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Samantha Harris Diagnosed with Breast Cancer; Will Undergo Double Mastectomy | Samantha Harris

Samantha Harris Diagnosed with Breast Cancer; Will Undergo Double Mastectomy

Originally posted 04/09/2014 08:30AM

Samantha Harris reveals that later this month she will undergo surgery for a double mastectomy to treat breast cancer.

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Hockey Hero T.J. Oshie's Newborn Daughter Has Life-Saving Surgery

T.J. Oshie's Newborn Daughter Has Life-Saving Surgery

Originally posted 04/06/2014 11:00AM

Olympic hockey hero T.J. Oshie, who scored the overtime goals that helped Team USA beat Russia in Sochi, took on an even greater challenge when he returned home: watching over the recovery of his infant daughter, thrust into immediate surgery after her birth with a serious defect.

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Texas 12-Year-Old Who Had Obesity Surgery Is Improving Rapidly

Texas 12-Year-Old Who Had Obesity Surgery Is Improving Rapidly

Originally posted 04/06/2014 09:10AM

var brightcovePhotoVideoID = '3303569274001'; var PhotoVideoButtonCaption = 'PLAY'; Alexis Shapiro, a Texas girl who underwent obesity surgery in March, is showing signs of improvement.

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Man Wakes Up Inside Body Bag After Being Declared Dead

Mississippi Man Who Was Declared Dead Wakes Up Kicking Inside Body Bag

Originally posted 02/28/2014 02:45PM

A Mississippi man who was pronounced dead gave one funeral home a giant shock on Wednesday after he awoke inside a body bag as he was being prepared for embalming.

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Mother of Brain Dead 13-Year-Old Says Her Daughter Is 'Not Suffering'

Mother of Brain Dead 13-Year-Old Says Her Daughter Is 'Not Suffering'

Originally posted 02/20/2014 05:45PM

Jahi McMath is alive and "surrounded by love," according to a letter her mother, Nailah Winkfield, released to supporters via Facebook Wednesday.

"I will never let her suffer," her mother wrote.

The 13-year-old girl was declared brain dead after having tonsil surgery at Children's Hospital Oakland just before Christmas, sparking a battle between her family and the girl's doctors, who wanted to disconnect her from life support.

McMath has since been moved to a long-term care facility in an undisclosed location where she remains on a ventilator.

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Shayne Lamas Speaks Out After Miscarriage, Medical Scare

Shayne Lamas Speaks Out After Miscarriage, Medical Scare

Originally posted 02/20/2014 02:15PM

Shayne Lamas, who was rushed to the hospital a week ago after a medical emergency, wants to let everyone know she is doing better.

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How Tom Brokaw Broke Cancer News to Friends | Tom Brokaw

Jane Pauley Shares How Tom Brokaw Broke Cancer News

Originally posted 02/19/2014 06:30AM

Long before last Tuesday's announcement that he is battling multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that affects the marrow, esteemed NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw broke the distressing news to friends in a rather upbeat way.

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How Colin Farrell and Retta Are Spending Valentine's Day

How Colin Farrell and Retta Are Spending Valentine's Day

Originally posted 02/14/2014 06:30PM

Colin Farrell and Retta have some very special Valentine's Day plans.

No, the movie star and Parks and Recreation funnylady aren't headed out on a romantic date (though we'd kind of love that), but they are working together to bring attention to a cause that affects them both: Angelman syndrome.

In honor of International Angelman's Day on Feb. 15, celebrities with personal connections to the disease – Farrell's son and Retta's godson both have it – are participating in a video campaign to raise awareness. Angelman syndrome, which affects one in 15,000 births, is an incurable genetic disorder that impairs children's cognitive and developmental growth, often causing seizures, balance disorders and a lack of speech.

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Leonard Nimoy Diagnosed with Chronic Lung Disease

Leonard Nimoy Diagnosed with Chronic Lung Disease

Originally posted 02/06/2014 07:50PM

Leonard Nimoy has announced he suffers from chronic lung disease and is speaking out about the dangers of smoking.

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Brain Dead Pregnant Woman Should Be Removed From Life Support in Texas, Says Judge

Judge Says Brain Dead Pregnant Woman Should Be Removed From Life Support in Texas

Originally posted 01/24/2014 06:45PM

Almost two months after Marlise Munoz, age 33 and then 14-weeks pregnant, was declared brain dead at John Peter Smith Hospital in Forth Worth, Texas, and her husband and parents fought to have her removed from life support, a judge has sided with her family.

In a widely debated and watched case that put Texas's Advance Directives Act – stating that life sustaining measures could not be removed from a pregnant patient – front and center, resolution may have come for Marlise's husband, Erick, with whom she has son Mateo, 16 months, and her parents Lynne and Ernest Machado in Tarrant County District Court. Judge R.H. Wallace ordered that the hospital remove life support by 5 p.m. on Jan. 27.

After an hour of hearing both sides' arguments, Wallace stated, "I respect JPS' arguments in trying to follow the law, but every section doesn't apply to someone who is dead."

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