Review Category : Health

Beyonce Super Fan Attends Concert Days After Getting Wisdom Teeth Pulled

Huntstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Beyhive may have just gotten an MVP.

Chelsey Bunner told ABC News that after scoring tickets to Beyonce’s latest tour, The Formation World Tour, her mother told her that her wisdom teeth extraction surgery was scheduled just two days before.

“We considered rescheduling, but we had already rescheduled before,” the teen explained, so she decided “to suck it up” in order to see Queen Bey.

The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, teen said she mentally prepared herself for the concert after her surgery on June 10.

Bunner left for the concert in Hershey, Pennsylvania, after taking pain medication, wrapping her head with ice packs, and creating a sign that read, “When you have wisdom teeth @ 6 but Beyonce @ 7.”

She tweeted photos of herself, complete with gauze stuffed in her cheeks, which eventually went viral with more than 2,000 retweets.

The teen said she was able to enjoy the concert because of her pain medication.

“It wasn’t too bad until the middle of the concert when my ice packs kind of defrosted,” she added. “It wasn’t too bad though.”

Despite getting “a lot of looks and laughs,” Bunner said she enjoyed getting in formation. In fact, it was her first time seeing Bey onstage.

“[Beyonce’s] beauty is so inspiring, who would want to miss her concert?” the teen said. “Her songs always just cheer my friends and I up so we were excited to see her live.”

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‘We’re Not a Threat’: Transgender Teen Shares Powerful Message on Bullying

Erica Maison(NEW YORK) — Corey Maison said she always knew in her heart that she was a female.

The 14-year-old transgender teen describes herself as unique, outgoing, funny and has dreams of one day becoming a supermodel. But for now, Corey’s main focus is sharing her story of how she’s overcome bullying, in the hopes of supporting others who face the same obstacle.

“We’re not a threat,” Corey wrote to ABC News. “We are just like any other kids. We only want people to accept and love us for who we are.”

Corey was born with the same name, but was assigned male sex at birth.

Her mother, Erica Maison of New Baltimore, Michigan, said that Corey has been identifying as a female since she was 2 years old.

“The first time I took her to buy feminine clothes she was 10 years old,” Maison told ABC News of her daughter. “She chose a neon pink and gray shirt and neon pink jeans. I think she wore them for three days straight before I made her change into something else so I could wash them.”

Maison said that Corey was bullied for being transgender when she was younger. The first incident was when a child pushed her down a hill covered in frozen ice, causing injuries to Corey’s face. Eventually, Corey was moved to another school as a result of the bullying, Maison said.

“Her school now is wonderful,” Maison said. “The staff and students are very accepting. She’s treated just like any of the other girls. She’s allowed to use the girls’ bathroom and locker room, and play on the girls’ sports team and cheer team if she wants to.”

With the intention to raise awareness of bullying, Corey appeared in a video introducing a new anti-bullying anthem titled “Misfit” by the Nashville-based band High Dive Heart.

In the footage, Corey shares her inspiring story live from the girls’ bathroom at her school.

“I might look happy now, but I haven’t always been,” reads a flash card that Corey holds up in the video. “I’ve known I was different all my life. When I was little I loved to play with dolls and play dress up. I loved painting my nails too. Wearing my mom’s high heels was my favorite! But only in the house. Never outside … because I was born a boy. I never had many friends. I didn’t fit in with girls, and the boys made fun of me. In 5th grade I was bullied so bad. Almost every day I came home from school crying…. One of the kids told me I should kill myself because no one liked me anyway. He told me no one would miss me if I was dead.”

Corey’s video goes from heartbreak to happiness when she shares how she overcame the bullying. Corey was inspired by transgender activist Jazz Jennings and saw a therapist who helped her transition from a boy to a girl, she said.

“When I turned 14 I stated taking female hormones to start puberty as a girl,” Corey continues in the video. “The day I took my first dose was the happiest day of my life…. I am so happy now. To all kids out there, bullying is never OK.”

The BULLY Project, a social action campaign, shared Corey’s video on its Facebook page, where it received more than 22,000 shares.

“There’s something very inspiring about her having the space to tell her story and inside of that, there’s a sense of her happiness that I think is really special,” said Lee Hirsch, founder of The BULLY Project. “Being herself and the joy that it brought to her, that’s what people resonated with. It was educational for people … it was eye-opening.”

