Florida teen with autism spotted ‘dodging’ rush-hour traffic rescued by ‘hero’ strangers

Amanda Miller had just started making dinner when she noticed her 17-year-old son, CJ, was missing. She left the teen with autism “content” in her room watching YouTube videos as she boiled water.

Three minutes later, when she went to check on the boy, she saw a window open with the screen popped out. The concerned mom from Jacksonville, Florida, went into panic mode, running out to her backyard to see if CJ’s father saw him leave.

“We had no idea which way he had gone,” Miller told Fox News. “Our biggest fear seems he has no fear of the dangers of a moving car.”

CJ’s dad took off in his car and Miller started on foot, circling the neighborhood in hopes of finding the teen, who is non-verbal.

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CJ, 17, has autism and is non-verbal, his mom, Amanda Miller, says.

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“He struggles to communicate with us in his everyday life,” said Miller, adding that she constantly keeps an eye on him. “He is an amazing boy who at 17 can communicate at a 2 to 3-year-old age level.”

Local police joined the parents in their search, dispatching a description of CJ to officers. 

A woman found Miller’s cell phone near a creek on the side of the road and called the mom. CJ apparently took it with him.

“Our panic got much worse as we were worried he may have gotten attracted to the water,” Miller said. “His father went to the bridge at the creek and was down by the water searching for CJ’s footprints.”

Miller waited with police at a nearby Home Depot as they took over the search — ready to deploy a helicopter and release K-9 officers.

At the 2-hour mark, police got a call from Good Samaritans Susan Bolton and Jason Gaston, who informed officers they found a special needs boy “dodging” cars in the middle of Interstate 295 in Jacksonville.

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Amanda Miller

 (Good SamaritansJason Gaston (left) and Susan Bolton (right) pose for a picture with Amanda Miller and her son, CJ.)

“[CJ was] wandering in the highway looking up at the sky without a care in the world,” a GoFundme page to raise money for the family described in a post. “[Gaston] witnessed a truck almost hit the child doing 70 mph and he went into survival mode.”

The pair both stopped their vehicles to block traffic in order to save the teen. Bolton escorted the boy back to her van while Gaston reported the incident to local police, who arranged for CJ to be transported home to reunite with his parents.

“He was delivered to us safely and we were more than relieved,” Miller said. “We were shocked to find out the horrifying details and the many close calls that CJ had with traffic.”

When Miller opened the police door, she asked CJ where he was going.

“Orlando … Mickey Mouse,” CJ replied.

“He loves Disney world had been asking for Orlando for weeks,” Miller explained. 

Since the incident on April 18, Miller said she personally reached out to Gaston and Bolton to thank the “heroes” for saving her son.

“It’s all about awareness and kind hearted heros that I can say are now our family,” Miller said, adding that she’s planning to purchase a GPS device to track her son’s whereabouts as well as installing alarms on all of the windows inside of her home.

Cervical procedure to prevent cancer is causing complications

S. Nicole Lane shared her story with HealthLine.com.

Five months ago, I received a phone call from my OB-GYN informing me I had abnormal cells on my cervix and that a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) would be necessary to remove the cells and prevent cervical cancer.

I had gone in for a regular Pap, like I do every year, and was told that I needed a biopsy. When my results came back, my doctor told me they would need to use a low-voltage electrical current —  a LEEP — to remove the abnormal cells from my cervix.

 

The term “abnormal cells” originally shook me. I assumed these cells would eventually turn into cervical cancer, so I agreed to what I thought was a harmless and necessary procedure.

After the procedure was performed I began experiencing complicated symptoms — an infection, weakness, and pelvic pain — all of which challenged my recovery time.

I also became depressed. I felt an overwhelming numbness — not in my body, but in my mood and livelihood. Some days I struggled to even get out of bed.

Concerned, I Googled my symptoms and discovered several forums and personal blog postswhere women detailed a variety of complications. On the other hand, more detailed medical information was hard to find.

