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Published: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 @ 7:35 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 @ 7:35 AM
TAVARES, Fla. — Jaxon Buell’s parents were offered the chance to terminate their pregnancy, but they said no. Doctors didn’t know how long the baby would survive. But one month turned into two, two turned into three. Against all odds, Jaxon celebrated his first birthday last month.
"Today is a miracle, in and of itself, that through everything Jaxon has already been through, through his diagnosis, by the doubts of several medical teams, and with his perceived prognosis, he is still here, strong as ever, only dependent on a feeding tube, and can hear, see, talk, smile, laugh, and is learning more every day, even how to say 'Mama' and 'Dadda' directly to us," Jaxon's father, Brandon Buell, wrote on Facebook on Aug. 27, Jaxon's birthday.
Sky News reports the Florida boy was born with microhydranencephaly, which means he’s missing part of his brain and skull.
Jaxon has a bunch of fans, too. Facebook fans, to be exact. Brandon and his wife, Brittany, use the page to update people following Jaxon’s story.
“It’s hard not to think about how this all started and where we are today,” Brandon wrote in a recent post. “Most importantly, Jaxon is still here with us, still learning, still developing, still thriving. He’s back to smiling at us, always so happy in the morning after he wakes up and takes turns looking at both Mommy’s and Daddy’s face, seemingly as if he is so excited to start another day.”
He said that there are people who judge Jaxon with their stares, who judge the family for not having aborted him.
“Yes, there will be difficulties and struggles and limitations, but they recognize their family, they learn to communicate, and Jaxon is certainly on his way in all of those aspects,” he wrote. “Truthfully, I will never understand how choosing to carry Jaxon and give him a chance to survive could ever be considered ‘selfish.'”
The family is raising money on GoFundMe to help support Jaxon’s second year of care.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 8:42 AM
JAKARTA, Indonesia — A 54-year-old Indonesian woman is dead after villagers say a 23-foot python swallowed her whole.
According to The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse, Wa Tiba of Muna Island disappeared Thursday after leaving her village, Persiapan Lawela, to tend to her garden. The next day, searchers discovered a "snake with a bloated belly" and some of Tiba's things near the garden, said the village's chief, known by the single name Faris, the AP reported.
Faris said villagers killed the python and cut it open, the AP reported. They then "found Tiba's body still intact with all her clothes," Faris said.
Graphic photos and videos posted online appeared to show the woman's body being extracted from the dead python.
This isn't the first time a python has swallowed a person in Indonesia, where such snakes are common, AFP reported. A farmer died under similar circumstances in March 2017 on the island of Sulawesi, according to the news service.
Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 3:02 PM
SAN ANTONIO — Investigators found 54 people being illegally smuggled inside a tractor-trailer Tuesday night.
While watching news coverage, Armando Colunga, wanted to do something to help.
The tow truck driver drove across town to the scene where he noticed the men, women and children from Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico, were given water but not food, Colunga told KSAT.
There was a Little Caesars nearby. He went there and spent $50 on seven pizzas not knowing if investigators would let him give them out.
“My main motivation was, ‘Who knows how long they’ve been in there?” he told CNN.
When he got back to the scene, two detectives helped him through the yellow tape, where another officer gave the pizzas to a firefighter, who then gave them to the group, according to CNN.
"They were happy they were eating something. I figured they hadn't ate in a while," Colunga told KSAT. "They're not here to commit crime, they're here for a better life, to work. They're harder working people than some of our people here that are citizens.”
Homeland Security Investigations agents arrested the illegal immigrants. The driver, who has not been identified, was also arrested and expected to be charged with human smuggling, according to officials.
"The people rescued from this tractor-trailer were very lucky to have been discovered before the Texas heat took its toll. We have recently seen how smuggled people have died under the dangerous circumstances human smugglers transport their human cargo... (1/2)— ICE (@ICEgov) June 15, 2018
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 8:27 PM
BIG WELLS, Texas — Five undocumented immigrants died in a chase with Border Patrol agents Sunday afternoon after the driver of the SUV they were traveling in lost control and crashed, investigators said.
There were 14 people in the Suburban, 12 were undocumented immigrants who were ejected when the vehicle crashed and rolled over, according to WOAI.
Four people died at the scene, another person later died at the hospital. Nine people were taken to hospitals.
BREAKING- @KENS5 chopper over the scene of that deadly crash after a police chase 130 miles SW of San Antonio. LEO on scene tells us 5 undocumented immigrants did not survive. @AdiGTV on the scene. pic.twitter.com/Ima5gUoNax— Jack Acosta (@JackAcostaKENS5) June 17, 2018
The chase, which reached speeds of 100 mph, started with Border Patrol agents and continued with Dimmit County sheriff’s deputies, according to KHOU.
The driver, whose identity has not been released, is known by law enforcement as a human smuggler, according to ABC News.
"The driver of this vehicle, we have handled before,” Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said. “We dealt with him last week."
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 7:55 PM
APTOS, Calif. — A dead great white shark washed ashore Sunday morning on a California beach.
The adult male shark was found around 7 a.m. with multiple cuts on its face but nothing that appeared life-threatening, officials told KSBW.
The carcass was removed from the beach and a necropsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.