Nelly Joy Reeves of High Dive Heart told ABC News that she and her husband Jason invited Corey to make the video after seeing a photo of her online.

“It takes an incredibly brave human at 14 years old to be a pioneer and spokesperson for what she’s going through,” said Reeves, who wrote the song playing in the video. “I know Corey was inspired by Jazz Jennings and now Corey is inspiring other children who are watching this.”

Corey’s mom Erica Maison said she hopes others will see her daughter as strong person who overcame the obstacle of being bullied.

“I hope she can be an inspiration to other gender nonconforming children and give them the courage to be who they are inside and be able to live their lives as the gender they identify with — their authentic selves,” Maison said. “I also want adults and especially other parents to see a transgender child that has 100 percent support from their family and peers, and see that she is happy and thriving and absolutely loves life.”

She added: “I love that she is comfortable with who she is, and in her own skin. She knows what she wants in life and isn’t ever afraid to go after it. She always goes out of her way to make others smile, and has the most generous and kind heart.”

For a limited time, all proceeds from streams of “Misfit” by High Dive Heart on Spotify and any sales of the song on iTunes will be donated to The BULLY project, Reeves said.

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Five New Dads Share What They’ve Learned About Fatherhood

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Dads are celebrating around the U.S., but for some it is their very first Father’s Day.

ABC News decided to ask five new fathers — who welcomed their first child within the last 12 months — to reflect on fatherhood. We asked the men the same five questions to discover what they’ve learned, what they wish they would’ve known and what’s surprised them about their new role.

What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned about being a father?

Kenny Moore, 31, of Baltimore, Maryland: “That time really matters compared to money and prized possessions. Time really matters to a child and I think that will kind of carry on until they’re grown.”

Travis Wilder, 34, of Harper Woods, Michigan: “He’s really teaching me how to be a better man and a better person because I have this little person watching me even though he’s only six months. He’s teaching me how to be a better husband. He’s my priority now — he and my wife — it’s all about their well being.”

Andy Asaro, 32, of Brooklyn, New York: “The biggest thing is a change in perspective and an increase in patience that comes with knowing that in the long term it’s more about what my daughter wants and what I want in the short term.”

Bryan Crawford, 31, Washington, D.C.: “The biggest thing that I’ve learned is that people were not lying when they said you’re not going to get any sleep.”

Devin Butts, 26, of New York, NY: “The biggest thing that I’ve learned is how to really manage my time with work. Having to actually take care of a child that belongs to you, it’s a whole life that you’re responsible for.”

Did you have any misconceptions about fatherhood?

Moore, father of 12-month-old twins, Malcolm and Miles: “I thought the first couple of years weren’t going to be as fun as opposed to when they’re mobile, but that definitely is not true. I was into it right away.”

Wilder, father of 6-month-old son Maverick:
“I didn’t think I would miss as much sleep as I have.”

Asaro, father of 5-month-old daughter Cordelia: “It’s more or less what I expected, but more emotional than I thought it would be. … I didn’t realize it could be that fulfilling and that touching.”

Crawford, father of 8-month-old son Theo: “You watch TV and you just think: OK, the baby cries and you give them a bottle and everything’s fine, but I didn’t know what to expect. You try to mentally prepare yourself but you can’t prepare yourself until you’re actually there.”

Butts, father of 3-month-old daughter Bailey: “My dad and I had quite a few talks before the baby actually came. He did a very good job of preparing me [and warning me about] the lack of sleep I might have. My dad was there to kind of guide me through those things before they happened.”

Are there things you wish you knew before fatherhood?

Moore: “Most people are going to have an opinion on how you should raise your children and that can kind of wear on you a little bit.”

Wilder: “I wish I would’ve learned how to change a diaper before I became a dad.”

Asaro: “No.”

Crawford: “I look at pictures of this boy when he was 3 months old and he looks entirely different than he does now. I kind of wish going back I could cherish some of that time a little bit more because he just grows every day. That might be the one thing.”

Butts: “I thought that when people said you don’t get any sleep, I really thought I’d be prepared for that because I work a lot. I felt like I already didn’t get a lot of sleep as it was. But you actually get up every two hours — at 2 and 4 in the morning — and you have to get up at 5 and 6 to go to work. I can’t even say you get used to it. You never get used to it.”

Have you experienced any surprising joys?

