Parents do a lot for their children and, occasionally, the children of others. This generous mom donated 5,000 pints of breastmilk to parents in need. 37-year-old Carrie Deklyen saved her baby’s life — and she didn’t even know it. Deklyen chose to forego cancer treatment in order to protect her unborn child, giving birth while in a coma.
Dekylen… discovered she was pregnant in April, just two weeks after being diagnosed with glioblastoma. She underwent two surgeries to remove the tumor and, along with her husband, Nick, chose to forego a clinical trial in order to protect the baby.
The miracle baby was born at 24 weeks and conveniently named Life. Weighing only 1 pound and 4 ounces at birth, Life has progressed immensely, according to doctors. Unfortunately, they couldn’t say the same for Dekylen.
Dekylen’s tumor was showing rapid growth, and doctors were forced to drain fluid from her brain several times. Doctors had hoped to delay delivery until 28 weeks gestation, but a decline in both Life and Dekylen’s health had forced them to act earlier.
Alongside Life, Dekylen will be survived by five other children. As proven by Dekylen, nothing compares to a mother’s love.
When unlikely pairs come together, the results are often a pleasant surprise. Just as the crafstpeople of Peitian didn’t expect to collaborate with Hong Kong students on a building project, this kindergartener didn’t expect a police escort on his first day of school.
Kevin Will Jr., never got the chance to meet his father, so on Tuesday morning, Houston Police Officers honored their friend and and fellow officer, and escorted the 5-year old kindergarten student from his home in the Wildwood at Oakcrest Subdivision to Wildwood Elementary in Tomball ISD.
Will Sr. was killed by a drunk driver in 2011. At the time, Will’s wife Alicia was pregnant with Will Jr. Years later, on behalf of their fallen friend, some 100 police officers walked Will Jr. to school.
“We always touch base with the families who’ve lost loved ones in the line of duty and make sure [they know] we are there for them, whatever they need. In this case, it was just moral support on his first day of school,” [said officer Joe Gramaldi]
I’m not crying. You’re crying. The fact of the matter is, family exists beyond blood. Kevin Will Jr. may not have met his biological father, but has a handful of surrogate dads to count on.
It is in a typical mother’s disposition to nurture, even beyond their own families. A full-time mom and part-time coupon collector, Kimberly Gager used her stash to help Hurricane Harvey victims. A teacher at Pathways Learning Center, Bennie Berry was a mom to hundreds of students. But when 16-year-old Anthony asked Berry to adopt him, true motherhood became a reality.
‘Well, at first I thought he was making jokes until he actually explained the situation,’ said Bennie…
‘And then we struck a deal: Finish an assignment and then you can show me the website.’
In foster care since the age of 9, Anthony gave up hope on becoming part of a family — until enrolling in Bennie’s English class. Though Anthony’s swift request came as a total surprise, Bennie didn’t hesitate to take the youngster in.
‘I have a son. I’m more than elated,’ she said… ‘I have a son for the rest of my life.’
Sometimes, love happens in ways that can’t be taught — not even by an English teacher.
In a controversial era for law enforcement, not every cop has been a bad egg. Among them is the police force of El Segundo, who helped raise funds for a robbed teen. Latest to join the club is Indiana cop Richard Mayer, who spent his first lunch as a cop saving a toddler.
“I looked over and she started gagging. I could see something kind of in the back of her throat, mistakenly reached in to try to grab it out, I think that pushed it back into her throat,” Hasse recalled.
The heroic cop was lunching with colleagues at Chick-fil-A when the frenzied mother approached their table. Hasse then performed back slaps on the child and dislodged the apple chunk almost immediately.
“This is what he was meant to do,” Hasse said. “To save lives in some kind of way.”
Talk about first-day jitters! Luckily, all Hasse’s efforts paid off.
The miracle of birth is nothing short of a spectacle. Whether you’re a transgender man breaking norms or a preteen delivering your own brother — it’s exciting! For some, like California mom Maria Esperanza Flores Rios, it’s also pretty weird. The eager mom gave birth to twins, born minutes apart but in different years.
Delano Regional Medical Centre has stated that Joaquin was the last baby born in Kern County in 2017, with his younger sister Aitana named the first baby born in Kern County in 2018.
Talk about a never-ending dispute of “but I’m the older twin!” Breaching complications forced Rios into a C-section, but the twins are perfectly healthy. The rare duo join three other sisters, who will likely boast the incredible story at school.
According to Louise Firth Campbell and Amram Shapiro, co-authors of The Book of Odds, the odds of twins being born in different years are around one in 60,000.
Now that’s something to brag about.
In rare instances, people put their lives on hold for others. For troops, it’s an everyday thing. Where military parents have prolonged time away from their children, military couples have postponed weddings. Many have since figured it’s time to give back. Mother to U.S. troops Michael and David Scott, LeAnn Boudwine began sending care packages to her sons and their comrades. Since 2007, Support the Troops WI has mailed 10,000 bags to deployed soldiers all over the world.
“Every box is different,” [Boudwine] says. “I always tell people when we are putting them together, make them neat and make it a ‘gift’ from you … around the holidays this may be the only box they receive, make it special.”
Support the Troops WI is run entirely by volunteers and shipping is covered by donations. Boudwine shops according to a wish list, giving packages a personal touch.
[Boudwine] goes on to say, “I really can’t believe that we have come this far. I never take for granted the donations … no one could do this alone, it takes a village. Or in my case a caring, giving, compassionate community.”
The group’s slogan is “They’re Still There, We Still Care” — a mantra that volunteers clearly, religiously live by.