At Least 15 People Dead After Tap Water is ‘Contaminated with Human Feces’

At least 15 people are dead amid a cholera outbreak outside Pretoria, the capital of South Africa, according to multiple reports.

Three of South Africa’s nine provinces now have confirmed cholera outbreaks, including Gauteng, which contains Pretoria and Johannesburg, according to The Times UK.

The first death in the country was confirmed in February and traced to a case from nearby Malawi, which has seen hundreds of deaths from the illness.

The disease has spread further due to poor water and sewage infrastructure, Deputy Minister for Housing and Water David Mahlobo said.

He admitted his own agency’s response to concerns “has not been very productive.”

The mayor of Tshwane planned to visit Hammanskraal, a small town where the outbreak is intense, but had to leave due to the crowds surrounding his car.

There, one resident told News24 what the real problem with the water is.

“The mayor never came to address the people before, but now that people have died, he wants to act as if he cares,” Sophy Malope said. “The water issue started in 2011. Our tap water was contaminated with human feces. It was the same even after boiling it. We are tired of empty talks, we want action.” 

Twenty-nine countries reported cholera outbreaks in 2022, an increase over prior years, according to The World Health Organization.

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Author Hank Green Reveals His ‘Heavy’ Cancer News

YouTuber and VidCon co-founder Hank Green shared Friday that he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that attacks the lymphatic system.

“It seems likely that we caught mine early. I’m still waiting on a scan to sort of confirm that,” Green said in a 13-minute video uploaded to YouTube. He said he would be starting chemotherapy soon

Green and his brother John, a YA author, gained prominence online through their shared YouTube channel vlogbrothers. They have created various other popular projects, including the educational YouTube channel Crash Course and the podcast “Dear Hank and John.”

Green said he received advice from friends who have previously had cancer about what to expect during treatment. He explained that he had several risk factors for lymphoma including certain medications, an autoimmune disease and having mononucleosis as a child.

He also addressed how his diagnosis may impact his work moving forward and shared that he may not be able to make content as frequently. Green acknowledged that his community would likely be understanding and supportive about this.

“I’m playing it by ear,” he said in the video. “I know I’m gonna feel like garbage, like it’s gonna be really unpleasant.”

VidCon, the annual internet culture convention hosted in Anaheim, released a statement on Instagram announcing that Green would not be attending this year’s event, which takes place next month.

“Due to his recent diagnosis, Hank will no longer be able to attend VidCon Anaheim 2023 next month,” the post said. “To our Co-Founder, go-to science guy, and only person on the internet who seems to understand where all the candle wax goes: we’re sending all the love from the VidCon community & beyond.”

Following Green’s announcement, many shared their support for him in comments.

“So sorry to hear Hank! Wishing you all the strength and energy to get through this,” gaming YouTuber Seán McLoughlin, better known as Jacksepticeye, tweeted.

“I don’t care if it’s parasocial but legit love and care about you like you’re my weird uncle I never see. You have provided me, unknowingly, with so much strength over the years and I hope that you feel like the community can pour some strength into you!!” one fan tweeted.

Fans also sent Green photos of pelicans to show their love, per Green’s request.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Shares Secret Personal Struggles (VIDEO)

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has never shied away from showing his strength on screen, but now the former pro wrestler is showing his strength in a different way.

The actor recently opened up about his experiences with depression and urged other men to be honest about their own mental health , too.

In a new interview on the podcast “The Pivot” , Johnson said his struggles with his mental health began years ago, but he didn’t always have the words to express how he was feeling.

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic via Getty ImagesActor Dwayne Johnson and daughter Jasmine Johnson attend the ceremony honoring Dwayne Johnson with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Dec. 13, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif.

“I left school, but the interesting thing at the time is, I didn’t know what mental health was. I didn’t know what depression was. I just knew I didn’t want to be there,” Johnson told “The Pivot” hosts and former NFL stars Channing Crowder, Fred Taylor and Ryan Clark.

Johnson said he wrestled with his mental health and described struggling with depression after his college football career ended and, later, after his divorce to his first wife Dany Garcia in 2008. He said this time he was able to identify his depression and “lean on” friends.