Moore: “[I like] coming home every day after work. Before hand, you would want to go do something, or go to the store, or maybe go to a happy hour or something like that, but that’s changed. I actually want to come home right after work.”

Wilder: “I get joy out of saying that my son recognizes me. … I really get a joy out of coming home every day and see a smile on my son’s face because he recognizes that daddy’s home.”

Asaro: “A lot of the mundane things that were quite expected like watching your child’s teeth come in or watching her make new sounds or grab at things, pull at things were a much more source of joy than I would’ve expected.”

Crawford: “Small stuff … like when he’s asleep and he starts smiling. I’m thinking like, ‘What is he smiling about? What is he dreaming about?’ When he’s crawling around; that’s a small joy. I videotape it and send it to [my wife] Chelsea.”

Butts: “Just that feeling and that bond that I have with her. … I spend 12 to 13 hours a day dealing with crazy customers but just her smiling and looking at me, it’s just a great feeling that you get inside. Her eyes just glow. I feel real good. It’s kind of crazy.”

Definitively, what’s the best thing about being a father?

Moore: “Getting and giving the love equally.”

Wilder:
“The best thing is — especially for me by having a son — it’s like there’s another me. I get to teach Maverick and mold him just like my father did for me.”

Asaro: “Watching my child’s personality begin to emerge and to know that on the one hand I have a role in guiding that development. [And] on the other hand, she’s her own person and watching that begin to emerge.”

Crawford: “The best thing about being a father is knowing that you’re responsible for someone’s upbringing and all of the possibilities that are there for that person and how you can impact that person’s life. There are regular people that you can’t impact, but your child is someone you have a direct impact on and you just want to do the right thing for them.”

Butts: “[It’s] the feeling I get when I hold her. She has so much life in her. … It’s a very, very deep love, bond and connection that you have with your child that’s kind of unexplainable.”

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Toilet Paper Wedding Dresses Stun in Annual Contest

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Many women pay thousands for the wedding dress of their dreams.

If only they knew that with a few rolls of toilet paper and a whole lot of creativity, a dream dress could be had for pennies.

Wedding dresses and bathroom accoutrements rarely go hand-in-hand, unless it’s time for the annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress competition by Cheap Chic Weddings and sponsored by Charmin. The months-long process of creating and voting ended Thursday in New York City when the winner was announced and awarded with the $10,000 prize.

Ground rules? You must use Charmin brand toilet paper, you may use any type of tape and/or any type of glue, use needle and thread if you like and the dress must be able to be worn by a human and be able to be taken on and off.

Here’s the winning dress:

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Canadian Tourist Delivers Fawn by Emergency C-Section After Mother Is Hit by a Truck

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A Canadian man successfully delivered a healthy baby deer after its mother had been hit by a truck.

The fawn, who was delivered by cesarean section, was named “Friday.”

Sean Steele told ABC News that he traveled to British Columbia from his home in Alberta for a fishing trip with family members last Friday when he saw the driver in front of him hit a deer and drive off.

“We were just going fishing and the lady in front of me ran over a doe so my wife and I stopped to get the doe off the road,” Steele told ABC News. “And I just kind of put her down and she was kind of split in half and the uterus was out so I did a cesarean on her and pulled the fawn out, and cleaned it off and put it in the back seat of my truck.”

He said that he had experience birthing animals because he used to raise cows.

Steele then brought the fawn to the Northern Lights Wildlife Society, located about 15 miles away from where the collision occurred.

Angelika Langen, manager at Northern Lights Wildlife Society, told ABC News that Friday is healthy and happy.

“We are keeping her until the fall and then will release her into the wild,” Langen said. “She is very outgoing, very friendly, she doesn’t know anything else. To her we are her parents.”

Langen said that in her 26 years of working at the Wildlife Society, this was the first fawn born by C-section.

“I understand that the gentleman is a farmer, so he brought out a knife and did a c-section,” she said.

Langen said the organization receives a lot of fawns, but cautions against picking up a stray fawn because mothers will sometimes leave their babies alone for hours before returning to them.

Steele said he and his wife have set up a Facebook page for Friday.

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High School Recreates Graduation for Student Who Recently Woke Up From a Coma

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When Scott Dunn recently awoke from the medically-induced coma he’d been in after getting into a car accident, he was heartbroken after realizing he’d missed his high school graduation.

So his classmates gave him a do-over.

