02:09 PM EDT 03/03/2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Originally posted 01/23/2014 06:30PM
A heartbroken Texas family – who are fighting to have a pregnant wife and mother they say is brain-dead removed from life support – has received more devastating news on the condition of her unborn fetus, according to their attorneys.
Originally posted 01/13/2014 02:30PM
Eleven months after she was brought to Boston Children's Hospital by her mother, 15-year-old Justina Pelletier will be released to a transitional facility and will remain in the care of the Massachusetts child protection agency, a judge ruled Friday.
The move, which will take place in the next few weeks, comes after a nearly year-long battle in a so-called "medical child-abuse case."
It has pitted the teenager's parents against the hospital over whether Justina's prior mitochondrial disease diagnosis was in fact accurate or whether she was instead suffering from a psychological condition, The Boston Globe reports.
Originally posted 12/18/2013 09:00PM
She beat an addiction to alcohol, but Kristen Johnston knew that there was something seriously wrong when she found herself "almost completely unable to move."
After four months and 17 doctors, she learned the reason why – The Exes star has been diagnosed with "a rare autoimmune disorder."
The actress, who won two Emmys on 3rd Rock From the Sun, shared the news in a post on her Facebook page Tuesday. "It's time for me to be upfront with you about something that's been going on with me," she wrote.
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