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Olympic discus thrower auctions his silver medal for a boy with cancer

An Olympic discus thrower has auctioned off his silver medal to raise money for a child's cancer treatment.

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Poland's Piotr Malachowski won silver at the Olympics this month. After his win, Malachowski auctioned off his medal on eBay to the highest bidder.

Malachowski says the mother of a 3-year-old boy named Olek wrote to him asking for help so her son, who has retinoblastoma, can get treatment.

Retinoblastoma is a form of malignant eye cancer that primarily affects children under 5 years old. It can affect one or both eyes and can be hereditary.

Reports say the total cost of Olek's surgery is $126,000, and Malachowski says the treatment can only be done in New York.

He told his followers on Facebook about Olek last week in hopes of raising funds for the boy's treatment. The discus thrower took silver in both the 2008 and 2016 Olympic games. >> Click here to see his Facebook postZdobycie medalu olimpijskiego to dla sportowca spełnienie życiowych marzeń. Oczywiście najcenniejszy jest ten złoty....Posted by Piotr Małachowski on Friday, August 19, 2016

According to ESPN, the medal auction had raised around $19,000 when it ended on Tuesday.

The discus thrower says the funds he gets from the the auction will go directly to Olek's treatment. The Olympian wrote: "In Rio, I fought for gold. Today, I appeal to all — let's fight together for something that is even more valuable. The health of this fantastic boy."

Malachowski isn't the only Olympian to auction off his medal for a cause. U.S. swimmer Anthony Ervin sold his to bolster aid relief efforts after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. And famed Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko sold his medal from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics for more than $1 million as part of a fundraising event for his children's charity.

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In another Facebook post, Malachowski reported the goal for the fundraiser had been met.

Olek also has a page on the Polish charity site SiePomaga. As of Saturday morning, more than 12,000 people donated to the cause.

Adorable photos show sleeping baby all dressed up

One California mother isn't heeding a piece of common advice: Sleep when the baby sleeps.

Instead, Laura Izumikawa Choi uses the quiet time to take creative photos of her 4-month-old daughter, Joey Marie Choi. During the baby's nap time, Laura dresses Joey up in costumes reminiscent of famous singers, including Beyonce and Sia, and movie characters, like George of the Jungle, the Little Mermaid and Cinderella.

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The project started when Laura found she couldn't sleep while her daughter slept. 

"I would end up just staring at her face all day and night because I was just so in love," Laura told The Huffington Post. "Because Joey slept so deeply, I thought it'd be fun adding little props on her just to send some hilarious pictures to our parents. It was a way to memorialize her growth and little milestones."

But after gaining attention on social media, Laura said her protective instincts kicked in, and she considered abandoning the project.

"Initially when I started getting a ton of online attention, there was a bit of a mother-bear type of panic, and I thought about stopping," she told The Post. "But then I started receiving messages from countless people who said that the photos and videos were the highlight of their day and for some, a thing they enjoy to watch with their kids," she said.

The result has been dozens of adorable photos of sleeping Joey, completely unaware of her costumes. 

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Police investigating viral video that appears to show baby drinking alcohol

Police in Alabama are investigating a viral Facebook video that appears to show a baby drinking alcohol. 

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The clip has been viewed nearly 100,000 times since it was posted on the social-networking site Wednesday.

>> 2 women arrested after video shows them smoking pot near toddler, police say

According to WAFF, authorities believe they have identified the people in the video, which was stored on an SD card found in Tuscumbia. Investigators said it was likely filmed several years ago near Gadsden or in Louisiana. 

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Police told WAFF that they have contacted the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services about the video.

>> See the Facebook video here (WARNING: Profanity)

Kristina Morris, a nurse practitioner at Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville, told WAFF that giving infants alcohol puts them "at risk for alcohol toxicity, which can cause respiratory distress and gastrointestinal problems."

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Mom posts heartbreaking video of baby with whooping cough to stress importance of vaccines

An Australian mom's heartbreaking video of her 5-week-old daughter – along with a plea for parents to vaccinate their children – has gone viral.

