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100-Year-Old WWII Veteran in Virginia Triumphs After 60-Day Battle Against Virus

A 100-year-old American veteran who survived World War II is being celebrated after triumphing in a 58-day fight against the coronavirus that may have been the most vicious battle of his life.

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(TMU) – A 100-year-old American veteran who survived World War II is being celebrated after triumphing in a 58-day fight against the coronavirus that may have been the most vicious battle of his life.

On March 24, Lloyd Falk was admitted to Henrico, Parham & Retreat Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond Virginia. Falk was one of the first COVID-19 patients admitted to the facility, the hospital reported in a Facebook post.

Tragically, a few weeks ago, Falk’s wife of 74 years succumbed to the deadly virus. However, Falk managed to hold strong through the ordeal.

The hospital wrote on Facebook:

“Despite losing his wife to the virus a few weeks ago, Mr Falk continued to stay strong, defying the odds and surviving his fight against COVID-19.”

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In touching video posted last week, the staff at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital can be seen forming an honor guard and giving a standing ovation to Falk as he departed to continue recuperating and rehabilitating from the disease at another facility.

In the Facebook post, the health care workers wrote:

“Today, 100-year-old WWII veteran, Lloyd Falk, beats coronavirus after a 58-day stay at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital.

“This afternoon, the care team at HCA Healthcare’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital honored Mr. Falk and his late wife, lining up in the hallways and cheering him on as he was wheeled out of the hospital to begin his rehabilitation and recovery.

“We salute you, Mr. Falk. Your courage and resilience inspires us all. You know where to find us if you need us.”

At the start of the video, Falk offers heartfelt thanks for the medical personnel seeing him through to recovery. He said:

“For the most part, you have been so helpful and I really do appreciate it.”

Speaking outside of the hospital, Falk’s daughter Laurie Coulter also expressed her profound thanks for ensuring her father’s survival while also getting him through an incredibly trying and emotional bereavement period following the loss of his wife.

She said:

“I really thought so many times that he was gone, you know, I really did, and he just popped back up, you know.

“Thank you for all everything, all the tests and everything you’ve done for my father,

“And also helping him through losing his wife of 74 years. It was hard on him but all-in-all just wonderful, unbelievable. It’s just amazing how luckily he survived.”

Falk joins the ranks of a number of people in their 90s and 100s who have defied the deadly virus and survived. In the United States, the pandemic has plagued nursing homes and veterans’ facilities, claiming a huge portion of the total lives lost to the novel coronavirus.

In April, the BBC reported that 99-year-old Carrie Pollock, a former officer with the U.K. Special Branch, had been released from the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth after a long stay in the hospital resulting from a coronavirus infection. Pollock had been extremely unwell during her stay and was experiencing hallucinations and pneumonia.

When she finally became well enough to return to her family, a senior medical official told reporters that her miraculous recovery was an incredible morale boost and inspiration for the hospital staff who attended her.

Featured image credits: Henrico Doctors’ Hospital

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

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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.

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

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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.”

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

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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.

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