• iStock/Thinkstock(GULFPORT, Miss.) -- A 1-year-old boy diagnosed at birth with a rare genetic disorder isn't letting that -- or his stroller -- hold him back.Josiah Washington can be seen in two videos that have gone viral walking out of his stroller as he tries to get his hands on toys at a local toy store in Gulfport, Mississippi.The videos on Facebook have garnered more than 8 million views.In the clips, Washington's parents laugh as they try to get him to step away from his prized possessions.His mother, Kristian Washington, is excited that the videos of her little boy has gone viral. But most important to her is seeing her son, whom doctors said when he was born would never walk or hold a bottle, act like any other toddler.Josiah Washington was born with a rare genetic disorder, and doctors are still testing to confirm his diagnosis."Originally, doctors were going with pyruvate kinase deficiency," Kristian Washington told ABC News.It's an inherited disorder that affects red blood cells and causes shortness of breath and extreme fatigue, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine."He's what I call my 'miracle baby,' " the mother of two said. “He's reaching all his milestones. He's doing all of it. It's so shocking to us. That's why we record everything he does and take pictures."Kristian Washington said no one believes her or her husband, Joshua, when they tell them about Josiah's diagnosis."He's the sweetest baby," she said. "He's always laughing. We never know when he's in pain. He's just so happy."
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Republican leaders unveiled what they called a "discussion draft" of their long-awaited health care bill, a part of the party's ongoing efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.Five Republican senators have already come out in opposition to the Senate bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, jeopardizing its passage.Critics on both sides of the aisle said the bill, which was drafted behind closed doors by a small group of Senate leaders and committee staffers, has been shrouded in secrecy.Trump told reporters Thursday that there will be "a little negotiation, but it's going to be very good."Republicans 'not ready' to support the billGOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky released a joint statement saying, "Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor."They added, "There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system, but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs."In a separate statement, Paul said he'll oppose the bill "in its current form, but I remain open to negotiations.""The current bill does not repeal Obamacare. It does not keep our promises to the American people," he said.On Friday, Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., joined the group, saying at a press conference that "this bill is not the answer, it's simply not the answer.""In this form, I will not support it," said Heller.Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told reporters Thursday she has "not yet had the opportunity to read the text of the bill, and the details really matter.""I see some positive features of this bill that are improvements over the House, and I see some negative features based on my first analysis," she said. "I don't like the provision that eliminates federal funding for Planned Parenthood. It makes no sense to single out Planned Parenthood from all the Medicaid providers. There's already a ban against using federal funds for abortions, so there's absolutely no need for that."A vote from Collins, who has been willing to break from her party, would be key to ensuring the bill's passage.Senate Republicans can afford to lose only two of their members to pass the bill, assuming Democrats remain united in their opposition.Republicans acknowledge tough road ahead for billAs members left a meeting about the bill, many said they were encouraged by their first impressions of the text but were hesitant to say if it would clear the 50 vote threshold for passage."There's a lot to digest. It's very complicated," Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said as he left the gathering.Some Republicans said they liked how the Senate bill calculates the value of tax credits to help individuals pay for insurance.While the House bill linked the tax credits to age only, the Senate bill considers age, income and geographical area."A person making about $12,000 a year will have more access and a lower cost of health insurance. And that's a really good thing," said Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.But Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., a member of Senate leadership, acknowledged that the draft would not pass in its current form."Right now the challenge is, how do we get to 50?" he said.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated that he wants to get a vote before the July 4 legislative recess.Democrats and ACA supporters unhappyThe bill's release was met with significant opposition from Democrats and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act.Under current law, all insurance plans have to include, at a minimum, specified essential health benefits, including ambulance service, hospitalization, maternity care and prescription drug coverage. Under the Senate bill, states would be allowed to apply for waivers from thos
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  • Courtesy Wendy Freden(TYLER, Texas) -- A Texas teen celebrated her mother beating cancer last week by sharing triumphant photos from the day doctors told her she no longer had evidence of cancer in her body.Cameron Stokes shared photos on Twitter of her mom walking out of Texas Oncology-Tyler in Tyler, Texas, while wearing boxing gloves -- and a huge smile on her face.The photos quickly went viral, with more than 40,000 shares and over 200,000 likes.Wendy Freden said she was recovering from hip surgery over Christmas when she discovered a lump in her breast."I was immobile, and just so happened to do a breast exam," Freden, 45, told ABC News, adding that she found a lump, but didn't possibly think it would be cancer -- especially since she had just had a mammogram nine months prior.Still, on February 1 doctors diagnosed her with stage 1A multifocal invasive breast cancer.Freden remembered thinking to herself, "Seriously? I just got back to work after being off for my hip surgery."Part of Freden's job as a physician assistant is to educate women about the importance of doing self breast exams."Now, this just brings it to a whole new level," she explained. "I understand the fear. I’m upset. I’m scared. I’m anxious. But I have to view it as a journey for a higher purpose."Three weeks later, Freden underwent bilateral surgery to remove the cancer, and also had three months of chemotherapy. On June 15, she was told by doctors she no longer had evidence of cancer in her body.Traditionally, patients at Texas Oncology-Tyler ring a golden bell when they leave the hospital. But Freden had other plans, and put on boxing gloves, which were gifted to her."I never had any intentions of ringing that bell. I was going to punch it off the wall," Freden said.