“I knew what it was at that time and luckily I had some friends that I could lean on and say, ‘Hey I’m feeling a little wobbly now. I got a little struggle happening,'” said Johnson.

Jb Lacroix/WireImage via Getty Images, FILEDwayne Johnson, Lauren Hashian and daughter Jasmine Johnson attend a ceremony honoring him with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on Dec. 13, 2017 in Los Angeles.

He said being aware of his “mental pain” and talking to someone about it has made all of the difference.

“I’ve worked hard over the years to gain the emotional tools to work through any mental pain that may come to test me. As men, we didn’t talk about it. We just kept our head down and worked through it. Not healthy, but it’s all we knew,” said Johnson.

The National Institute of Health reported that an estimated 21 million adults in the U.S. experienced a “major depressive episode” in 2020.

Even though men and women both experience depression, symptoms can vary. Men may appear to be “angry or aggressive” rather than sad, which can make a diagnosis of depression harder in some cases. In addition, men are less likely than women to talk about and seek treatment for depression, according to the NIH.

However, advocates like Johnson who said they once struggled to talk about mental health for so long are now urging other men to ask for help.

“If you’re going through your own version of mental wellness turning into mental hell-ness, the most important thing you can do is talk to somebody,” he said. “Having the courage to talk to someone is your superpower.”

Woman, 24, Almost Dies After Her “Brain Exploded”

A young woman was looking forward to starting law school and working towards her career goal of becoming an attorney when the unthinkable happened.

It all started as Morgan Bailey, 24, felt a searing headache and numbness down her right side. She had a stroke at the age of 22. She now remembers it as the day her “brain exploded.”

“I was working at a school when my stroke happened. It was their graduation and I was working to get everything done as the ceremony was starting 10 minutes later,” said Bailey.

“I didn’t feel good all day but suddenly my arm and entire right side went numb. I had an excruciating headache, and I knew something was wrong. I went and told my friend, but I don’t remember anything that happened after that for a month.”

What Is an Arteriovenous Malformation?

The cause for Bailey’s stroke at such a young age was an arteriovenous malformation (AVM). These are abnormal clusters of blood vessels, usually found in the spinal cord or the brain, which disrupt the connections between the arteries and veins.

Most cases of brain AVMs are congenital, although in some instances they can appear later in life. It’s thought that they affect around 1 percent of the general population, though many people aren’t aware that they have an AVM until it bleeds.

Bailey was aware that she had an AVM since she was 18, after a fall at school led her to wake up the next morning paralyzed on the right side. Hospital scans revealed the AVM with three brain aneurysms, but when the paralysis subsided doctors hoped that Bailey wouldn’t suffer any more complications from the malformation.

Four years later, the numbness returned, the headaches started and Bailey grew irritable in the lead-up to her stroke.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke notes that significant symptoms of an AVM include a hemorrhage, which can cause a stroke and subsequent brain damage. The range of symptoms of an AVM include seizures, headaches, pain, visual problems, speech problems and muscle weakness.

Morgan Bailey in hospital after a stroke
Bailey in the hospital following the stroke in May 2021. Two years later, Bailey is still dealing with the aftereffects of her stroke now. @livingwithanavm

Treatment for an AVM varies depending on the case, but after Bailey’s stroke she underwent a craniotomy to remove 75 percent of the malformation, and gamma radiation on the remaining portion that couldn’t be removed.

“I had multiple angiograms, MRIs, CT scans, a craniotomy which took away 75 percent of my AVM,” she said. “The other 25 percent was still in there, so I had gamma knife radiation treatment that’s supposed to get rid of it.

“I was in the Intensive Care Unit for four weeks, and then inpatient rehabilitation for three weeks. I did intense physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy for over a year, like it was my job.”

After a full year of learning how to do everyday things again, like walking and speaking, Bailey is still paralyzed on her right side. She has also had to recover from severe aphasia, so she’s now very thankful to be able to maintain a conversation again.

Bailey continued: “I had no idea what this was before it happened, I didn’t even know what an AVM was or how they happen. Before, if you would have asked me if someone can have a stroke aged 22, I would have said no way.

“I had to re-learn everything, including how to walk and how to speak properly. I had to learn how to write with my left hand as I can’t use my right.

