Woman With Cystic Fibrosis Takes Her First Breath After Lung Transplant

Eleven years ago, Jennifer Jones’ life changed forever when she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. The genetic disease produces a thick mucus in the respiratory system, causing lung infections and making it difficult to breathe over time.

In October 2017, Jones received a donation that would change her life forever: a new set of lungs from an anonymous donor. Just moments after surgery, the Minnesota woman was able to breathe on her own — no oxygen tanks or anything! — for the first time in years. Her fiancé caught the moment she took her first unassisted breath on video, and you’ve got to see it to realize just how miraculous it was.

The video was posted to YouTube and has made the rounds online, racking in over 1.5 million views. It’s hard to describe exactly how watching her reaction will make you feel — but it’s fairly safe to say it’ll have you appreciating the little things in life afterwards.

See the incredible moment play out for yourself:

Since the surgery in October, Jones and her fiancé Rob Ronnenberg have posted updates about her progress. From her first steps four days after her lung transplant to a very special message on National Donor Day, the couple is allowing the online world a glimpse into what life is like after receiving an organ donation.

In the video for National Donor Day, Jones recalled what it was like taking that first unassisted breath from her hospital bed.

“I remember taking that first breath,” she said. “I was afraid. I was afraid that the lungs weren’t going to work. You have all of these fears going through your head. But I took this breath, and it was so unbelievably incredible.”

She continued, laughing, “It took my breath away, pretty much!”

In the same update video, Ronnenberg explained the intention behind filming this moment in the first place.

“She had just come out of surgery, and she was pretty heavily medicated still, so I wanted her to be able to see it one day,” he said. “All of the attention [the video has received], it’s not about Jennifer. It’s not about us. It’s about the donor family. It’s about their gift. So, I hope that we will one day be able to share that video with them, as well.”

The couple is dedicated to raising awareness about cystic fibrosis. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, more than 30,000 people in the U.S. are currently living with the disease.

More than just raising awareness about Jones’ disease, they want to stress the importance of organ donation.

“This has definitely been very special to me, and it will always be my miracle. But it’ll be their legacy,” Jones said. They also encouraged others to register to be organ donate: “Please register and talk to others about donating your organs.”

You can find out more about registering as an organ donor on the official Organ Donor Registry website.

Watch John Stamos Make A Hilarious Prank Call To A Fan’s Ex

John Stamos is one of those actors who you can’t help but love. Not only is he devastatingly handsome and talented, but he is also funny and down-to-earth. He showed off that good humor on a recent visit to Long Beach Memorial Hospital. Stamos visits the kids at the hospital there every year in order to brighten their spirits and spread the love.

As if that wasn’t awesome enough, Stamos took his goodwill even further. When he met a young girl named Amanda, he couldn’t help but notice that she seemed a little down. Amanda shared that this was because her boyfriend, Jorge, had recently broken up with her.

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Not on Uncle Jesse’s watch! Stamos swept into action. He took Amanda’s phone and called Jorge, leaving a hilarious message where he took Jorge to task for breaking up with such a great girl. Jorge then picked up and Stamos ribbed him even further, telling him that he and his “Grandfathered” co-star Josh Peck were dating Amanda now, and it was “his loss.”

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Josh Peck? Yes, Josh Peck (who starred in Nickelodeon’s “Drake and Josh” before joining Stamos in “Grandfathered” last year) was in attendance as well, and he caught the whole thing on camera. And here’s the even more hilarious part: Apparently Jorge loves Josh Peck, as Amanda teases him saying “Your role model is here.”

Man, what a awesome way to teach your ex a lesson! Can you imagine if you could have a celebrity call and tease one of your former lovers? Here’s to Stamos for being such a good sport and for going above and beyond for his fans. One thing is for certain: He definitely helped to bring a smile to Amanda’s face. As Stamos said in closing:

“I think you made a big mistake. But it’s nice to meet you, pal.”

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Somewhere out there, I bet Jorge is tossing out all his “Full House” DVDs…

h/t: Good Housekeeping

Hospital Charges Mom $40 To Hold Her Newborn Baby

The internet is going bananas over a hospital bill—and rightly so.

The bill, posted by new father Ryan Grassley under the username halfthrottle on Reddit has commenters shocked and confused by a $40 charge. The line item reads “Skin to Skin After C-Section $39.35.”

I had to pay $39.35 to hold my baby after he was born.


The new father explained the bill on Reddit. “During the c-section the nurse asked my wife if she would like to do skin to skin after the baby was born. Which of course anyone would say yes to. We just noticed it in the bill today.”

