(TMU) — An adorable six-month-old baby girl has miraculously overcome coronavirus while also struggling with respiratory illness, collapsed lungs, and a rare heart defect.
Erin Bates of Manchester, U.K., was cheered by nurses, doctors, and medical staff as she was escorted through her hospital after triumphing over what seemed like improbable odds that she would survive COVID-19.
Only weeks prior to Erin’s recovery, parents Emma and Wayne Bates were told that her chances of survival were unlikely.
Photographs shared by Erin’s parents showed the tiny, bright-eyed infant in a high-dependency unit at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, where she was wearing an oxygen mask while surrounded by tubes and medical machinery.
Her diagnosis arrived after she was recovering from open-heart surgery to treat a rare condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, a birth defect that impacts the normal flow of blood through the heart, according to 7NEWS.
As she was recovering, Erin contracted the respiratory syncytial virus before being diagnosed with other conditions that prevented her from breathing properly, such as bronchomalacia and tracheomalacia.
Things were already looking desperate for Erin as she was unable to breathe for herself even prior to her testing positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, on April 10.
The family was especially impacted by the diagnosis because of rules imposed following the outbreak of the pandemic that allowed only one parent to stay in the hospital with the infant.
Erin’s desperate parents were “heartbroken” by Erin’s COVID-19 diagnosis, they told BBC, and the young couple were circulating photos of Erin to prod the public into taking the government’s physical distancing guidelines more seriously and to stay indoors.
However, on Thursday the parents received the wonderful news that Erin had beat all the odds and recovered from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Erin’s ecstatic father Wayne, 32, announced the news on Facebook. He posted:
“Erin has beaten the virus. It hit her hard with a few ups and downs but we wanted people to know coronavirus doesn’t have to be a death sentence for people with pre-existing conditions.
“She is all smiles and talking to herself.”
Staff at the NHS were also overjoyed that their efforts had contributed to saving the infant’s life. The hospital held an impromptu celebration that included an “honor guard” of medical workers who cheered on Erin before her beaming, proud parents.
6 month old Erin 👶 was recently diagnosed with #COVID19 and was in an isolation room here for 14 days with mum Emma whilst being treated 🏥 Today, Erin beat COVID-19 & received a guard of honour by the treating team on our HDU as she was moved out of isolation 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/hiYQFEaLmF
— 🏥 Alder Hey 🌳 (@AlderHey) April 24, 2020
In a statement, the hospital said:
“You may have heard about six-month-old Erin, who is in Alder Hey after recently being diagnosed with COVID-19. Erin was in an isolation room here for 14 days with mum Emma whilst being treated by our staff.
“Today, little Erin beat COVID-19 after testing negative and received a guard of honor by the treating team on our HDU as she was moved out of isolation. She is still being treated for other conditions at Alder Hey but is making good progress.
“Erin’s mum said of the staff who treated her: ‘Thank you so much to each and every one of them, we couldn’t have got through it without them. They are all truly amazing and we will be forever grateful.'”
While Erin will continue to remain a long-term patient due to the range of medical issues that confront her, her family nevertheless remain “relieved” and “proud” of their baby, and endlessly grateful to the medical workers who ensured that she survived.
Erin’s mother Emma, 29, also posted on Facebook:
“Our little girl has beat COVID-19. We are so proud.
“Thank you to all the staff at Alder Hey you are truly amazing.”
While Emma has been accompanying Erin, Wayne has gone into self-isolation due to his contact with the baby. In the meantime, the family remains in constant contact via Facetime and phone calls.
However, the family is still struggling to cover Erin’s hospital bills while also remaining by her side at the hospital. You can donate to a GoFundMe page set up by a family friend here.
Keanu Reeves Praised As Video of Him Offering Seat to Lady in Subway Resurfaces
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.
Drunk Man Rescues Injured Baby Bird By Sending It To Animal Shelter… In An Uber
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.”
Binx the Cat, Who Survived Florida Condo Collapse, Found and Reunited With Family
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.