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Teen Gets Heart Transplant Day After Spending Prom at Hospital

iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — A Seattle teen says she feels “awake” again after getting a heart transplant the day after celebrating prom in the hospital.

The surgery was eight years in the making since Isabella Anderson was told at age 10 that she would likely need a heart transplant to stay alive. Diagnosed as a child with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Anderson’s heart muscle was thickened causing the organ not work effectively.

“It’s pretty uncommon,” Anderson told ABC News. “The way I was describing it was one of [hearts] muscles was thick, but as time progressed the entire heart was dilated.”

For the first years of her illness, Anderson’s doctors were able to keep her mostly out of the hospital with a careful balance of monitoring and medication. But starting last year, Anderson’s condition started to quickly decline. Doctors implanted a special defibrillator aimed at keeping her heart beating in a regular rhythm and this year Anderson suffered a stroke in March. While the stroke symptoms were not permanent, doctors felt she was no longer well enough to stay outside the hospital.

“I declined very rapidly, I had an extremely normal seven or eight years of childhood and then I got sick very fast,” Anderson said.

The teen’s health decline also coincided with her senior year of high school. Earlier this month, Anderson said she was pretty upset on her prom night.

“I was feeling the difference between me and my peers,” Anderson said. “That day it was really hard. Sometimes it just hits you how different you are,” from other students.

To cheer her up, Anderson’s mother and other staff in the ICU conspired to put together a little surprise. Anderson’s mother brought over a dress and her sister did the teen’s hair and makeup.

“I was really excited about it and it was great, then surprise after surprise,” Anderson said. “The ICU doctor … his wife had made me a flower corsage and he brought me some sparkling cider and some little champagne flutes. For me that was one of the best moments.”

Anderson’s favorite nurse was even able to sneak her and her family to the hospital’s rooftop garden after closing hours.

“It was even more awesome when we got up stairs,” Anderson said. The nurses and staff “told me their proms stories and [Anderson’s favorite nurse] Danny had never had a prom. So we were joking that we each other’s prom dates.”

Afterwards, Anderson said she felt so happy, she was no longer bothered by the fact she missed her own prom.

“That night, I told [my mother] that was just what I needed and now I can wait,” Anderson said. “The next morning the doctor comes in and says, ‘We have some news for you.'”

After months of waiting, heart was finally available for the teen.

“I was less nervous than I thought I was going to be,” Anderson said of the heart transplant operation. “I really have a lot of trust in these people.”

After waiting eight long years, on June 7 Anderson got a new heart. The teen said after she woke up she could tell almost instantly that her new heart was working more effectively.

“It’s kind of been like I’ve been woken up again. My mind has sprung back into action,” Anderson said. “When you’re so sick, you kind of let things go. You can’t care about things so much.”

Anderson said now she actually has energy to walk up stairs or start a political conversation. Most importantly the teen is finally getting out of the hospital just in time to go to her graduation tonight.

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Parents of Rare Identical Triplets Tell Them Apart by Toenail Color

Courtesy of the Fradel Family(WAKE FOREST, N.C.) — In a rare, one-in-a-million occurrence, one North Carolina couple welcomed a set of identical triplets last month.

The Fradel girls, Grace, Stella and Emily, were born on May 6 and while they’re as cute as can be, even proud parents Gavin and Kimberly Fradel have trouble telling them apart.

“We paint their toenails all different colors,” Gavin Fradel told ABC News of how he and his wife distinguish their daughters. “Emily has blue, Grace has yellow and Stella has purple.”

Back in November, Fradel, of Wake Forest, North Carolina, received a surprising phone call from his pregnant wife Kimberly, who was visiting the doctor to check up on their baby.

“She started crying and she was like, ‘Do you know how many kids were having?'” Fradel recalled. “I said, ‘Twins,’ and she said, ‘No, we’re having triplets.'” A cloud went over my face and I said, ‘Are you serious?'”

He added: “This all happened naturally. We were trying to get pregnant for about a month and it happened pretty quickly. We got three out of the deal.”

Fradel said that as far as he’s aware, multiples do not run in either his or his wife’s families. Kimberly did not use any fertility drugs during her pregnancy, he said.

Grace and Stella were born a few seconds apart at 11:37 a.m., followed by Stella at 11:38 a.m.

They join their big brother, Gavin Jr., 2, who visited the girls while they were in the NICU.