Graduation for the students of East Juniata High School in McAlisterville, Pennsylvania, had happened on May 25, according to ABC affiliate WHTM. Dunn had gotten into a serious car accident on May 22 and was kept sedated until a week later, WHTM reported.

After the school’s principal got word that Dunn was recovering and released from the hospital a few days later, he reached out to the teen’s family and told them the school “wanted to do something special for him.”

That “something special” happened this past Tuesday, when more than half of Dunn’s class came back to recreate the original commencement ceremony just for Dunn, according to the school’s principal Benjamin Fausey.

“Oh goodness, all the students were all excited and in their graduation gowns and caps again,” Fausey told ABC News. “There was so much positive energy.”

Dunn got to lead his classmates in a procession to “Pomp and Circumstance,” Fausey said, adding that after brief speeches, Dunn was called up to receive his diploma. As he walked across the stage, the other graduates erupted in applause and cheer.

After the ceremony, Dunn’s classmates formed a circle around him and threw tossed caps into the air in a show of solidarity, Fausey said.

Dunn told WHTM the whole event left him “speechless.”

“I don’t know how to even explain it,” he said. “I’m speechless to know that this many people are behind me.”

Dunn’s family did not immediately return ABC News’ requests for comment.

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Experts Call for Overhaul of Transgender Health Practices Worldwide

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The various health disparities faced by transgender people has been spotlighted in a series of articles published Friday in the Lancet Medical Journal, with multiple health experts in three papers calling for action to improve the health and well-being of an estimated 25 million transgender people worldwide.

In a first-of-its-kind assessment, the experts focused on the health of transgender people worldwide. The authors from a variety of institutions, including Johns Hopkins University, University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom and the United Nations Development Program, explained how transgender people face serious stigma, discrimination and marginalization, which can affect mental and physical health.

The articles also focused on the specific health problems that transgender people are more likely to face, including a 60 percent rate of depression, a risk of HIV infection that is 50 times greater than the general population, and violence or harassment from others in their community.

“Many of the health challenges faced by transgender people are exacerbated by laws and policies that deny them gender recognition. In no other community is the link between rights and health so clearly visible as in the transgender community,” Sam Winter, one of the lead authors for the series and associate professor at Curtin University in Australia, said in a statement Friday.

“Faced with stigma, discrimination and abuse, transgender people are pushed to the margins of society, excluded from the workplace, their families and health care. Many are drawn into risky situations or behaviours, such as unsafe sex or substance abuse, which leave them at risk of further ill health,” Winter added.

The articles were published to coincide with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health symposium in Amsterdam.

In the three published papers, the authors called for a variety of actions to be taken in order to help protect the health of transgender people. The recommendations included calling on the World Health Organization to remove a diagnosis of transgender from its section on mental health, asking physicians to be trained in transgender health care and allowing transgender people to access feminizing and masculinizing hormones.

Dr. William Byne, an expert in transgender health issues and a professor of psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and a staff psychiatrist at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, told ABC News that the articles may help increase awareness in the medical field of specific health disparities faced by transgender people.

“It’s really bringing it to a wide audience and making it mainstream, which I think is really important,” Byne said.

In the U.S., only 33 percent of medical schools currently teach transgender health care, Byne noted, and even those that do spend on average just five hours on the subject.

“We have woefully under-prepared medical practitioners who are not ready to meet the needs of our LGBT patients,” Byne said. “There’s a need to increase awareness and this article in the Lancet is going to do that.”

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Sushi Donuts Are the Latest Food Craze

Mairi Rivers a.k.a. GingerVegan on Instagram(NEW YORK) — Cronuts are so 2014.

Now, food bloggers around the world are debuting a new trend in hybrid snacks. It’s called the sushi donut.

What’s a sushi donut? It’s just as it sounds. It’s a donut made completely of rice with toppings like fish, ginger, avocado, sesame seeds and wasabi.

Mairi Rivers, who runs Ginger Vegan, an Instagram account dedicated to highlighting healthy food options for athletes, also got in on the trend.

“It didn’t take very long,” she told ABC News of creating the sushi donut.

Rivers, 40, said it took her 15 minutes to create the donut after letting the cooked rice cool down. She added sesame seeds, guacamole, red pepper, tomato and wasabi to her donut.

The Northern Ireland mother of four said her children “absolutely loved how they looked!”

Rivers enjoyed creating the latest foodie trend so much that she’s already come up with her next sushi donut creation — coconut rice and mango.

