Chicago Teen Tevin Hamilton Donates Kidney To a Stranger to Save His Mother’s Life
Teenager buys £600 worth of shopping for 4p and donates food to charity
A teenager collected hundreds of supermarket coupons to buy £600 worth of shopping for 4p so he could give the food to families.
Jordon Cox, 16, scoured endless websites and magazines and gathered hundreds of coupons for dozens of products.
After spending hours each day searching the internet for coupons, he managed to collect 470, which he took to his local supermarket, and filled three trolleys with food and household items.
The bill came to £572.16, but once the coupons were factored in the bill was reduced to just 4p - a saving of 99.81 per cent.
The teenager, of Brentwood in Essex, donated all his food to the charity Doorstep which gives food to disadvantaged families.
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Stephen Turner, 56, had only been on board for 10 yards when the vehicle began careering down a hill in West Yorkshire.
The driver of the single decker had passed out and the bus was rolling out of control towards a busy junction and traffic lights.
—An update to this story posted the other day!
Bus driver prevents woman from jumping off overpass, teaching student riders a lesson in compassion
Bus driver Darnell Barton had just picked up 20 McKinley High School students eager to get home on a recent Friday afternoon.
They had to wait a little longer than usual while Barton saved a woman’s life and taught them an unexpected lesson in human compassion.
As the 37-year-old driver pulled away from the school bus stop at about 3:50 p.m. on Oct. 18, heading southbound on Elmwood Avenue, he saw a disturbing sight on the Scajaquada Expressway overpass. A woman was on the opposite side of the railing leaning out over the traffic below.
“I didn’t think it was real with everything else going on around her. Traffic was proceeding as normal and a couple of pedestrians walked right by her and a bicyclist rode by. I mean, they were inches from her,” said Barton, who instinctively stopped his bus and opened the doors.
“Do you need help?” he asked.
She looked at him and then back at the traffic on the expressway from her precarious perch on the west side of the overpass.
Barton called the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Metro Bus dispatcher and reported what was happening.
But the reality of the situation struck him when he heard one of the students weeping and saying, “I don’t want to see someone die.”
Cautiously, Barton stepped from the bus. He made his move when he was within a few steps of the woman.
“She turned back to look at me and then back at the traffic and that’s when I kind of lunged and got my left arm around her body,” Barton said. “I asked her, ‘Do you want to come on this side of the guard rail now?’ and that was the first time she spoke to me and said, ‘Yeah.’ ”
Barton said he helped her over the railing and suggested they have a seat.
“Darnell won’t tell you this, but when he went back on his bus, the McKinley students gave him a round of applause,” said C. Douglas Hartmayer, NFTA spokesman, adding that authority officials only recently learned of the driver’s heroic actions from earlier this month. “That’s because of Darnell’s modesty, which speaks to his demeanor of being very humble.”
In fact, after Barton had given a statement, he continued to work, driving the outbound Route 5 route before completing his shift.
When his adrenaline had settled down and he had time to reflect, Barton recalled thinking to himself how he had done the right thing.
But rather than allow the spotlight to shine on him Tuesday during an interview, Barton, who drove school buses for years before landing an NFTA job three years ago, said he was impressed with the way the students on his bus had behaved.
“They were great. They sat there quietly. It was an encouragement to me. Oftentimes we look at young people and we forget we were young,” he said. “As each of them got off the bus, they shook my hand.”
They are not the only ones who admire Barton.
“We are all extremely proud of Darnell’s heroic actions,” said Kimberley A. Minkel, the NFTA’s executive director. “His quick and calm response during a very stressful situation speaks volumes about his character and unwavering willingness to help someone in need.”
Barton, though low-key, says he will be pleased if what he did helps the image of his fellow bus drivers, to show them as caring and compassionate.
—Even cooler is the dog was a rescued dog!
Bus Driver Darnell Barton Pulls Over on Highway to Save A Woman’s Life (VIDEO)
PPD Editor’s Note: For once, I recommend reading the comments.
Man’s Kidney Donation Is ‘Missing Link’ for Three Transplants
When Ted Bartling, a rocket scientist from Utah, decided to donate a kidney to a stranger, he knew he’d potentially be saving one person’s life. What he didn’t know was that he’d be saving three people’s lives.
Bartling’s incredible sacrifice, or “gift” as he calls it, set in motion a chain of events at Salt Lake City’s University Hospital and Primary Children’s Medical Center that forever linked six people and allowed three, including a 2-year-old boy, to receive successful kidney transplants late last week. On Thursday, Dr. Jeffrey Campsen, who performed surgery on the donors, told Yahoo Shine that all three recipients and their donors are thriving and have headed home or will be discharged within the next couple of days.