I continued digging and was shocked to learn that many “abnormal cells” may never lead to cancer. Instead, these so-called “abnormal” cells are similar to moles on your body and having them removed isn’t always necessary.

Cervical cancer is relatively rare, compared to other cancers. Approximately 0.6 percent of people will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in their lifetime.

I began reaching out to other women who were experiencing similar symptoms to my own following a LEEP and I discovered many others who had been affected in different ways.

Read the rest of the article here.

Teen with rare genetic disorder blasts ‘Untouchables’ dating show

A teen in the U.K. who was born with a rare genetic disorder that causes facial deformities is hitting back at the production crew behind a dating show titled, “The Undateables.” Ashley Carter, who has worked to combat bullying after suffering years of torment from his peers, said he was “insulted” to receive an email inviting him to join the cast.

“When I got contacted by the show ‘The Undateables’ through email, I read the email to my mum, Louise,” Carter, 17, told SWNS. “We both felt insulted to have even been approached. Us people who live with conditions/syndromes should not be called ‘undateable.’ We are normal people living an amazing life.”

Anti bullying campaigner Ashley Collins who has Treacher Collins syndrome - he is pictured here aged 6. See SWNS story SWBULLY; A teenage anti-bullying campaigner with a rare genetic disorder which causes facial deformity was "insulted" after being contacted by Channel 4 show - The Undateables. Brave Ashley Carter, 17, was born with Treacher Collins syndrome and was bullied as a child before becoming an anti-bullying campaigner. He has appeared on shows such as Loose Women, The Jeremy Kyle Show and ITV News West Country to share his story. But he was horrified to receive an email from Channel 4 researcher for The Undateables, described as a “documentary series following people with challenging conditions who are looking for love.”

Carter was born with Treacher Collins syndrome and was tormented by his peers for years over his looks.

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Carter, who has Treacher Collins syndrome, has appeared on several talk shows in the U.K. to share his story and experiences. The syndrome affects the development of bones and other tissues of the face, with symptoms ranging from unnoticeable to severe, and can be potentially life-threatening for infants. According to a program description, “The Undateables” is a documentary series that follows people with challenging conditions who are looking for love. Critics say it perpetuates stereotypes about people with disabilities.

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“As an influential figure with a public presence, I’m sure your story will have reached out to others living with similar conditions, some of whom may be single,” the email to Carter allegedly said. “I was hoping you might be able to help us spread the word that we are looking for people who want to find love and possibly take part in our new series of the show.”

Anti bullying campaigner Ashley Collins who has Treacher Collins syndrome - he is pictured here aged shortly atter birth with dad Michael. See SWNS story SWBULLY; A teenage anti-bullying campaigner with a rare genetic disorder which causes facial deformity was "insulted" after being contacted by Channel 4 show - The Undateables. Brave Ashley Carter, 17, was born with Treacher Collins syndrome and was bullied as a child before becoming an anti-bullying campaigner. He has appeared on shows such as Loose Women, The Jeremy Kyle Show and ITV News West Country to share his story. But he was horrified to receive an email from Channel 4 researcher for The Undateables, described as a “documentary series following people with challenging conditions who are looking for love.”

He blasted the producers over the show’s name and premise.

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Carter said he responded immediately and, in part, pointed out that “I’m not here to go on TV to find love. I don’t like it when people find love for me. Just because we have conditions or syndromes, we should not be called ‘Undateable’ – I am very insulted by this.”

Carter said he received a second email in response to his criticism, which allegedly tried to explain the meaning of the show’s title.

“The title is designed to reflect how some individuals view people with disabilities and conditions and how this can sometimes affect relationships, something we believe the program challenges in a very positive way,” the email allegedly said. “By featuring people with a wide variety of conditions and disabilities, including those which are less well known, we are able to inform and educate viewers. We fell the show has gone a long way in changing people’s perceptions.”

Carter did not indicate if he would send another response.  

Nearly 36,000 pounds of ground beef recalled due to hard plastic in meat

More than 30,000 pounds of ground beef were recalled Wednesday after a customer reported finding blue plastic pieces in the meat.