“It was very difficult, and that was when I found Entire Care, a therapy place in Sedona, Arizona. There were days when I would show up and wouldn’t want to do anything, but somehow I’d leave feeling regenerated.”

Morgan Bailey in a wheelchair after stroke
Bailey in a wheelchair after the stroke. Bailey had to learn how to walk again. @livingwithanavm

Dr. Reza Karimi, a vascular and endovascular neurosurgeon at New Jersey Brain and Spine, believes he has treated approximately 150 AVM cases over the last 11 years.

Dr. Karimi explained that most people who have an AVM won’t know unless it bleeds, which can happen “seemingly out of nowhere.” The hemorrhage could be triggered by physical exercise or an activity that raises blood pressure, but he has also dealt with cases where it’s happened in the person’s sleep.

“AVMs are thought to occur at some point during childhood,” Karimi told Newsweek. “Brain AVMs are particularly dangerous since they can bleed into the brain and cause a tremendous amount of brain injury.

“The recovery process after a brain AVM hemorrhage is variable, it depends largely on where the AVM is located and how much brain injury has occurred. Some are better off than others. When a small amount of brain hemorrhage occurs in a less sensitive area of the brain, they can make a near perfect recovery over time.

“In others with profound weakness, paralysis, loss of speech, or coma from the initial brain hemorrhage, the recovery process can take up to two years and they will usually only be able recover part of what function they have lost.”

Although there can be a number of symptoms, including headaches, memory loss or a pulsating sound in the ears, most of the time a brain AVM is only found after it’s already hemorrhaged.

“Brain AVMs that have not bled are often discovered incidentally on brain scans that were ordered for other reasons. But unfortunately, the most common way to find a brain AVM is only after it has already bled, and the person now finds themself in completely unexpected life-threatening situation.”

Morgan Bailey had a stroke in 2021
Bailey pictured after recovering from her stroke. Now that she has regained her physical strength back, Bailey enjoys hiking again. @livingwithanavm

Going through a stroke at such a young age has been life-changing for Bailey. She told Newsweek that her “life has completely flipped upside down” since May 2021. Despite the grueling recovery, which is still ongoing, Bailey has found positives from the experience and now hopes to educate others.

One year into her recovery, Bailey started detailing what she went through on social media (@livingwithanavm) and on her blog, Living With An AVM.

“I now don’t want to do anything that I was planning on doing with my degree in forensic psychology and a law degree,” she continued.

“I know that I want to help people who are in a tough spot, who have had strokes, who have AVMs and more. I’m happy that my life changed after the stroke, it’s much simpler now. It’s not all about the hustle and bustle that I was chasing before.

“We need to live life to the fullest because you never know what’s around the corner.

“I started my social media one year after my ‘alive date,’ or the day that my brain exploded. I knew that I wanted to start something, whether it be social media or a blog, so I did both. I want to educate others and spread information explaining what to do if someone is having a stroke.”


Jamie Foxx Remains Hospitalized Fans Urged to ‘Pray for Jamie’

Jamie Foxx remains hospitalized more than 3 weeks after suffering a medical emergency, and those closest to him say he needs all the prayers and well-wishes his fans can muster.

While his exact condition remains secret, as it has been tightly guarded by his family, sources close to Jamie echo the same plea, “Pray for Jamie.”

It was April 12 when Foxx’s daughter, Corinne, announced her father suffered a “medical complication.”

Jamie is one of the most prolific actors in Hollywood, and his condition has sent studios scrambling.

Jamie has been the host of the hugely popular “Beat Shazam” music lyric game show on FOX, which was going into production just days after he was hospitalized.

Sources with direct knowledge tell us, Jamie will not be on this season of “Beat Shazam.” We’re told filming starts today, with a new host.

We’re also told Corinne, who DJs on the show, will not be on as well, she’s been a fixture at the hospital in Atlanta by her dad’s side.

As we reported, Jamie was in Atlanta for work on the film “Back in Action” when he fell ill, a stunt double and body double have been seen filling in for Jamie for that project.