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  • Top Photo Group/Thinkstock(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) -- Like many brides, Kierstynn Foster Rozema chose to celebrate her wedding day with her family and friends. But she also spent it with the doctors who saved her life when she was diagnosed with leukemia as a teenager.Rozema; her groom, Daniel Rozema; and their entire wedding party arrived in a white limousine and posed for wedding photos at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital last Saturday.The Grand Rapids, Michigan, hospital is where Rozema, now 22, was treated for more than two years after being diagnosed at age 16 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.Rozema’s father, Bret Foster, of Byron Center, Michigan, told ABC News that things seemed fine before her diagnosis, with Rozema attending two proms the week before. “She’d just been having headaches and some pain in her shoulder, just really odd things going on, and we ultimately scheduled a doctor’s appointment," Foster said.Rozema’s doctor sent her to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, where she immediately began chemotherapy under the care of Drs. James Fahner and Beth Kurt.“We know how incredibly difficult it is to have a teen’s life turned upside down overnight,” said Fahner, division chief of pediatric hematology and oncology at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. “Kierstynn went from doing all things teens normally to do being in our clinic and being exposed to heavy chemotherapy drugs.”Rozema’s treatment continued into her freshman year at Hope College, where she met her future husband. Rozema completed her leukemia treatment in August 2013 and got engaged last year, the weekend before both she and Daniel Rozema graduated from Hope.When it came time to plan her wedding, Rozema, who is overseas on her honeymoon and not available for comment, knew just what she wanted to do.“She contacted her medical team here and said the day just wouldn’t seem complete without a stop to the hospital where she had so many caregivers -- and, really, extended family -- who cared for her,” Fahner said.Fahner and Kurt, Rozema’s pediatric oncologist, welcomed the wedding party to the hospital and posed for photos in front of a mural in the hospital’s lobby, an area special to Rozema and her family.“We spent a lot of time in that nook,” Foster recalled. “It’s where we congregated quite a bit if we weren’t in her room.”Fahner said he and the hospital staff saw Rozema’s wedding day visit as a gift for them just as much as it was for Rozema and her family.“There were lots of tears and lots of hugs and mostly lots of smiles, for sure,” he said. “To be part of the full circle of life for these remarkably brave people is a huge privilege.”Fahner, who couldn’t attend Rozema’s wedding due to a scheduling conflict, said having a bride come to the hospital on her wedding day was also a first for him in his 28 years with the hospital system.“We get invited to open houses and graduations, but I think this is a first for us,” he said. “There were lots of children and family members who were coming and going in the lobby, and I can’t imagine that couldn’t have been just an amazing source of inspiration for them too.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Hillary Hinrichs(ST. LOUIS) -- A St. Louis woman surprised her mother with the best birthday president ever: a delicious cake and the news she was going to be a grandma.Terry Overfelt’s daughter, Hillary Hinrichs, shocked the entire family by announcing her pregnancy in a message written on her mother's birthday cake: “Happy birthday, ya stupid lookin’ grandma,” which she said is a joke within their family.It took Overfelt a few seconds to process what the cake said while her entire family continued to sing “Happy Birthday,” but once she read the word “grandma,” she lost it.Hinrichs was 10 weeks pregnant when she told her family the good news but said it was a “really hard secret to keep” because they’re all so close-knit.“If I have the hiccups, I tell my family,” the excited mom-to-be said. “But we knew it would be more special with my grandma and aunts and mother-in-law and grandma-in-law all there. We knew it would be more special if everyone was there.”The family was gathered in April to celebrate multiple people’s birthdays all within one week, so she knew it was the perfect opportunity to collectively catch people off guard for the celebration.“We’re just so excited, and I’m so tickled to death at everyone’s facial expressions with the 'ugly cry' and everything,” Hinrichs, 30, said.She knew her relatives would be paying close attention to the inscription on the cake because she had done a similarly quirky message on her brother’s fiancee’s birthday cake in January."I was reading the cake to see if everybody’s names made it, and when it said 'grandma' at the bottom, I was just undone," Overfelt said. "The message looks kind of crass, but because we are so close, it’s a term of endearment. When it ended in ‘grandma,’ that processing moment was hilarity and awe.”Hinrichs’ sister was equally surprised at the announcement because she thought Hinrichs had been drinking beer the day before.