JBS USA, Inc., a food processing company based in Lenoir, N.C., announced it was recalling about 35,464 pounds of its ground beef because it could possibly contain extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced. The recalled meat was produced on March 22.

Officials said a consumer complained about finding “blue, hard plastic pieces” in one of the packages.

The meat were packaged under several labels, including Kroger, JBS and Laura’s Lean Beef. The packages have the establishment number “EST. 34176” inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were sent to distribution centers in Virginia and Indiana and later sold in stores.

“There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider,” the FSIS said in the news release.

Officials urged customers who bought the recall meat to throw it away.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Woman who was egg donor in college meets ‘egg’ 18 years later

Elizabeth Gaba had known since she was a young girl that she was born via egg donation and surrogacy, but it wasn’t until she turned 18 that she gained access to the rest of her file. She discovered that her donor, identified only as Amy in the file, had attended the same college as she did, and was born in 1977, but the clues essentially stopped there, KTVU reported.

Gaba, a student at University of Southern California, enlisted the help of her manager at Varsity Vocals, and eventually discovered Amy Throckmorton, a mother-of-three in Escondido who attended USC and even sang in the same a capella group as Gaba, two decades earlier.

Throckmorton’s file indicated that she would be open to communication with Gaba, so the duo arranged to meet. On April 30, Throckmorton shared a video on Facebook of them singing together with a touching post.

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“Funny story. In college I was an egg donor for an infertile couple. Today, I met that egg. She goes to my college and sings in my acapella group,” Throckmorton posted. “It was a crazy and wonderful day! I’m so excited to know her and especially freaked out (in the best way) to hear our voices together. Skip a minute or two into the video to hear us sing together. Genetics, man!”

Throckmorton told KTVU that the decision to donate her eggs in college was easy.

“I wasn’t squeamish about the medical procedures (lots of self-administered shots, etc.) and I liked the idea of helping a couple who couldn’t have children of their own start a family,” she said.  

The pair said they plan to continue building their relationship.

Dozens develop rare eye cancer in a case that’s baffling doctors

Several Auburn University graduates and more than a dozen North Carolina residents have all developed a rare form of eye cancer in a case that has left doctors baffled.

Ocular melanoma is diagnosed to about 2,500 people a year but statistics show two towns – Auburn, Ala., and Huntersville, N.C. – have a high number of patients living with the cancer, Healthline reported earlier this month.

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Ocular melanoma can be detected by people who have spots in their iris.

 (Auburn Ocular Melanoma Page)

“We see patients from all over the country and some patients from outside of the country. Certainly if we have patients who know each other or who lived and grew up in the same town, that has been kind of a red flag for us in trying to figure out if there’s something else going on,” Dr. Marlana Orloff, an oncologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, told Healthline.

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Auburn, the home to one of the state’s largest universities, has about 63,000 people living in the city. Thirty-six Auburn graduates have been diagnosed with the rare cancer, including a group of friends who developed it years apart. In Huntersville, 18 people were diagnosed with the cancer.

Juleigh Green, Allison Allred and Ashley McCrary were all friends during their university days and were astonished to learn they all shared the same cancer.

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The treatments for ocular melanoma include surgery and in some cases removing the eye.

 (Auburn Ocular Melanoma Page)

“What’s crazy is literally standing there, I was like, ‘Well, I know two people who’ve had this cancer,'” McCrary told CBS News on Monday.

Ocular melanoma develops in cells that produce eye pigment and can be detected when a person’s eyes form spots, Healthline reported. Symptoms include “blurry or distorted vision, a blind spot in your vision, seeing ‘flashing’ lights or a dark spot in your field of vision.” Treatment for the cancer include surgery and in some cases removing the entire eye. There is no known cure for the cancer.

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Researchers were studying the patients to see if there is any link between the patients and the cancer, Orloff told CBS News.

“Most people don’t know anyone with this disease,” Orloff said. “We said, ‘OK, these girls were in this location, they were all definitively diagnosed with this very rare cancer – what’s going on?'”