"For at least 15 years, donating a kidney had been on my mind as something I could do to help somebody live a normal life like mine," Bartling, 51, told Yahoo Shine. "They’ll only take a kidney up until you’re about 60. I can do small things for people, but sometimes we have to do the bigger things if we are capable."
Apparently, he picked the perfect moment. There were three patients in need, but no matches. Juan Romero, 45, who has a rare B- blood type had been on a waiting list for three years and was on dialysis. Brandy Jess, 40, also on dialysis, had a donor — her friend Kristy Buffington — but at the 11th hour, a final test revealed they were incompatible. And then there was 2-year-old Beckham Fershtut, whose parents Ari and Hayley wanted to give him a kidney but weren’t good matches.
"The chain began with the child," said Campsen. “He was weeks away from starting dialysis. For a 2-year-old it’s incredibly difficult and shortens his lifespan.” Campsen says he could see that Beckham’s kidneys were failing. The toddler was listless and irritable, and his skin looked ashy. “And then we had a gentleman come forward who wanted to be what we call an altruistic donor.”
The boy’s father, Ari Fershtut, also made clear that he was willing to donate a kidney to a stranger if someone else had an organ for his son. Suddenly the pieces fell into place. “We moved quickly, and there was an ‘aha moment’ when we came to the table with all this information,” said Campsen. Ari Fershtut was a match for Romero, Bartling was a match for Jess, and Buffington was able to donate her kidney to little Beckham.
The surgeries were completed over two days. Bartling says that while the hospital didn’t formally introduce the donors and recipients, they sought one another out in the hallways after their surgeries. “The very first person that I met was the father of the child. It was very touching to meet the little boy. It’s major surgery. There is not much room for an adult kidney in a child that young. You could tell he was very comforted by having anyone by his crib.” According to Campsen, Beckham is now full of energy and his prognosis is excellent. “His parents look like they have had a 100-pound weight lifted from them.”
Campsen stresses the importance of live kidney donations, which he says are safe and effective, get recipients off of dialysis sooner, and lengthen their lives. There are about 90,000 people on the waiting list for transplants. “Kidney transplantation is medicine,” said Campsen, “but this was about a community coming together and helping each other.” He says it was like a ripple effect across Salt Lake City, the state of Utah, and “perhaps even the nation itself.” Because of Bartling’s courage and generosity, Beckham waited only a month for a kidney. “If it had been years,” said Campsen,”he might not have survived.” [x]
Dyllon Orthman, 11, Raises $16,000 For Oklahoma Tornado Victims By Mowing Lawns
Video games are bad for our kids, they say? One little boy disagrees.
Take that, haters.
10-Year-Old Girl Catches Baby Dropped From Burning Apartment In Georgia
Zna Gresham may not think of herself as a hero, but she is certainly being hailed as one.
In a lifesaving catch, the 10-year-old girl caught a baby that was dropped from a second-floor apartment in Decatur, Ga., after the building caught fire, the Associated Press reports.
The family living in the apartment was trapped by the fire, which reportedly started on the ground floor. DeKalb County Fire Battalion Chief Christopher Morrison said the mother had no choice but to drop her three children out the window.
"The smoke was rising so quickly to the upper floors, they couldn’t make their way outside their upper apartment into the hallway because of the smoke. They just went to a window and they threw the child outside to the people, to the neighbors, down on the ground," Morrison explained to WSB Radio.
Gresham and her sister were standing below, and the 10-year-old managed to catch the 1-month-old before the baby hit the ground. The 2- and 3-year-old children did not fare as well and sustained minor injuries in the fall. All three were transported to a local hospital for treatment, along with two adults who were also hurt in the blaze.
While Gresham made the daring catch, she credited her entire household for helping to save the family trapped in the burning apartment.
A former shelter dog has been honored for saving his new family from a Long Island house fire.
Bear the 150-pound Mastiff mix was honored Wednesday at a ceremony in Islip (EYE’-slihp).
Officials presented him with a 12-inch dog biscuit in the shape of a “key to the town.” He ate the attention — and the treat — right up.
Town officials say Bear saved Carol Swinson and her 9-year-old grandson, DJ, during the recent fire in Brentwood. He jumped on Swinson to wake her up.
The family had adopted Bear just two weeks earlier. He’d been at the shelter two months.
Bear also received dog toys to replace the ones he lost in the fire.
(Photo: Norihiro Shigeta / Yomiuri Shimbun via AP)
Dozens of Japanese train passengers pushed a 32-ton train carriage away from the platform to free a woman who had fallen into the 20-centimeter (eight-inch) gap between the train and platform during the busy morning rush hour Monday.