The photo has since been viewed over 5 million times, with nearly 12 thousand comments. And, while some commenters urged the father to alert the media and bashed U.S. healthcare, Grassley and his wife are laughing it off.

“The nurse let me hold the baby on my wife’s neck/chest,” he wrote. Even borrowed my camera to take a few pictures for us. Everyone involved in the process was great, and we had a positive experience. We just got a chuckle out of seeing that on the bill.”

Then, a labor and delivery nurse answered all our questions. Well, at least in theory.

“Doing ‘skin to skin’ in the operating room requires an additional staff member to be present just to watch the baby. We used to take all babies to the nursery once the NICU team made sure everything was okay,” she wrote. “‘Skin to skin’ in the [operating room] is a relatively new thing and requires a second Labor and Delivery RN to come in to the [operating room] and make sure the baby is safe.”

Given the benefits of skin to skin contact after delivery, it seems like something the hospitals could just throw in, doesn’t it?

But, the nurse added: “The Mom is still being closed up after the delivery. She is anesthetized from the chest down, and may feel faint, or nauseated. Someone needs to be there to make sure that the baby doesn’t slide off of her chest onto the floor, and to pick up the baby if she starts feeling unwell.”

Well OK, now that she puts it that way… I’m pretty sure we’d all pay whatever it takes to keep our babies safe and have those first precious snuggles.

 

 

These New Maternity Ward Beds Are Being Hailed As A ‘Game Changer’

It can be very difficult for new moms to pick up or hold their newborn from the hospital bassinet. It can also be hard to always depend on a nurse to bring their baby to them.  This is especially true after having a difficult delivery or C-section.

A new bed, as posted by moms’ site BellyBelly, is designed with a bassinet-like section for their newborn baby.  It aims to make it easier for moms to pick-up and hold their new bundle of joy.

The post said, “Would you like to see beds like this in all maternity hospitals? What a great help for C-section mammas too, but most of all, keeping ALL mothers closer to their babies after birth!”

Would you like to see beds like this in all maternity hospitals? What a great help for c-section mammas too, but most of…

Posted by BellyBelly – Pregnancy, Birth & Parenting on Wednesday, June 3, 2015

It has clearly resonated with moms out there as there have already been 1/4 million likes and shared over 125,000 times.

Popsugar stated that this bed is a game changer for moms recovering from a C-section and unable to get out of bed to reach their babies without assistance.  The bassinet portion was designed to stick out away from the bed to eliminate the concern of rolling onto the newborn baby.

However, Iffath Hoskins, MD, an OB-GYN at NYU Langone Medical Center, tells Yahoo Parenting that there are some concerns with this type of bed.

“If the mother rolls over from exhaustion (and into the bassinet area), there would be the risk of smothering the baby,” she says. “The mother’s arm could go into that space in her sleep and cover the baby, or she could knock a pillow to the side and it’s on the baby.”

Hoskins goes on to add “That’s why we don’t let the baby sleep in the bed with the mother. That’s why we don’t give blankets other than swaddling.”

 

 

 

 

 

Watch This 92-Year-Old Man Sing To His Dying Wife

This touching video seems to be a scene straight out of The Notebook. 92-year old Howard is seen singing “You’ll Never Know” by Rosemary Clooney with Harry James to his wife Laura.

Filmed by the couple’s granddaughter, Erin Solari, she expressed that she recorded this tender exchange to capture their final moments together. According to Erin’s comments on her YouTube video, the couple was still madly love and this was their love song. When Howard went away to fight in WWII, this song comforted Laura. And at family gathering’s they often sang it together.

In fact, after fifty years of marriage, they renewed their vows and performed this song as a duet for the entire family at the reception. Sadly, Grandma is now too weak to sing, but that doesn’t stop her from saying the words to him (see at 1:00).

When she cannot continue the song, Howard gently takes over and sings the remainder of the tune. The best part about this story is in Erin’s update below:

After posting this video to Facebook, it began to go viral and all the outpouring of love lifted everyone’s spirits… including Grandma’s! Hospice eventually deemed her well enough to go back home to live out her remaining few days. As of this posting my beautiful Grandma Laura Virginia is still with us resting peacefully at home. Our family along with the wonderful people from hospice are taking care of her and making sure she remains as pain-free and comfortable as possible while she prepares for her nearing departure. We all thank you so much for the love and kind words.

 

Here is the full song from the clip. “You’ll Never Know” performed by Rosemary Clooney and Harry James:

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True love is a beautiful thing.