The three friends said it was difficult to be live with the cancer, but came together and made a Facebook page for others who have also been diagnosed with ocular melanoma.

“What’s crazy is literally standing there, I was like, ‘Well, I know two people who’ve had this cancer.”

– Ashley McCrary

McCrary said 36 people have responded to the women saying they also attended the university and have the cancer.

“We believe that when we’re looking at what’s going on in Huntersville, North Carolina, and what’s going on here, there is something that potentially links us together,” she said.

“Until we get more research into this, then we’re not gonna get anywhere. We’ve got to have it so that we can start linking all of them together to try to find a cause, and then one day, hopefully, a cure,” said Lee.

Residents of Huntersville who have the diagnosis have also created a Facebook page.  

The university said in a statement that they were “hopeful that research and awareness will advance the prevention and treatment of this cancer.”

Court sides with mom to keep boy on life support as she desperately seeks transfer

The mother of a 14-year-old boy who is currently on life support at a children’s hospital in Pennsylvania is seeking to have her son transferred back to a facility in New Jersey, where the law determining if a patient is brain-dead is not limited to neurological criteria.

Areen Chakrabarti, who has autism, has been on life support at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) since a tragic house fire broke out at the family’s New Jersey home earlier this month.

He was initially taken to Capital Health in New Jersey, but was transferred to CHOP’s intensive care unit on April 15.

There, he was declared brain-dead and doctors wanted to remove him from life support. Rumpa Banerjee, the child’s mother, took the hospital to court to prevent them from doing so. On Friday, a judge granted Banerjee’s request for a temporary restraining order that prevents the hospital from removing support, granting her time to find a facility willing to take her son.

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“They were about to take the life support away,” Barnerjee previously told Fox 29. “I cannot let it happen. It’s a murder. It’s a murder in my faith.”

Banerjee told Fox News that she has already faced several rejections from hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey because of Areen’s critical condition. She said that while she understands that her son is trying to communicate with her, his movements are not considered “meaningful” by doctors.

She also said that initially doctors indicated that his prognosis could change as the swelling on his brain went down, but that they have since changed their stance.

“A doctor’s prediction is a doctor’s prediction — they are not his mom,” the boy’s mother told Fox News.

In Pennsylvania, a patient who is considered brain-dead can be declared legally dead, but in New Jersey, brain-dead and death can be legally separated, the family’s attorney, Christopher Bagnato, told Fox News.

New Jersey law also prohibits doctors from removing brain-dead patients from ventilators over families’ religious objections.  

Additionally, Bagnato argues that when the hospital placed the boy on life support, they acknowledged that there is some form of life to support. He said that while the boy is relying on support to breathe, his heart is still pumping, and there is blood flow, meaning he is partly alive.

He said CHOP should help facilitate a transfer to another facility.

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A CHOP spokeswoman told Fox News that the hospital has no shareable information about the case.

On April 26, Barnerjee, who is also fundraising to help pay medical bills, reached out on Facebook to the supporters of Jahi McMath, a teen who was declared brain-dead in California in 2013, but was then transferred to a long-term care facility in New Jersey, where she remains today.

At the time, McMath’s mother argued that her Christian beliefs compelled her to continue fighting to keep her on life support.

“I am also in the same situation, my only child Areen is told to be brain-dead, but I know he is there sleeping, and as a resident of N.J. I have the right to keep his life support on,” Banerjee posted, in part.

She told Fox News that she has not heard back from McMath’s family.

Doctors are now ‘re-gifting’ kidneys to save lives

Vertis Boyce remembers that the day she got the call about a potential life-changing surgery was a Tuesday, because she didn’t have dialysis that day.

Around 10 a.m., the kidney transplant coordinator called with the possibility that there was a kidney that the then 69-year-old Boyce would be eligible to receive.

But this donated organ had a backstory that a doctor would need to explain.

“The backstory was that this was the second time it had been transplanted. So I would be the second receiver of that kidney,” Boyce told Healthline.