“He turns around and said, ‘Daddy, take them back'” Fradel said, laughing. “I hugged him and said, ‘Son, I can’t take them back. They’re your sisters.’ Today, Gavin kisses them on their heads, gives the bottles to my wife and he’s such a good big brother to them.”

With three small babies in the house, the Fradels now go through 30 diapers and one whole can of formula per day. Fradel and mom Kimberly operate in shifts so she’s able to pump for breastfeeding as well, Fredal explained.

In addition to their painted toe nails, the girls all have the same birthmark in a different spots, which makes it easier for their parents to identify them, Fradal said.

“Our family has been very supportive,” Fradel said. “There’s a lot of work, but we’re getting it done. I love them. They are just beautiful little girls.”

Kimberly Fradel said she thanks the UNC Maternal Fetal Medicine, their NICU and the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill for caring for her triplets.

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The Truth Behind the Dreaded ‘Superbug’

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — What’s the real story behind the notorious “superbug” that triggered nationwide fear and panic about an impending post-antibiotic era?

In the first episode of ABC News Pulse Check, infectious disease specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh weighs in on the rare strain of E. coli bacteria that infected one Pennsylvania woman. The bacteria was found to be resistant to a harsh and rarely-used antibiotic called colistin.

“We are increasingly seeing situations where people are getting infected with bacteria that are resistant to many if not all of the antibiotics [we currently use],” Tosh said.

However, the bacteria was still vulnerable to another more common antibiotic — and the woman is now doing well, according to a recent statement by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While antibiotic resistance is a serious and growing issue, scientists in the U.S. have not yet discovered a bacteria that is resistant to all antibiotics. So, how do we prevent this monster myth from becoming a reality?

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Your Body: Overprescribed Antibiotics

Ingram Publishing/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

When was the last time you were prescribed an antibiotic? Have you ever considered that you might be taking too much?

According to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors are overprescribing antibiotics. That’s a problem because taking antibiotics for a cold or the flu could mean they won’t work when you need them and, overtime, that would lead to the development of drug-resistant bacteria.

So when do you really need an antibiotic and what should you ask your doctor when you get a prescription? Here are my tips:

  • Ask if this is the right antibiotic for the infection you have.
  • If you’re given an antibiotic prescription, finish the entire course even if you start to feel better immediately.
  • Remember that not every symptom requires treatment with an antibiotic.

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Puppy with Special Needs Is Thriving After Physical Therapy

Courtesy Nikki Carvey(LOS ANGELES) — A 10-week-old French bulldog with hydrocephalus, a condition that causes an accumulation of fluid in the brain, is fighting for his life and stealing hearts along the way. The adorable puppy, named Herbie, is making remarkable process, according to the women working to help him.

Herbie was brought to Road Dogs & Rescue, an organization committed to rescuing bulldogs, after the breeder realized Herbie’s condition. Road Dogs & Rescue Founder Nikki Carvey told ABC News that the puppy could hardly move when he first arrived at the organization. Herbie’s condition makes balancing especially difficult, she said.

Carvey’s first step was to bring Herbie to a veterinarian, where neurologists prescribed him medications to help slow down the build-up of fluids. Once that was taken care of, Carvey decided to start him on physical rehabilitation.

“It’s almost like he’s frustrated that he can’t move around normally because he wants to run and play but he can’t, so we’re going to do our best to get him there,” Carvey explained.

Courtesy Nikki CarveyFor the past week, Herbie has been at the Two Hands Four Paws rehabilitation center where swimming and treadmill exercises are helping him to build strength. The goal is to get Herbie to stand up and walk by himself.

“His change has been absolutely remarkable,” Leslie Gallagher, the founder of Two Hands Four Paws, told ABC News. “Every single day he’s so much stronger than the day before.” He is now able to chew on toys and even play tug of war.

Ideally, Herbie will remain at the rehabilitation center for 10 days.

Dogs with this condition are typically euthanized, Gallagher explained, so it is difficult to predict Herbie’s future. Hopefully, Herbie will gain enough function and stability to hold out for another few months. He will need a brain shunt, an operation that drains the fluid, but cannot have the procedure until he is at least 6 months old.

Carvey said that if Herbie is able to have the surgery and make progress, he will be available for adoption. But that won’t happen until his current caregivers are certain he is healthy enough.

What is certain, however, is Herbie’s determination and signature spunk.

“He’s a ton of fun to work with, he’s such a baby,” Gallagher said. “Everyone here has fallen madly in love with him.” Can you blame them?

You can follow Herbie’s progress on Facebook or Instagram.