“That’s a good idea,” she gushed. “I must do that next!”

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Dad Delivers Highway Baby Just in Time for Father’s Day

The Eakes Family(MONTGOMERY, Texas) — A Texas dad received, er, delivered, his Father’s Day gift early this year when he unexpectedly helped bring his newborn son into the world.

“Immediately, this rush came over me,” Bo Eakes of Montgomery, Texas, told ABC News about the Thursday morning incident. “It was wild. I’ve never been that nervous in my whole life.”

He added: “The only thing I could think of that made me respond the way that I did was my second child, Evelyn: I helped deliver her. I was nudging the doctor [to help]. Also being in the military, we have medical training we do on a regular basis. I think everything just came back.”

Eakes said it was around 1 a.m. Thursday when his wife, Kristen, woke him up and announced she was in labor.

“Kristen said, ‘We got to go now,'” Randall recalled. “It takes about 7 or 8 minutes to get out of our neighborhood. She just started having heavy contractions and said, ‘Oh, my God, I feel like I’m pushing. I don’t think I’m going to make it.’ I said, ‘Don’t worry, hon, we’re going to make it.'”

Eakes said he began picking up the pace on Highway 105 en route to CHI St. Luke’s Health-The Vintage Hospital in Houston, which is about 35 minutes away from their home. They were planning to reroute to a closer hospital, but Kristen informed her husband that the baby’s head had already crowned.

With his three children sitting in the backseat, Eakes pulled over and dialed 911.

“My oldest daughter, Kaitlyn, was timing the contractions on an app,” Eakes said. “I finally reached 911 and informed the dispatch of our location. Kristen’s just screaming in the background. She said, ‘I need you to get off the phone. I need your help.'”

Eakes dropped the phone on the hood of the car and walked around to the passenger side where his wife was giving birth in the front seat.

“In my head, I’m saying, ‘Don’t push, hold him in,’ but I didn’t have control over it anymore,” Kristen Eakes told ABC News. “It felt like forever but all of a sudden my husband said, ‘Oh, my God, it’s a boy.”

At 1:51 a.m., Everett Asher Eakes was born. He was 8 pounds, 11 ounces.

“I finally got back on the phone with the dispatch who said, ‘I’ll walk you through this delivery and I said, ‘Well, I already delivered him,'” Eakes said, laughing. “The kids were just ecstatic, cheering her on, saying, ‘Good job, mom.'”

The paramedics of Montgomery County Hospital District arrived at the scene minutes after Kristen gave birth to Everett.

Terry Carpenter, the in-charge paramedic that day, said he was impressed when he and his team arrived on the scene. Carpenter even helped Eakes cut the umbilical cord.

“Mom and dad did such a great job that it made my his life easy,” Carpenter said in a statement to ABC News.

Although Everett’s arrival was quite the surprise, the Eakes family said he’s doing fantastic and they couldn’t be happier.

“I was joking with the nurse, ‘he’s got his Father’s Day gift,'” Kristen said of her husband. “Just the experience alone, for him to be the first one to hold him has been amazing for him.”

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Willy Wonka Candy Factory Spill Sickens Employees

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The Itasca Fire Protection District responded to an early-morning call at the Willy Wonka Candy Factory in the Chicago suburb to find the building being evacuated.

Employees complained of respiratory problems after about 5 gallons of a humidity-regulating solution of lithium chloride leaked from the ventilation system, according to Deputy Chief John Radzinski.

Of the 17 people treated by EMS at the scene, 11 sought further medical help at hospitals for “non-life-threatening” illnesses, Radzinski told ABC News Friday.

A Nestlé spokesman said in a statement: “At this hour, I’m happy to report that all 11 of the employees have been released.”

A pipe carrying the solution burst at about 9:30 p.m., and the spill was contained, the multinational food and beverage company said.

“However, about 2.5 hours after the spill, employees complained of nausea and difficulty breathing,” Nestlé said. “Following our standard employee safety procedure, we arranged for transport of 11 employees to local hospitals for evaluation.”

Lithium chloride is considered a “mild” chemical, but can cause respiratory problems, according to Radzinski. After about two hours, the area of the spill was isolated and work was allowed to resume around 3:30 a.m., officials said.

Because the spill occurred in a factory that produces food products, the health department was alerted to the situation, Radzinski said.

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