones and Kevin Whitacre, the happy parents of this amazing child, decided to reach out for help to find a kidney via social media. And old school friend called Colleen Carnes got in touch, and as former best friends they managed to hit it off once again after quite some time without talking. According to Emily: “There’s not a childhood memory that I have that doesn’t have her in it,”

While they drifted a bit after High School, they maintained long-distance friendship via Facebook and spoke from time to time. After sending out a “raw” plea for help via Facebook, she found a message in her inbox from Carnes, saying: “Hey, I talked to your donor (coordinator), I’m a match, send me the paperwork to start the testing.”

“I kind of knew then that this is who is going to give her kidney to my kid. It’s surreal for me to think about the fact that I have a child that requires all this. But to know that somebody else is willing to step in and say ‘I want to give you this gift,’ I don’t think the reality has completely sunk in.”

It’s an amazing story and a hugely positive turn after many donors simply did not work out. The little one then underwent his surgery under the steady hand of Dr. William Goggins, who has performed over 2,000 transplants of kidneys – though none quite like this one!

Since Henry is so small, and his long-term history of abdominal surgery so far, the little one was going to be a challenge to operate on. However, by 5:20PM, Henry had his kidney and was well on the way to being happier, healthier and – crucially – out of that hospital bed.

It’s expected that, throughout this life he will need as many as three kidneys – with the average kidney transplant lasting 12-15 years. While there is a shortage, the creation of an artificial kidney is underway: by the time he needs his second kidney, the hope is that this tech will be available.

Get better soon, Henry – we’re cheering for you!

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“I want that one – no, not that one – THAT one!”
“Mommy where is my helicopter?”
“You said you would get it! Not fair!”
For any parent, these typical whines and shouts will be all-too familiar. The wonderful lack of maturity shown by a child...

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Twitter Bans Users Under 13. Or Older!

Twitter is a social media networking website and app in which users can post tweets in a limited number of characters. So the message is relatively short and to the point. There has been a chaos on twitter recently about a policy they are taking too seriously nowadays.

 

Twitter is enforcing its age restriction policy on its users even though it’s the least cared about restriction on social media. Those users who signed up twitter when they were younger than 13 years are finding themselves in trouble, as Twitter is banning them one by one. Motherboard reported that the bans are going to occur whether the date of birth was added when making the account or it was added afterward to the profile. One of the most famous bans was of Tom Yun who is a Canadian journalist.

When banning the users, Twitter has sent them a message that says, “in order to create a Twitter account, you must be at least 13 years old,” and, “you don’t meet these age requirements.” This was the exact same message that was sent to Tom Yun, who is obviously older than thirteen years of age. The age restriction has always been a part of Twitter.

The protection of internet world and users is needed for safe use, so GDPR has added further new rules. The new rules require twitter not to keep any content that was posted when the user was of 13 years of age or younger. Twitter couldn’t distinguish between the content that was posted before the age of 13 or after the age of 13 so it thought of a strategy to ban everyone who signed up Twitter before the age of 13. Anyone who is above the age of 13 can use Twitter freely and their accounts are safe.

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Twitter is a social media networking website and app in which users can post tweets in a limited number of characters. So the message is relatively short and to the point. There has been a chaos on twitter recently about a policy they are taking too seriously...

Animals

Meet The Real (Female) Tarzan

The childhood of a young French woman sounds more like a newer version of Mowgli, rather than something real. Tippi Degré was born in Windhoek, Namibia, in 1990 to wildlife photographer-filmmaker parents Sylvie Robert and Alain Degre and spent the first ten years of her life in Southern Africa.

Her brother was an elephant, her best friend a leopard and her playground was the African bush. As a “wild child”, Tippi spent her whole childhood playing with wild animals including lion cubs, a mongoose, a snake, a cheetah, baby zebra, giraffes and crocodiles. She saw nothing unusual about her company. “I don’t have friends here. Because I never see children. So the animals are my friends,” she once said.

From sitting on the back of an ostrich, lying peacefully with a young leopard or sitting on the trunk of an elephant, these amazing pictures show an unusual bond and tranquility between man and beast.

With her childish imagination and innocence, the little girl managed to befriend one of the giants of the animal kingdom, a 28-year-old elephant named Abu. Her mother said Tippi had no fear. She did not realize the difference in their sizes; the girl would just walk up to him and talk to the beast.

Despite the apparent ease and comfort with which Tippi interacted with the animals, her parents always put her safety first. “You can’t just meet any of these animals and act like this with them,” explains Sylvie. Of course, it sounded too good to be true, because the majority of the animals Tippi interacted with have been domesticated by the people who live in the desert regions of Southern Africa.