This video may distress some people but I'm sharing to show just how scary and dangerous whooping cough is to babies who are too young to be vaccinated. This is my 5 week old baby during an episode where she chokes and stops breathing.  Babies rely on herd immunity to keep them safe and unfortunately we cannot achieve that without high vaccination rates. Whooping cough is not always a loud obvious cough. The scary symptom for babies is when they don't cough but silently choke and turn blue/purple from lack of oxygen. If we weren't in hospital and sitting watching our baby 24/7 the outcome would be fatal. Please don't ignore the warning signs- our baby girl only had a slight cough to start. Please share this to educate more people on the importance of vaccinations.Posted by Sandra Tee on Sunday, August 21, 2016

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In an Aug. 22 Facebook post, Sandra Tee of Sydney shared the video of her baby girl, Heidi, wearing an oxygen mask in the hospital.

"This video may distress some people, but I'm sharing to show just how scary and dangerous whooping cough is to babies who are too young to be vaccinated," Tee wrote. "This is my 5-week-old baby during an episode where she chokes and stops breathing. Babies rely on herd immunity to keep them safe, and unfortunately, we cannot achieve that without high vaccination rates."

She added, "Whooping cough is not always a loud obvious cough. The scary symptom for babies is when they don't cough but silently choke and turn blue/purple from lack of oxygen. If we weren't in hospital and sitting watching our baby 24/7, the outcome would be fatal."

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Tee told Inside Edition that Heidi caught the disease after her 3-year-old brother contracted it at day care. 

"Heidi is too young to be vaccinated and relies on others not to spread this disease," Tee told Inside Edition. "If everyone, at any age, is vaccinated, we may eradicate certain illnesses altogether."

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WATCH: Student-teacher welcomes 4th-grade class with viral rap song, video

A Chicago area student-teacher's creative way of welcoming his class back to school has gone viral.

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According to WMAQ, Dwayne Reed, a student-teacher at Jane Stenson Elementary School in Skokie, Illinois, joined forces with his friend, filmmaker Ty Gotham, and producer Stevo Thompson to record a rap song and make a music video for his fourth-graders.

“I wanted a cool way to introduce myself to the students and the parents I was gonna have,” Reed told WMAQ.

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According to the YouTube description, "the song and video emphasize the reality that hard work is a must, but that school and learning can certainly be fun!"

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The video, uploaded Saturday, has been viewed more than 161,000 times. 

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Child found tangled in cord, fence; man takes photo as 'evidence'

A man from Spokane, Washington, who heard screams as he mowed his lawn last week, followed his ears and discovered a child outside tangled in a fence and a bungee cord.

Matt Knight told KHQ-TV that his first thought was: "I need to take a picture of this."

Knight said he did so to get "evidence versus a bunch of hearsay" about what he witnessed.

The result is a picture that shows a child alone with a cord around her neck.

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Knight said he yelled for someone to come out of the house. He also said "previous things had happened" at the child's home.

"That strap or bungee cord was pretty much at neck level. She was up on her feet, but she was kind of struggling around her neck," he said.

According to KHQ, police have been called to this house three times in the last month, and the first two times, children were found alone in the street.

A woman who has since identified herself to KHQ as the child's mother said the picture only showed the child getting tangled in cords. She didn't explain why the child was left outside.

Knight wants the child removed from the home by the Washington Department of Health Services, but the agency says it cannot comment on specific cases unless a child dies or nearly dies.

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Mom of 6 writes note to husband before leaving for girls weekend

An Illinois mother of six recently took to Facebook to post a note to her husband before leaving for a weekend getaway with her friends. 

In a Facebook post from Aug. 12, Meghan Oeser wished her husband "good luck" taking care of the couple's children while she was away.

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She began by describing what it will be like for her husband when he comes home from work:

"Upon arriving home after work, things won't seem so bad. The others will hug, jump, and for the most part, be pretty excited to see you. This will be short lived. I promise ... The others will fight about anything and everything, with Quinn and Penny being the biggest instigators. It's most likely that Quinn will be (mad) about Penny wearing her Elsa dress, and Penny equally (mad) because Quinn will ONLY refer to her as Anna. Penny will also be fighting sleep, which I'll get to later." 

And then she details what dinner will look like: 

"Dinner will suck. Bailey will want pizza, while Harper will ask for hotdogs. Quinn will cry when you say the word hotdog, and will insist on Mac n cheese (but not the orange kind or the white kind, but the purple kind). We'll be fresh out of the purple kind, so she'll then ask for toast. You'll already have started making mac n cheese for Penny, but since she heard Quinn ask for toast, she'll also want that toast. You'll end up tossing the Mac n cheese because Bailey got the stomach flu 5 years ago after eating the orange kind, and Harper prefers the white kind. You'll also forget about Harper because her friend Lily 'unexpectedly' stopped by, so they went ripsticking down the street. Everyone will eat cereal for dinner, and Lily will come inside for a bandaid."