She had been on the kidney donation waitlist for 8 1/2 years. When the doctor asked her if she wanted the reused kidney, she said yes.

“I didn’t hesitate, because I’d thought I was going to get a kidney,” Boyce recalled.

A new option for transplant surgeons

Boyce received that kidney in July of last year. It was the second of three times Dr. Jeffrey Veale, director of the UCLA Kidney Transplantation Exchange Program at UCLA Medical Center, retransplanted a previously donated kidney last year.

Such retransplantations are very rare — only possible in unique circumstances in which a recipient of a kidney dies without damaging the kidney, hasn’t had the kidney long enough to wear it out, is a match for someone on the list, and hasn’t developed excessive scar tissue from the previous operation.

But Veale says about 25 percent of recipients of donated kidneys die with a functioning kidney that could be reused. Typically, those kidneys go to waste. If more were salvaged, he thinks, it could save hundreds of lives a year among the more than 80 percent of people on waitlists that never receive a kidney.

“Let’s not just automatically rule it out,” Veale said.

A 17-year-old girl originally donated Boyce’s new kidney. It had initially gone to a 25-year-old man, who had it for two years before he died in a motorcycle crash, says Veale.

“I didn’t want that kidney to go to waste. There were a lot of life years left on it,” he told Healthline. So it went to Boyce. “For three people to share one kidney — a white teen, a Hispanic man, a black older woman, and blood types all matched — there’s something beautiful about that.”

On that initial phone call, Veale explained to Boyce there’d be increased risks, because he had only done a retransplantation once before and there’s increased scar tissue on the kidney. Studies have also found increased risk of certain types of rejection in the days following retransplant.

“There was a lot of scar tissue, but I took the arteries and veins that extend out of it beyond the scar tissue so it was actually a fairly straightforward surgery to sew it into Ms. Boyce,” he said. “So she has the kidney from original donor and blood vessels from the second.”

Boyce, from California and now living in Las Vegas, said she hasn’t had any issues with the new kidney — just a “normal recovery.”

Without the need to attend regular dialysis sessions, traveling is now far easier. She attended a nephew’s wedding in March in North Carolina.

“It’s been nine months now. I have more energy. It’s just a good thing, a second chance at life,” she said.

Veale says getting people like Boyce a kidney can be lifesaving. He points out most people over 65 on dialysis die within five years. Numerous studies have found transplants increase that life expectancy.

There is some controversy over whether available kidneys should go to younger patients, who are more likely to use it for longer, and changes to the allocation system have tried to match donors with recipients close to their age. But retransplanting kidneys may reduce fears of kidney life years being “wasted” if older recipients die soon after a transplant.

Changing the mindset about organ donation

It also opens up new ways of donating. One of Veale’s other cases last year involved a man who received a kidney from a donor who had died in a car accident. But the recipient had focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a disease that causes scarring in the kidney and which began attacking the new organ.

So the recipient asked to give the kidney away again, to someone who would be able to actually use it. Veale says it’s the first time a living donor has donated a deceased person’s kidney.

“People who have FSGS, up until this point they’d say, ‘The recipient has FSGS — now we have to discard the kidney,’” Veale said.

He estimates that there have been less than 50 retransplants out of millions of kidneys transplants over the last 60 years.

But Veale says it’s possible that many more could be done, and pointed out that he did three in a year “without even trying.”

“Imagine if we had all 220 transplants programs in the U.S. looking to do this. It’d be great,” Veale said.

The particular combination of factors that allowed these retransplants to be successful and the difficulty of the operation may keep such procedures rare, though.

Veale notes that the fact the kidneys originally came from young donors was a big factor in allowing them to still be viable after years of use and multiple recipients. “You’re starting with something that’s very high quality,” he said. “You got to look at what the original organ quality was.”

Dr. Matthew Cooper, director of kidney and pancreas transplantation at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington and a board member at the National Kidney Foundation, said it’s a rare circumstance to have a person who received a kidney transplant meet all the requirements to then become a donor, starting with the fact that not everyone who dies can donate a kidney.