A documentary film on her experiences, Le Monde Selon Tippi (The World According to Tippi) was released in 1997. In 2002–03, Degré presented six wildlife and environmental TV documentaries for the Discovery Channel.

Credit to ‘Tippi – Bridging the Gap to Africa’.

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The childhood of a young French woman sounds more like a newer version of Mowgli, rather than something real. Tippi Degré was born in Windhoek, Namibia, in 1990 to wildlife photographer-filmmaker parents Sylvie Robert and Alain Degre and spent the first ten...

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Welcome Khloe Kardashian’s Newborn!

When you’re looking for something to be happy about – babies and puppies always do the trick! Especially if they belong to loved celebrities we like to follow. Khloe just gave birth and it’s time to get updated. She and Tristan have been quiet about their newborn baby, but we have some information for you.

Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson

Khloe Kardashian gave birth on April 12, 2018. Despite her 78 million followers on Instagram and her popularity on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, the birth was not broadcast live (for some reason) and her social accounts have been silent since, unlike other celebrities who became fresh parents recently.

On March 20, before she gave birth, she shared how excited she was at meeting her daughter, and she wrote: “I can’t wait to meet my baby girl! By the way, Khloe revealed the baby’s sex (girl-power) during the Keeping Up With The Kardashians season 14 finale in March 2018. She told her sisters while on a trip to San Francisco.

Any Name?

Her whole family was around her, including boyfriend Tristan Thompson, despite the noise surrounding his cheating on her.

Baby girl Kardashian’s name is True Thompson and the internet is divided about it. Most commented that dad Tristan isn’t true to Khloe, so why name the girl True? Other see it as a punishment to Tristan – remember to stay true.

Now check out the other recently born baby celebrities!

 

 

 

When you’re looking for something to be happy about – babies and puppies always do the trick! Especially if they belong to loved celebrities we like to follow. Khloe just gave birth and it’s time to get updated. She and Tristan have been...

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80’s Kid Stars – Where Are They Now?

Sometimes we need a boost of happiness to give us some energy for the rest of the day. Looking back at those Happy Days (pun intended) makes us… well, happy. Always.

We do get surprised from time to time when we find out that the cute star we loved when we were kids, turned into something we don’t like, so prepare to be pleasantly surprised or a bit sad.

Some star kids managed to go beyond their 15-minute glory while most decided to pursue a career path that had nothing to do with entertainment. These kids made it big time, and some continue to, so give them some attention, why don’t you?

Let’s begin…

Winona Ryder

From gothic teen (Beetlejuice) to grieving mother (Stranger Things), Winona Ryder has gone through some changes. Although her acting career really hit off in the 1990’s, with her becoming one of the most iconic actresses of that decade, Winona Ryder already burst on the scene as the gothic teenager in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice when she was just 17-years-old.

It was her third movie, but it’s where she first showed off her incredible talent that would only continue from there.

Ryder has played many eccentric, brilliant characters throughout her career since then, but her personal life has been nearly as weird as her professional life. She has always been open with her struggles with depression and anxiety. Her most recent role has been in the incredibly popular Netflix series Stranger Things, for which she has garnered both Golden Globe and SAG nominations.

That role may have saved her life. At least her acting career.

Sometimes we need a boost of happiness to give us some energy for the rest of the day. Looking back at those Happy Days (pun intended) makes us… well, happy. Always.
We do get surprised from time to time when we find out that the cute star we loved...

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80’s Kid Stars – Where Are They Now?

Where have these 1980’s child actors been? You adored them back then, are they still adorable now? Stop asking and start discovering what these actors and actresses are doing now. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised or a bit sad. Some managed to go beyond their 15-minute glory while most decided to pursue a career path that had nothing to do with entertainment.

Think what you want, say what you want. These kids went through hell and deserve a break. Give them some attention, why don’t you?

Let’s begin…

Remember Ricky Schroder?

Ricky Schroder was first seen in the movie The Champ. Though still a child, he played opposite big-name stars Faye Dunaway and Jon Voight in the said movie. He later appeared on TV as Ricky Stratton in the sitcom Silver Spoons. The show ran from 1982 to 1987 and audiences practically saw him grow up on TV. For twenty years he continued acting on movies and TV.

Playing Himself

He was in 2010’s Get Him to the Greek where he was seen in a cameo role as himself.

There’s more…

Where have these 1980’s child actors been? You adored them back then, are they still adorable now? Stop asking and start discovering what these actors and actresses are doing now. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised or a bit sad. Some managed to go beyond...