“My sister is super shocked because she thought I’d been drinking that whole Friday and weekend,” she said. Hinrichs said her husband came up with the idea."Derek didn’t want anyone to know until everyone was in town on Saturday, so he filled up empty Coors Light bottles with Fresca," Hinrichs said. "It was his idea. I knew if anyone asked I wouldn’t be able to lie. We were just too excited. But I knew if I looked like I was drinking, that no one would ask.”It’s safe to say the entire family was completely in shock, but for Overfelt, finding out she’s going to be a first-time grandmother on her birthday was literally the icing on the cake.“I am so happy for her and for Derek,” Overfelt said of Hinrichs. “That this is going to break their hearts open in such new love. It’s great to think about this little person, this little girl coming our way. So now everything in the world that speaks of girls speaks of this new child coming. It’s really neat.”The Hinrichs are expecting their baby girl to arrive Nov. 1, their third anniversary. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- The Oklahoma attorney general has charged a 67-year-old doctor with five counts of second-degree murder, accusing her of prescribing excessive amounts of "dangerous" medications to patients "without legitimate medical need" and causing the deaths of at least five patients.The charges were filed in the District Court of Oklahoma County against Regan Nichols, an osteopathic physician in Midwest City, Oklahoma, on Friday morning. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has accused Nichols of being involved in five deaths, all of which occurred between 2010 and 2013, according to the probable cause affidavit. The patients who died ranged in age from 21 to 55.Reports from the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's office stated that all five of the deaths were the result of multi-drug toxicity, according to a press release from the attorney general's office.Three of the individuals were allegedly prescribed "deadly" and "addictive" combination "cocktails," which included Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Alprazolam and Carisoprodol, according to the affidavit, which stated that all of the prescriptions were signed by Nichols.Nichols also allegedly prescribed more than 3 million dosage units of controlled dangerous substances between Jan. 1, 2010 and Oct. 7, 2014, based on data gathered by agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control's Prescription Monitoring Program, according to the affidavit.The attorney general also alleged that 10 of Nichols' patients died from overdoses during that time period. Nichols is being charged with five counts of second-degree murder.After the September 2015 hearing, the Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners stripped Nichols of her ability to prescribe controlled dangerous substance for five years, according to court documents. She then voluntarily surrendered her credentials.During the 2015 hearing, when asked if she thought she overprescribed, Nichols responded that she believed the patients had developed a tolerance to their medications.Earlier that year, in a March 2015 interview with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, Nichols told investigators that she would "fire" or dismiss patients who did not comply with the office's drug screen policies, but she would "unfire" them or give them second and third chances if the abused drug was marijuana, according to the affidavit.An Oklahoma County judge issued a warrant for Nichols' arrest on Friday. She will be held on $50,000 bond."Dr. Nichols prescribed extremely large quantities of controlled substances in suspect combinations, including the most abused and sought after drugs on the street, to numerous patients with very little medical examination or the establishment of a valid doctor-patient relationship and for no legitimate medical need," the probable cause affidavit states.In a statement, Hunter said that "Nichols' blatant disregard for the lives of her patients is unconscionable.""The dangers associated with opioid drugs have been well documented and most doctors follow strict guidelines when prescribing opioids to their patients," Hunter said. "Nichols prescribed patients, who entrusted their well-being to her, a horrifyingly excessive amount of opioid medications."Nichols was not on law enforcement's radar until May 2014, when a concerned former patient reported her to authorities, according to the affidavit. The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control said it began investigating her in October 2014.As of Friday afternoon, Nichols had not yet been arraigned, according to the Oklahoma County Court Clerk. An administrator at the Oklahoma County Jail confirmed to ABC News that she had not yet been booked.ABC News could not immediately reach Nichols for comment, and it is unclear if she retained an attorney. Calls to her medical office were not returned and the phone there appeared to be disconnected.
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