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Prince William Champions Child Mental Health on Father’s Day

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — As a new father, Prince William used this Father’s Day to reflect on what he’s learned about fatherhood.

William, the third in line to the throne who turns 34 on Tuesday, has two children — Prince George, who celebrates his third birthday on July 22, and Princess Charlotte, who just turned one. William used his profile to encourage fathers from all walks of life to bring mental health issues with their children out in the open.

In a message on the website of Heads Together, a mental health campaign, William wrote: “Today I celebrate my third Father’s Day as a father. For me it is a day not just to celebrate how fortunate I am for my young family, but to reflect on just how much I’ve learned about fatherhood and the issues facing fathers in all walks of life.”

William said Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s mental health is just as much of a priority as their physical health.

“In particular, it is a time to reflect on my responsibility to look after not just the physical health of my two children, but to treat their mental needs as just as important a priority,” he wrote.

Prince William, Princess Kate and Prince Harry last month launched the Heads Together Campaign hoping to create a safe environment where kids feel comfortable opening up about the mental health challenges they face growing up.

The royal trio said they hope their new campaign will draw attention to the most difficult issues young people and parents face tackling bullying, suicide, homophobia and other unresolved mental health concerns.

Heads Together Father’s Day Breakfast from InVision Communications on Vimeo.

With the support of their Royal Foundation, William, Kate and Harry will each draw attention to a different component of mental health. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, will raise the profile on bullying, cyber bullying and suicide among young men. Prince Harry is focusing on “invisible injuries” many veterans face after they return from the battlefield. The Duchess of Cambridge will spearhead the initiative on challenges children and young people suffer.

“So many of the issues that adolescents and adults are dealing with can be linked to unresolved childhood challenges,” the Duke of Cambridge said on the website.

Prince William used Father’s Day to remind parents that safeguarding children’s mental health is just as important as their physical health.

“I have been really disheartened to learn that even with all the progress made in recent years, many parents would still be ashamed if their children had a mental health problem,” William wrote on the Heads Together website.

He said he is trying to end the stigma around mental health and encourage fathers to take an active role in their children’s life and not be afraid to reach out for help.

“We know that fathers find asking for help harder than mothers,” he wrote in his message.

The Heads Together campaign will be the single biggest initiative Prince William, Princess Kate and Prince Harry will undertake over the next year and they hope to change the conversation on mental health.

“So on this Father’s Day, I encourage all fathers to take a moment to ask their children how they are doing. And know that if your son or daughter ever needs help, they need their father’s guidance and support just as much as they need their mother’s,” he wrote.

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Dog Gets Yucky Surprise From Adorable Baby

Leah and Josh Parsons(WASHINGTON) — The bond between an adorable infant named Benjamin and his pet boxer Liberty is just too sweet for words.

But Liberty learned very quickly that with babies, spit happens.

Mom Leah Parsons of Maryland told ABC News that her husband Josh had been filming the dynamic duo interacting on June 9.

The video, posted on Parsons’ YouTube page, shows Liberty giving 1-month-old Benjamin kisses when all of a sudden, the poor pup gets a dose of spit in the nose.

“[Liberty] still comes back to [Benjamin] him and smells him and gets close, but I’d be afraid to get close to him after that,” Parsons said with a laugh. “People, like you, have just been laughing out loud, total surprise.”

The Parsons have two other boxers named George and Franklin.

“Hopefully they’ll grow up being good friends,” Parsons said. “The dogs are super gentle with him. They love him to death. The moment he came home they’ve been very protective and all about him.”

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Thousands of Minneapolis-Area Nurses Launch Week-Long Strike

iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — Nurses at five hospitals in the Minneapolis-area have begun a week-long strike over a contract dispute.

According to the nurses in the Minnesota Nurses Association, hospital operator Allina Health wants to switch nurses to a plan with lower monthly premiums and higher out-of-pocket costs.

About 4,800 nurses are expected to join the picket lines starting Sunday as they call for Allina to hold contract talks.

“We’re asking Allina, come back and actually negotiate with us,” said Angie Becchetti, one of the nurses on strike. “We’re asking for health insurance to keep intact and we’re asking for better staffing and workplace violence prevention.”

Allina CEO Dr. Penny Wheeler said replacement nurses were being brought in and would help the hospitals operate normally.

“With the support of all the other members of our outstanding care team, along with our experienced temporary nurses, the public can be confident that our quality of care will not be compromised,” she said.

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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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