Plus, she writes, there will be barely any quiet time or time to sleep:

"You'll want to sit down and relax after dinner/breakfast, but I'm warning you against this. It will get quiet...REAL quiet. This is when you'll realize that the threenager has fallen asleep somewhere. Do NOT let the threenager fall asleep ... She will be wide awake until at least 1:30 a.m. if you're not careful. Given your 9:30 bedtime and 5 a.m. wake up, this is less than ideal."

And when it's time for bed? 

"(Forget) pajamas. Don't even ATTEMPT anything but a nightgown for Penny. And if you cannot find a nightgown for Penny, keep looking. She'll ask for her Minnie Mouse nightgown, but once you put it on, she'll scream in agony because the sleeves are CLEARLY ripping her arms off. Just find her Elsa one. Chances are, it's dirty, but so what... so is she. I can't remember the last time I put soap to that one."

Oeser goes on to explain each child's sleeping arrangements, saying one will likely fall asleep beside her husband on the couch, but "you may as well sleep next to Evander Holyfield."

After she describing each child's mannerisms, preferences and routine, she signs off with a blunt message:

"Get coffee. LOTS of coffee. You'll need it ... Oh, also, just in case you wanted to get ANYTHING done this weekend, good luck."

A week later, Oeser responded on Facebook, referencing internet trolls that suggested he'd be better off "(juggling) knives with (his) face" and "(living) in a dumpster with a family of raccoons."

"Dearest Wife, hope you had fun last weekend," he wrote. "This is a gentle reminder that my birthday is indeed Sunday. You're driving to the Wilco concert."

Rate of pregnancy-related deaths doubles in Texas

The rate of Texan women dying from pregnancy-related causes doubled in recent years, and scientists aren't sure why.

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new survey looked at maternal mortality statistics in the U.S. from 2000 to 2014, and found that Texas maintained a steady rate of around 17 to 18 pregnancy-related deaths per 100,000 births until 2010.

But from 2010 to 2014, that number jumped to about 35 deaths per 100,000 births. For reference, the World Health Organization says most developed countries average around 12 deaths per 100,000 births.

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The spike in deaths roughly lines up with steep cuts to the state's family planning budget, but the study's authors say such a dramatic increase is tough to explain "in the absence of war, natural disaster, or severe economic upheaval."

Things don't look much better for the rest of the states, either — the study notes maternal mortality rates rose almost 27 percent from 2000 to 2014 across the continental U.S.

Mom gives angry response when asked to breastpump in bathroom

One woman's frustration with being asked to use a breast pump in a bathroom became a viral Facebook post Friday. reported that Lynda Mazzalai Nguyen was at an Embassy Suites hotel in San Francisco for a conference and asked someone at the front desk if there was a private place for her to pump. She was not at all happy with the response.

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"At a seminar at a hotel, went to front desk to ask if there's a private space where I can pump, and was told by two different staff to use the bathroom … I told them they don't eat lunch in the bathroom, so it's gross to expect me to contaminate baby's milk in there," Nguyen wrote in a Facebook post.

According to Nguyen, she was "met with so much resistance" by the hotel staff.

Nguyen said she was told she could not use any hotel rooms because she did not pay for the room, although she did say she paid the hotel in the form a fee to attend a seminar. She said she was then told there were no available rooms, but Nguyen claims she saw open rooms on Expedia.

Nguyen continued to list other suggestions that were met with resistance.

"After more push back and a stand off because I refused to budge, she went to ask, came back and offered the wine cellar … Based on principle, I decided to pump in the lobby next to reception," Nguyen said, adding that she spoke to the general manager of the hotel, who she said "apologized profusely."

"We are very disappointed to hear about this situation and we are sorry for the lack of sensitivity shown to this guest," Embassy Suites said in a statement to "Sensitivity communication will be reinforced to all of our hotels with the intent to prevent this from happening to anyone else. Celebrating mothers and families is a part of our DNA at Embassy Suites by Hilton and it's our goal for that to come across to all of our guests every day."

Nguyen said she was met with love and support in an update to the post and added that the general manager of the hotel said there is a policy in place for guests who want to pump.

Posted by Lynda Mazzalai Nguyen on Friday, August 12, 2016

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