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It’s a Boy! Newborn Celebrity Prince

When you’re looking for something to be happy about – babies and puppies always do the trick! Especially if they belong to loved celebrities we like to follow. Kate just gave birth to her third child, but like royals, she didn’t have time for herself and hours after she gave birth, she was posing in front of the press and public.

Kate Middleton and Prince William

Congratulate Kate for her third baby! It’s a boy, born April 23d 2018. Kensington Palace announced on Twitter: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”  Just like other celebrities who gave birth recently, these two came right out to the public.

Happy Birthday

Newborn Prince “no name yet” is now fifth in line to the throne. The Brits hoped that the baby would be born on the birthday of the Queen which happened a few days before, but they’re as happy as could be.

Now check out Khloe Kardashian and other stars who gave birth recently…

When you’re looking for something to be happy about – babies and puppies always do the trick! Especially if they belong to loved celebrities we like to follow. Kate just gave birth to her third child, but like royals, she didn’t have time...

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80’s Kid Stars – Where Are They Now?

 

Where have these 1980’s child actors been? You adored them back then, are they still adorable now? Stop asking and start discovering what these actors and actresses are doing now. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised or a bit sad. Some managed to go beyond their 15-minute glory while most decided to pursue a career path that had nothing to do with entertainment.

Think what you want, say what you want. These kids went through hell and deserve a break. Give them some attention, why don’t you?

Let’s begin…

80’s Teen Idol Corey Feldman

Corey Feldman was the most popular and recognizable teen actor during the 1980’s. He was merely a toddler when he started in show business via a Mcdonald’s commercial. His first TV appearance was in the series “Bad News Bears”. But his role in the movie “The Goonies”, sealed his place in 80’s pop culture. He also starred in the hit movie “Stand By Me” as well as “The Lost Boys”.

He is currently trying his hand in music as a singer and is also attempting to expose Hollywood’s sinister pedophile ring.

 

 
Where have these 1980’s child actors been? You adored them back then, are they still adorable now? Stop asking and start discovering what these actors and actresses are doing now. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised or a bit sad. Some managed to go...

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Great parenting comics

Many of us grew up with comic books and we still feel a sort of nostalgia when someone mentions it. Most of those early comics were humoristic, carving the path for future authors. That world never disappeared. There are many comic artists today that make us laugh on daily basis, especially the ones who create short ones, but full of humor. Here’s the story about one of those persons, totally involved in this nice and funny art.

Greeting card artist and dad of two children, Brian Gordon expressed the will to create a comic series which would be a bit more personal than his usual works. He said: “I thought I had figured out what kids were like and how to parent after the first one, but my daughter came along and proved I had no idea what I was doing.” Finally in 2013, the “Fowl Language Comics” was launched, as a funny, cute and expletive-filled look at parenting nowadays.

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His comics were an instant success on the internet worldwide. He tries to focus on the tougher part of being a parent, that is well-known to all of us. He says: “Nothing’s easier to make fun of than failure and frustration, and that’s about 90% of parenting, as far as I can tell.”

The author expressed hope that parents would feel a sense of solidarity when they see theses comics. He said: “A lot of people are hesitant to complain about their kids or admit how mind-numbing certain aspects of parenting can be, but we all experience it. I think it takes the sting out of the frustration when you realize that other parents are going through the same crap you are.”

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Early in kindergarten, Brian Gordon decided to become a cartoonist. He says that his classmates had equally unrealistic life goals and dreams, like becoming superheroes and princesses. But this little boy was more tenacious.

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On his official website, he says: “So far, things are working out okay. Secret to my success? I suck worse at everything else. You get a lot of drawing done when Plan B is Starve To Death. My comics are largely inspired by my struggles as a parent, my fascination with technology, science and all things geeky. Oh, and a constant, crushing wave of self-doubt and anxiety. That’s a big source of inspiration, too.”

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His parents characters are always replaced with animals, adding a bit more of comedy in already funny stories. Comics are short and they talk about the stuff that we’re all facing as parents on daily bases. We all have problems and we all make mistakes, but Brian somehow put all that in a funny atmosphere, so instead of being pissed off, we laugh loud. Maybe by creating all these comics, Brian Gordon actually made his life as a parent a little easier. He keeps a sort of diary in his mind and then put it all on the paper.

Here are some of his great comics below, reminding us that we’re all in this together.

Many of us grew up with comic books and we still feel a sort of nostalgia when someone mentions it. Most of those early comics were humoristic, carving the path for future authors. That world never disappeared. There are many comic artists today that make us...