Sacrificing Summer for a Hip Surgery

By Drew Munhausen Twelve-year-old Jordan Dean spent most of her 2018 Easter weekend spending time with family and playing outdoors. When she returned home from her aunt’s house, she started noticing some pain when she walked. “She didn’t remember falling or having any sort of accident,” said Ryan Dean, Jordan’s father. “The pain was mostly [Continue Reading]

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“Brave and Determined”: Child Overcomes Spina Bifida to Take Her First Steps

By Jade Waddy Fanny Mendez’s excitement about becoming a first-time mother quickly turned to anxiety when her 21-week ultrasound revealed that her unborn baby girl had serious health problems that could prevent her from ever learning to walk. Doctors discovered that the girl had spina bifida, a birth defect that occurs when the spine and [Continue Reading]

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Brandon’s Song: One Man’s Journey to Sing Again

By Jade Waddy After suffering from a ruptured aorta, a major stroke and several acute strokes that took place while in surgery, Brandon Scott Ray’s life was forever altered. He lost his ability to walk, speak and sing, a talent he loved since he was a teenager. Once discharged from a local hospital, Scott spent [Continue Reading]

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The Healing Power of Art: BJ’s Story

By Shannon Dillon Carefree, full of life and surrounded by a lot of laughter and love. That’s the childhood BJ Smith, now 28 years old, remembers.  Growing up in the Acadiana region of south Louisiana, Smith worked part time with his grandfather at the family’s furniture business. “I’m a proud Cajun,” Smith said. At an [Continue Reading]

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A Hot Dog Eating Challenge Leads Man to Drop 200 Pounds

By Drew Munhausen A few years ago at a Houston Astros game on Dollar Dog Night, a friend challenged Amer Ismail to eat 18 hot dogs in one sitting. Ismail, who weighed approximately 470 pounds at the time, accepted the challenge. “People took photos and made Facebook posts of me eating 18 hot dogs,” Ismail [Continue Reading]

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How an Afternoon Preparing Lunch Turned Tragic

By Jade Waddy It was a normal weekend afternoon, when Solomon Benghan decided to prepare lunch for himself and his fiancée. He opted for beef crispitos, one of his favorite Mexican meals, which involves frying a wrapped tortilla filled with beef, cheese and condiments. “I poured oil in the pot, enough to submerge the crispitos, [Continue Reading]

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