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Mom Stung Over 75 Times During Bee Attack While Protecting Her Kids (VIDEO)

A mom in Arizona was hospitalized after she and her two children were attacked by bees during a family photoshoot, according to authorities. But her “quick thinking” helped protect them.

The Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (AFMA) said the attack took place in the Buckeye Valley area while the trio was taking photos.

The mom, who has not been publicly identified, rushed her children into a nearby car before taking “the brunt on the stings,” according to a Facebook post from the agency.

“The mother’s quick thinking saved the children from being stung,” the AFMA said Sunday.

Crews then used foam “to calm the bees” before rescuing the kids from the car, according to authorities.

Footage from the scene shared by authorities on social media show crews spraying the foam over an SUV while one firefighter carries one of the kids away from the car.

The AFMA also shared the 911 call made by the kids’ grandmother, who reported the attack to a Phoenix dispatcher.

“Please hurry. Please hurry. My daughter can’t get in the car. She’s being attacked by bees,” the grandmother said in the clip.

She later added, “My granddaughters are with her. Please send some help.”

The mother was stung more than 75 times, according to the AFMA. She was transported to a local hospital and has since recovered, they said.

According to the AFMA, victims of a bee attack should run in a straight line, cover their faces and run for shelter.

However, victims should not attempt to enter a body of water. “The bees will wait for you to come up for air,” according to the University of Arizona. Victims should not fight the bees, either. “The more you flail your arms, the madder they will get,” the University of Arizona said.

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Michael J. Fox Won’t be Alive Much Longer (VIDEO)

Michael J. Fox, 61, has opened about his 30-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, telling CBS Sunday Morning his health is deteriorating.

Fox states: “I’m not gonna lie. It’s gettin’ hard, it’s gettin’ harder. It’s gettin’ tougher. Every day it’s tougher,” he said. “It’s banging on the door… I’m not gonna be 80.”

Fox said he had surgery to remove a benign tumor on his spine but the operation “messed up” his walking and he started breaking bones in his arm, elbow, face and hand. “You don’t die from Parkinson’s. You die with Parkinson’s,” the Family Ties actor said. “So I’ve been–I’ve been thinking about the mortality of it.”

Fox was 29 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, launching the Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2000, and becoming a fierce advocate and fundraiser for those living with the disease.


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NBC News’ Morgan Chesky Hospitalized with Pulmonary Edema on Vacation

NBC News correspondent Morgan Chesky was hospitalized with high-altitude pulmonary edema while on a trip to Utah’s Zion National Park.

HAPE occurs when fluid builds up in the lungs and prevents oxygen from moving around your body, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Chesky, who is based out of Dallas, Texas, shared photos of his scenic trip on Instagram Wednesday but interrupted the carousel with a photo of himself lying in a hospital bed with some sort of breathing tube.

The broadcaster explained in the caption that he developed a fever after hiking Bryce Canyon and couldn’t catch his breath, but decided to try to hike in Zion the next day anyways. Chesky was rushed to the hospital when his oxygen levels plummeted to 58.

“I’ve hiked tougher trails at higher elevations, but even a slow pace caused my pulse to spike. I got angry,” Chesky explained, adding that he thought a good night of sleep and some Tylenol would fix everything.

“When my uncle grabbed my pack, I let him take it and finished the trail, too weak to even celebrate.”

“But when I woke up worse, I caved. After hearing my symptoms at Urgent Care, they tested my pulse ox (blood oxygen saturation). Normal is 95-100 percent,” he shared.

“Mine read 58.”Enlarge ImageHe remains hospitalized in Utah.breakingchesky/Instagram

A CT scan revealed Chesky, 37, had fluid in his lungs, which left him “confused” because he had hiked mountains with higher elevations in the past.

“Doctors told me it didn’t matter,” he wrote. “A cold I may not have noticed in Dallas was exacerbated by elevation, making me even more prone to altitude sickness.

“When my lungs started to fill with fluid, it forced my heart to work harder, causing my pulse to skyrocket.”Enlarge ImageHe’s expecting a child with Jane Steele.breakingchesky/Instagram

If HAPE goes untreated, a person could either pass out from lack of oxygen or enter cardiac arrest.

“Over 24 hours, high flow oxygen, blood thinners, and stellar care eased me back towards a safe baseline,” Chesky shared. “My best night’s sleep in days was in an ICU bed I felt lucky to have.”

