June 15, 2013

Not News at AP: Connecticut Legislative District Goes GOP For First Time in 40 Years to a Second Amendment Defender

A GOP candidate for the Connecticut State Legislature’s 53rd District about 70 miles northeast of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown won election on Tuesday, marking the first time the seat has gone to a Republican since Richard Nixon was president.

Republican Samuel Belsito defeated Democrat Anthony J. Horn by a 58.5%-41.5% margin, largely because his stances in support of citizens’ Second Amendment rights and fiscal restraint were more convincing. Based on a review of Newsday’s Associated Press Connecticut feed carrying stories from throughout the Nutmeg State (most June 11 and June 12 stories as of the time of this post are here and here), it appears that the AP did not run any stories on the result, and almost certainly made no attempt to discern its meaning.

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Positivity: Mom dies, gives birth, then is revived — and they’re both fine

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 10:25 am

From Missouri City, Texas (HT Daryn Kagan):

updated 9:36 AM EDT, Fri May 24, 2013

Three-month-old Elayna Nigrelli has redefined what it means to be a miracle baby. She was born while her mother was technically dead.

In February, Erica Nigrelli was teaching at a high school in Missouri City, Texas, when she walked into a co-worker’s classroom.

Nigrelli said she felt faint, placed her hands on a table to steady herself and then passed out.

Three teachers immediately grabbed a defibrillator and also began performing CPR. Kids in the classroom ran out, yelling for help.

Nigrelli’s husband, Nathan, also a teacher, was just two doors down. He rushed into the room.

“Erica was lying on the floor, she was foaming and making gurgling sounds and just staring up,” he told CNN affiliate KPRC.

He called 911.

“My wife is pregnant,” he said, his breath heavy with panic. “She’s having a seizure! The baby’s due in three weeks!”

“Oh my God!” the 911 operator exclaimed.

By the time paramedics rushed the 32-year-old to the hospital, doctors could not find a pulse. Her heart had stopped.

Doctors delivered the baby by emergency cesarean section.

Technically, it was a postmortem delivery because Erica’s heart was not beating.

But then something remarkable happened. The doctors turned to Erica, and soon her heart started beating again.

Over the next five days, she remained in a medically induced coma, she told CNN, and doctors diagnosed her with a heart defect she didn’t know she had — hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The condition causes the heart muscle to thicken. The thickening can make it more difficult for blood to leave the heart, forcing it to work harder to pump blood.

Baby Elayna was in the intensive care unit for two weeks.

On Friday, the couple appeared with her on CNN’s “Early Start,” with Elayna on Mom’s lap, sucking on a purple pacifier. She weighs 8 pounds and is healthy.

“We feel great,” Nathan Nigrelli said. “We have a wonderful baby. My wife is back to 100%.

The baby hasn’t shown any signs of trouble but is still on oxygen. The child will undergo therapy soon, but by all accounts her recovery looks to be on track and she’ll be fine.

Erica Nigrelli believes that God was protecting her. She told CNN that she has a memory of being in the ambulance. “I remember being bounced up,” she said. And she remembers seeing sunlight.

When she came to in the hospital, she remembers the doctors telling her, “You have your baby. She is in the hospital.”

She saw Elayna three weeks after she was born.

The two joked that if Elayna ever gets out of line, all her parents have to do is remind their daughter what they went through to bring her into the world. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

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