And then there’s the fact that a reused kidney would have already been exposed to immunosuppression drugs, which could have damaged it. And there’s the scar tissue.

“It’s a difficult operation to do because the organ essentially scars in the [initial] recipient,” Cooper said. “My hat’s off and kudos to Dr. Veale — even being able to do it technically is worthy of praise.”

“There’s a limited number of organs this could apply to,” he said. “But I do believe that if it is at all possible that those requirements are met, then everything should be done to try to encourage that. While it wouldn’t be a lot of them, it’s worth doing.”

There may also be limitations based on how long a donated kidney was in its initial recipient, according to Dr. Lorenzo Gallon, medical director of the Kidney Transplant Program at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “If you have somebody who has had a kidney transplant for a long period of time, you can’t use that organ,” he said. “A kidney that has been in someone for 10 years, you can’t use it.”

He argued the death of the recipient “really has to be a few months after the transplant,” though Veale has retransplanted kidneys that recipients had received years before.

For his part, Veale thinks it’s time to start looking into retransplanting other organs as well. “Livers could be a good next step,” he said.

He’d already talked to a liver surgeon about the idea. The surgeon said he’d consider it.

This article originally appeared on HealthLine.com

 

Two Texas siblings reunited after car crash that killed parents, baby sister

Two siblings in  San Angelo, Texas, were reunited for the first time after their parents and 2-month-old sister were killed in a head-on crash earlier this month.

Five-year-old  Zachary Clemens was reunited with his 8-year-old sister,  Angela Clemens this week, Teresa Burrell, the children’s great aunt, said on Facebook.

“Yesterday, he [Zachary] was able to leave his bed and get into the wheelchair for the first time. He and Angie were able to see each other for the first time. Angie has had a lot of brain injuries, but yesterday she was able to read and sing with us. Our hearts are so full of the miracles we are experiencing,” she wrote.

“This is Zachary and Angie. They are able to touch each other for the first time since the accident. Our prayers are for these little ones who have a long journey of healing ahead,” she added.

Burrell did not immediately respond to Fox News request for comment on Saturday.

Zachary, Angela and their two other siblings, Wyatt, 4, and Nicholas, 2, were involved in a head-on crash on Saturday, April 7. The Clemens were heading back from a family outing when the driver of a Tahoe lost control of the vehicle, veered into oncoming traffic and hit the family’s Suburban, KTXS-TV reported.

The children’s parents, Jim Alan Clemens, 31, and Karisa Brianne Clemens, 29, were killed. The crash also claimed the life of their 2-month-old sister, Juliana.

Zachary, Angie and Wyatt were all taken to a local hospital in critical condition while their 2-year-old brother escaped the accident with only minor injuries. He is now with his grandmother while his three siblings are treated at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.

“Little Zachary broke his back, but could feel his toes and that’s awesome. But when they took him in for surgery his lungs, they really struggled,” Burrell said, according to KTXS-TV.

Angie, who only recently awoke from a coma, suffered various brain injuries as a result of the crash. Wyatt was paralyzed on his left side and suffered strokes following the accident but is on the mend. Burrell wrote on Facebook that the 4-year-old is an “active little boy who is walking (carefully) and playing. He rarely sits still.”

Two separate fundraisers have been started to help the family pay for funeral and medical expenses. One fundraiser, on Facebook, has raised more than $100,000. The other, on YouCaring, has raised nearly $40,000.

Local authorities are still investigating additional details of the crash, People magazine reported.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

Amid romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak, restaurants aim to soothe customers

In the weeks since an E. coli bacteria outbreak on romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona was announced, restaurants and eateries around the country have worked to assure customers their food is safe.

The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first revealed the multi-state outbreak on April 10. On Friday, they said at least 98 people across 22 states have been affected. More than 40 people have hospitalized, they said, adding that there have been no reported deaths.