Chesky also shared that he still wasn’t home but quipped he’d see “y’all at a lower elevation soon,” where he’ll reunite with Conversation Couture CEO Olivia Jane Steele, with whom he’s expecting his first child.

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Update on Ozzy’s ‘Torturous’ Health Issues

Sharon Osbourne has given an update on her husband Ozzy Osbourne’s health after he announced he would be retiring from touring. 

The former “The Talk” host revealed she had to take a break from her television duties to care for Ozzy after he experienced a string of health battles — including Parkinson’s disease, a “life-altering” surgery and COVID-19.

“Ozzy’s Achilles’ heel has always been his lungs, so to get something like COVID that affects your breathing and all of that, it was just torturous,” Sharon said during an interview with The Sun.

“It has been very difficult. Ozzy has been plagued medically by different things that have been wrong. It is like one thing leads to another then another.”

Ozzy, 74, announced his retirement in February after canceling all his tour dates due to ongoing health scares.

“For some reason he is tested all the time. I think, ‘No more, please God. He has passed all the tests, he has survived — please leave him alone,’” Sharon continued.

In March, the “Black Sabbath” front man was on the list of headliners announced for the first Power Trip Festival in Indio, California, this fall. Rock bands Guns N’ Roses, Metallica and AC/DC are slated to join the music event.

“I am honestly humbled by the way you’ve all patiently held onto your tickets for all this time, but in all good conscience, I have now come to the realization that I’m not physically capable of doing my upcoming European/UK tour dates, as I know I couldn’t deal with the travel required,” he posted on his social media accounts in February.

Although Ozzy said his “singing voice is fine,” he remains physically weak after three operations, stem cell treatments, physical therapy and hybrid assistive limb treatment, which uses a robotic exoskeleton to help improve movement.

The heavy metal singer-songwriter has struggled with a number of physical ailments over the years. In 2003, he almost died in an ATV accident when his quad flipped onto him while he was riding around his London estate. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease within the same year.

Osbourne also underwent an operation after suffering a bad fall in 2019. He had surgery on his neck which messed up his nerves.

He opened up about his physical ailments and his ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease in an interview with The Observer last August.

“With the pressing on the spinal column, I got nerve pain,” Ozzy said. “I’d never f—ing heard of nerve pain! You know when you’re a kid, and you’re playing with snow and your hands get really cold? Then you go in and you pour on hot water, and they start getting warm? And you get those chills? And it f—ing hurts? It’s like that.”

“The screws had come loose and were chipping away at the bone. And the debris had lodged under his spine,” Sharon explained about his back issues.

In June 2022, Ozzy underwent a “major” surgery that could have “determined the rest of his life.”

Ozzy and Sharon tied the knot in 1982. The couple share three kids together Kelly, Jack and Aimee. Ozzy also has Louis and Jessica from his previous marriage to ex-wife Thelma Riley.

Woman Loses All Four Limbs After Concert

An aspiring model has claimed she ended up having to have all four limbs amputated after contracting Legionnaires’ disease from a mist machine at a concert.

22-year-old Evelyn Davis said she went to a gig in June but just a few days later she became unwell, feeling extremely tired with a high temperature and fever.

She said she started feeling unwell three days after the concert, but having had an irregular body temperature beforehand, decided to wait it out and see if it went down.

The construction company admin assistant woke up the following day feeling even more unwell the next day and she was rushed to hospital.

She was diagnosed with sepsis and pneumonia, and said she fell into a coma for 16 days where she went into full organ failure.

Evelyn, of Tyler, Texas, also claimed to have had a series of ‘wild dreams’, including being on the beach eating fruit with the Kardashians, during this time.

Describing her journey to hospital, Evelyn said: “Within the first two hours of being transported [to another hospital], I got completely delirious. I had no idea what was happening and who anybody was.

“My mum told me that I told her that I was about to die. I was in a coma for 16 days.

“I had very wild dreams when I was in my coma. I dreamt that I was on the beach with the Kardashians and I was eating a bunch of fruit.”

