Connect with us

Good News

104-Year-Old WWII Vet Recovers From Coronavirus, Celebrates Birthday in Same Week

The 104-year-old’s recovery from the deadly virus is just the latest in a life that proved his resilience.

Published

on

104-Year-Old Coronavirus
Like this article? Get the latest from The Mind Unleashed in your inbox. Sign up right here.

(TMU) — A World War II veteran from Oregon has plenty of reason to celebrate after he just turned 104 and also beat back CoViD-19, making him one of the oldest people to survive the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

William Bill Lapschies, who celebrated his birthday on Wednesday, was one of a pair of residents at the Edward C. Allworth Veterans’ Home in the city of Lebanon to test positive for the disease, reports KOIN.

The 104-year-old’s recovery from the deadly virus is just the latest in a life that proved his resilience. According to family members, the veteran not only survived being stationed in the Aleutian Islands, but he also lived through the Spanish Flu, the Great Depression, and a few recessions.

Lapschies—a great-great grandfather to five, great-grandfather to six, and grandfather of two—had been voluntarily self-isolating since he entered the symptomatic phase of CoViD-19 on March 5.

He wasn’t diagnosed with the infection until March 10, according to the Oregonian. Just days later, a doctor from the veterans’ home told Lapschies’ daughter Carolee Brown that his health had rapidly degraded—with his temperature spiking and breathing problems increasing. At that point, Brown began to consider decisions regarding Lapschies’ death, which appeared more and more likely.

During his spell in isolation, staffers at the veterans’ home cared for him while clad in personal protective equipment such as gloves, gowns, medical face masks, and face shields.

However, as of this week Lapschies “has met the guidelines by the CDC and Oregon Health Authority to be considered recovered from CoViD-19,” a VA spokesperson said.

So far, 15 residents have tested positive while two have died from the pandemic, according to the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Lapschies told KOIN that turning 104 feels “pretty good.”

“I made it,” he said, before he paused and added: “Good for a few more.”

Brown excitedly said:

“It seemed like he just made this wonderful recovery … We were like shocked that he was kind of sitting in his wheelchair waving at us through the window and we were like, ‘He’s gonna make it!’”

For granddaughter Jamie Yutzie, the smile on Lapschies’ face is unforgettable. She said:

“His smile, I wish you could have seen it … That mask covers it but his smile is absolutely contagious.”

Lapschies isn’t the only centenarian to have successfully recovered from the disease caused by the coronavirus. Two women aged 103, one from Iran and one from China, also survived. Last week, a 101-year-old Italian man who also survived the Spanish flu successfully recovered from CoViD-19 as well.

By Elias Marat | Creative Commons | TheMindUnleashed.com

Typos, corrections and/or news tips? Email us at [email protected]

Good News

Keanu Reeves Praised As Video of Him Offering Seat to Lady in Subway Resurfaces

Published

on

Like this article? Get the latest from The Mind Unleashed in your inbox. Sign up right here.

Keanu Reeves is an actor who has long been loved by audiences —and not necessarily due to his acting skills, but due to how nice the John Wick star is.

And now, Reeves is once again earning praise as a “true gentleman” after resurfaced video footage shows Reeves giving up his seat on the subway.

The clip was shared by Instagram film fan account Cinemonkeys where it has since earned nearly 45,000 likes.

The video footage dates back to 2011, when it was shared on YouTube by a user of the video-sharing platform.

At the time, Reeves was already a superstar riding on the fame he earned from the Matrix, Speed, and a number of other blockbuster hits.

When Reeves notices a woman carrying a heavy bag, he quickly points to his seat and asks if she would like to sit. The woman accepts and Reeves gets up without hesitating to let her take his seat.

Reeves, ever the model citizen, then stands and holds onto a subway pole while carrying his bag.

The video has since been watched over 27 million times and was even cited in a 2019 Time magazine profile of the actor describing Reeves as the “soul mate” of the internet.

The resurfacing of the clip on Instagram once again impressed users of the platform.

“This human being’s soul honestly shines so bright,” wrote one user.

“OMG I love him in every single way,” another person commented.

His kindness knows no bounds,” commented someone else.

Keanu is set to reprise his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth Matrix film directed and written by Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the earlier trilogy with her sister Lilly. He will also return to the silver screen in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released in 2022.

Typos, corrections and/or news tips? Email us at [email protected]

Continue Reading

Animals

Drunk Man Rescues Injured Baby Bird By Sending It To Animal Shelter… In An Uber

Published

on

Like this article? Get the latest from The Mind Unleashed in your inbox. Sign up right here.

An injured baby bird received a new lease on life after a young man who was inebriated had the good sense to send the little creature to an animal shelter because he and his friends were too drunk to drive.

In the Summer of 2019, a small lesser goldfinch suddenly appeared by itself at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. The center’s chairman, Buz Marthaler, was notified by a volunteer who sent him a photo.

“It was a picture of this bird, and it had come by Uber,” Marthaler told FOX13. “It was just crazy.”

As it turns out, the tiny bird – which was only two weeks old – indeed rolled up to the site by its lonesome, the sole passenger in an Uber vehicle called by concerned citizens who found the injured creature.

Among those good Samaritans was Tim Crowley, who had been “day drinking” on that Saturday before he and his buddies witnessed the little bird fall from the sky.

“Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky,” he explained.

Crowley then snapped a photo of the bird and sent it to the WRCNU, which instructed him to immediately bring the bird in. However, the group obviously couldn’t drive since they had been guzzling booze all day.

So Crowley decided he’d hail a cab for the creature.

“At first it was a joke, like, ‘Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!’” he said. “Then we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.’”

As it turns out, the bird – since named “Petey Uber” by staff at the rescue center – likely would have perished if not for Crowley’s quick thinking.

Marthaler remains impressed by Crowley’s move and shared the news on its Facebook page.

“While we feel we’ve seen it all and can’t be amazed by anything, there is always someone out there to prove us wrong,” the shelter’s post read. “Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well.”

Typos, corrections and/or news tips? Email us at [email protected]

Continue Reading

Animals

Binx the Cat, Who Survived Florida Condo Collapse, Found and Reunited With Family

Published

on

Like this article? Get the latest from The Mind Unleashed in your inbox. Sign up right here.

Amid the tragedy of last month’s collapse of a South Florida condo building, there was a tiny bit of good news when a cat named Binx, who lived on the ninth floor of the Surfside building, was found safe and returned to his family.

“I’m glad that this small miracle could bring some light into the lives of a hurting family today and provide a bright spot for our whole community in the midst of this terrible tragedy,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in a Friday press conference, reports NPR.

Levine Cava explained that a volunteer who feeds street cats in the area recognized the cat near the building before bringing him to an animal shelter, where it was then identified.

Gina Nicole Vlasek, the co-founder of the The Kitty Campus rescue group, posted on Facebook that a black cat had been found near the rubble of the group before it was brought to the shelter on Thursday night.

“We are so grateful to be able to help in any small way,” Vlasek said.

“All we needed was a ray of hope in this tragedy,” she continued. “Today was one of the most amazing days.. one of the survivors came to see the cat and to determine if it was her families cat and IT WAS!”

The mayor said that animal control workers are continuing to work to recover any pets that may have survived the horrible collapse.

The 12-story Surfside condo collapsed on June 24. At least 79 people have been confirmed dead, with 61 additional residents remaining unaccounted for.

Typos, corrections and/or news tips? Email us at [email protected]

Continue Reading

Trending

The Mind Unleashed