Amid the outbreak, romaine lettuce continues to be sold at restaurants throughout the U.S., as businesses said they’ve confirmed their products only come from places that haven’t been affected by the contamination. And if they’re not sure, they’ve swapped romaine out with iceberg or other types of greens.

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Armando Ayala, manager of Houston-based Italian restaurant Cavatore, told The Associated Press a lot of people have been asking where the business gets their lettuce from. The establishment offers three dinner salads made with lettuce from California and local farms in Texas.

And the popular chain, Just Salad, who has nearly 30 locations in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Chicago, told the outlet since they assured customers on social media that their romaine is not from the affected growing area, business has been good.

Janani Lee, the chain’s supply chain manager, said they added iceberg to their list of menu options, which already includes five other types of lettuce.

The CDC has warned people not to eat or buy romaine lettuce unless they’re certain it’s not from Yuma. They’ve also advised restaurants and retailers to refrain from serving or selling any romaine from that growing region and to confirm with their suppliers of the product’s source. The advisory includes “whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, baby romaine, organic romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.”

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The government is still investigating this outbreak. But generally, E. coli is spread through human or animal feces, contaminated water or improper handling.

Salads UP, which has two restaurants in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Madison, Wisconsin, told The Associated Press that it didn’t have to get rid of much romaine, since it gets deliveries almost daily. For now, it has replaced romaine with iceberg, Salads UP co-founder Robert Mayer said.

“Customers don’t mind the temporary solution, and in general they appreciate that we are taking precautionary steps,” he added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Woman claims she watched YouTube clips on childbirth before delivering own baby in hotel room during overseas layover

A Tennessee woman’s birth story has gone viral after she claimed on Twitter that she gave birth by herself in her hotel room during a layover in Turkey while on her way to Germany. Tia Freeman, a 22-year-old member of the Air Force, said she didn’t know she was pregnant until her third trimester.

In a series of tweets and GIFs shared on April 24, she explained that the birth control she was on prevented her from getting a period every month, and she hadn’t gained any extra weight so she didn’t have a reason to suspect anything. She said she was initially in denial and had an upcoming trip booked to Germany, so rather than cancel she decided to go anyway.  

“So everything is going well no biggie but dawg this is a 14hr flight & there was a complimentary meal but everything had meat in it & you know I’m a vegetarian so I was like I can’t eat this but 14 hrs was too long to wait so I decided to eat the salmon hoping I wouldn’t get sick,” she tweeted.

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She said she watched YouTube clips on how to deliver a baby before giving birth by herself in her hotel room.

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Freeman said she started cramping about an hour before they were scheduled to land, but wasn’t sure if it was due to the flight or the salmon, so she closed her eyes and tried to sleep it off.

She didn’t realize she was in labor until they landed in Turkey, where she had a 17-hour layover. Freeman claims she tried to Google whether she was in labor, but her water didn’t break so she wasn’t sure.

“Either way it goes I’m not giving birth in this airport so I start gassing myself up bc I am NOT having a baby in this airport,” she tweeted.

Freeman said she made it through customs and eventually to her hotel, where she watched a YouTube clip on how to deliver a baby. She said she filled a bathtub full of warm water, grabbed a towel to bite into and timed her contractions, which at that point were one minute apart.

“Luckily it happened pretty quickly,” Freeman wrote. “I only had to push about 5-6x before a baby popped out. Lol now let me tell you babies are buoyant. That little joker said bloop and floated right on up to the top of the water.”

Freeman gave birth to a boy, later named Xavier Ata, on March 7. She allegedly used Google to figure out how to deliver the placenta, and placed it in a sanitation bag. She said she sanitized shoelaces using a tea pot to clamp the umbilical cord before cutting it with one of her knives.

“Umbilical cord cut and I did a mighty fine job if I do say so myself! At this point exhaustion is beginning to set in. But I need to clean up the bathroom because it looked like the set of a horror movie,” she tweeted.

Freeman said she wrapped the baby in the towel, breastfed him and went to sleep. She allegedly made him a shirt out of one of hers, and returned to the airport the next day via taxi to ask the airline staff what to do next.