She said she was given drugs in order to stabilise her blood pressure, which cut off blood supply to her hands and feet by the time she was taken off them 12 days later.

Evelyn explained: “They had me on vasopressors to stabilise my blood pressure but they draw all the circulation to your organs and take away blood flow and circulation to your extremities.

“I was on those for about 12 days so I’d lost all blood flow to my hands and feet by the time they were able to take me off them.

“Once I woke up, I felt that something was wrong with my limbs because they were completely black and cold but my brain was still very groggy, I really couldn’t process much.”

Around 10 days into her coma, doctors discovered Evelyn had Legionnaires’ disease. Due to the timing, they believe she likely contracted it from the mist machine at the music concert she went to.

She said: “[The doctors] said that I most likely contracted it from the concert that I was at because they had a mist machine and there was probably legionella bacteria in them.”

Evelyn ‘miraculously’ woke up on July 2, and remained on a ventilator for two more days.

Later that month, on July 20, she had both legs amputated below the knees, followed with her right arm above her wrist and left arm two inches below her elbow a week later.

“As soon as I got to the other hospital and my brain was more aware and I saw what my limbs looked like, I knew they were going to have to be amputated before anyone told me,” she said.

“I was in complete shock when they told me I just said ‘ok that’s fine’, my whole family was just distraught.

“They were crying and mourning the loss that I was going to have but I was in such shock that I really didn’t even know what to think.”

She continued: “It didn’t hit me until the day of the surgery and they wheeled me into the operating room and explained the procedure. When I woke up without them I though ‘ok, well, it is what it is.'”

She stayed in hospital for a month before being transferred to an inpatient rehab, where she stayed for three-and-a-half months.

She claims she was told by doctors she had a slim chance of ever walking again, and one doctor suggested she should be admitted to a nursing home.

However, determined Evelyn used those words as ammunition to prove people wrong. On September 22 she stood up and took her first steps.

She described it as an “unreal” moment, praising the rehabilitation therapists for their tireless work helping her.

Evelyn smashed her first goal of being able to stand in Christmas pictures, and is now looking to the future and becoming even more independent.

She said: “The doctors told my parents and husband that I wasn’t going to recover and if I did ever wake up, I’d have substantial organ damage, but I did and all my organs were ok.

“The team [at the hospital] told me that I was literally going to be a miracle, they worked so hard to get me to where I needed to be. One doctor said there was a pretty slim chance that I’d walk again.

“At another hospital, one doctor told me that I had ‘no potential’ and that I just ‘needed to be admitted into a nursing home and live my life there because there was nothing left for me’.

“Hearing the doctors say these things made me determined to prove them wrong. I’m very competitive, so to be told no or that I can’t, I almost always will show you that I can.

“With therapy, I started striving really quickly. [When I returned to the other] doctor [and he] saw me walk into the room after he’d pretty much given me a death sentence in a nursing home, he told me that I was doing great, and apologised for what he said.

“Taking those first steps was unreal, they told me that I may only be able to stand and not take any steps and I ended up walking 75ft. I shocked everybody.”

She explained that throughout the ordeal she has remained “joyful and hopeful”. However, she said: “About a month ago it really hit me hard and I realised everything that I’d lost and how my life is pretty difficult now.

“But about a week later I turned a corner and got back to my hopeful and joyful self. It’s just a part of me now.”

Evelyn’s routine now includes occupational and physical therapy twice a week, as well as occasional pool therapy. She has pin and lock leg prosthetics and two bebionic hands – which have 14 different hand patterns and are controlled by the muscle signal in the residual limb.

She has big hopes for the future – wanting to start driving school, become a disabled model and obtain a social work degree so she can become a patient advocate in the future.

“Physically everything has become more of a challenge,” she said, “even dressing myself is so hard because I don’t have normal balance or hands to pull up my pants, or even clasp my bra.

“I love figuring out a way and have gotten to the point where I dress myself every morning but it takes five minutes, when it used to take 30 seconds.

“I thought I’d lose people and friends but they all just constantly surrounded me. Everyone has been committed to make sure I’m not alone in this.

“I’d tell others that if you don’t feel right, don’t wait. If I would have gone [earlier] when I started feeling sick, my limbs may have possibly been saved.”

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