“Anyway they thought I was a human trafficker trying to smuggle out a baby,” Freeman said.

“So they called in customs, the police a doctor & a nurse (to check the baby & me to see if I actually gave birth), and the airline higher ups. I was bombarded with questions (naturally) but finally I proved that I wasn’t a trafficker. During this I called the @USEmbassyTurkey.”

Freeman thanked Turkish Airlines for their help, and shared that staffers bought Xavier his first outfit before bringing her to the U.S. Consulate. She applied for his birth certificate and passport and was taken to the hospital.

“To wrap up I go to the hospital get checked out everything is fine,” she tweeted. “He’s perfectly healthy! LOL the doctors were shocked to hear my story.”

Freeman said she did not tell her family that she was pregnant, so when she returned home two weeks later it was a shock for everyone. She has since started a cash.app campaign to help pay for Xavier’s expenses.

“I really don’t understand what’s so shocking about my delivery story,” she tweeted. “Maybe it’ll set in one day.”

Her original tweet received more than 32,000 likes, and 14,000 retweets.

Missouri pediatrician slams ‘selfish’ anti-vaxers after measles Facebook post sparks debate

A Missouri pediatrician is not planning to apologize for his facility’s Facebook post encouraging Kansas City-area residents to be “responsible” and get vacinated amid a measles “outbreak” in the area. While the doctor’s office encourages healthy discussions, it said it’s important to explain the “significance of vaccinations.”

The vaccine — after two doses — makes 97 percent of people develop immunity to measles, a highly contagious virus that’s airborne, Priority Care Pediatrics explained.

That’s why the office requires patients to follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) immunization guidelines, which the organization says “has led to a greater than 99% reduction in measles cases compared with the pre-vaccine era.”

“While immunizations are still (inappropriately, unjustly, and selfishly) a hot-button for some, our practice … and numerous other organizations and groups around the globe have reached the truthful conclusion that immunizations are overwhelmingly safe and effective,” the doctor’s office stated in a comment online. “Vaccines save lives. Period. End of discussion.”

Some, however, begged to differ.

“Popping up everywhere…that’s right, be smarter than your doctors and don’t vaccinate,” one Facebook user wrote, according to KHSB-TV. “Irresponsible parenting is alive and well.”

“Vaccines save lives. Period. End of discussion.”

– Priority Care Pediatrics

“1 in 68 children have autism. 1 in 42 boys have autism. You’d think you’d actually be worried about that instead of a few cases of the measles,” another reportedly added.

Priority Care Pediatrics has since deleted all negative posts and others that spread “unscientific, unresearched” information, adding it would not give critics a forum to bully.

Dr. Raymond Cattaneo, senior partner at Priority Care Pediatrics, told KHSB-TV he never expected the post to spark a big debate.

“[It] turned into something much bigger than that when some anti-vaccine people got a hold of that and bombarded our post. Reading comment after comment after comment you just kind of get worn down because you know you’re fighting the good fight,” Cattaneo said. “You’re on the right side of science but you worry that what they’re saying, people will actually believe.”

But if it got people thinking about vaccinations, Cattaneo said it served its purpose.

“Critical thinking and debates are welcome and good for each of us. They might shape a thought process, or change a mind, or solidify an already reached decision,” the office continued. “This is a learning opportunity for those still on the fence.”

Dozens of people praised the Kansas City practice for standing its ground and educating the public on immunization.

“Thank you for helping prevent the spread of diseases we eradicated years ago! Vaccinate your kids!” one Facebook user replied.

“Thank you, Priority Care Pediatrics for mandating vaccines for all of your patients!” another commented.

At least four cases of the measles have been confirmed in the city so far, the Kansas City Health Department has reported. There have been at least 18 reports of the measles in Johnson, Miami and Linn counties since March, according to Fox4KC.

Signs of the measles include a sore throat, runny nose, and fever, among other cold-like symptoms, followed by a rash that spreads across the body, the CDC says. Anyone who believes they may have the measles should contact their health care provider immediately.