Cat lucky to be alive after dog donates its blood

Macy and Rory 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A cat is alive today because a dog’s blood was used for a blood transfusion after the cat ate rat poison, according to a veterinarian.

A dog may be man's best friend, but a Tauranga Labrador has made a greater sacrifice for its arch-enemy.
Macy the dog saved the life of Rory the cat with a blood donation. The cat is in perfect health now, but three weeks ago Rory urgently needed blood after eating rat poison.

"The cat was dying. We did not have time for the cat's blood to arrive," Rory’s owner Kim Edwards said.
It was Friday night and there were no laboratories open to check its blood type, not to mention getting supplies. So veterinarian Kate Heller sought advice and was told to try dog blood.

"I had not heard about it or read about it. It is not in any textbook," Heller said.
Rory needed a quick donor. So Edwards thought quickly and called a friend in her book club.

"I had never heard of anything like this before. I thought it was a joke," the owner of Macy, Michelle Whitemore, said.
Rory desperately needed the 18-month-old Labrador. Macy was rushed to the vet, where it donated 120 ml of blood, and within an hour Rory saved the cat.

"It was one of those situations that it was do-or-die. The cat would have died if we did nothing," Heller said.
It may sound weird, but it's science. Cats do not have the same blood antibodies like dogs, so a transfusion can buy enough time for the cat to regenerate its own red blood cells. Only one transfusion can be done because a second dose of dog blood would spell the death of the cat.

"The cat is not going out to get the newspaper, it is not peeing on utility poles or barking yet. He is just the normal cat we had before, playful and friendly," Edwards said.

Woman wakes from coma, discovers she is pregnant

Gemma Holmes with mom Julie and baby Ruben 
By: Sarah Weiss

A woman learned that she was pregnant, but has no idea who the baby’s father is.

The woman was in a coma after she was involved in a horrific accident. She awoke from the coma to find that she was 12 weeks pregnant.

Gemma Holmes was riding a motorcycle when she was thrown to the other side of a busy road hitting a light pole. She suffered extensive injuries including a broken back, and doctors did not expect her to survive. But she defied the odds and is now on the road to recovery.

While in the hospital, tests revealed that Holmes was 12 weeks pregnant.
Since Holmes was in a coma, doctors asked her mother, Julie, to make the decision about whether to keep the baby or terminate the pregnancy.

“The doctors suggested terminating the pregnancy saying that she would not be able to undergo surgery to repair her back until after she gave birth. So many things went through my mind, but I wanted to wait until my daughter was awake to let her make the decision," Julie, who has assumed the role of full-time caretaker of Holmes as she is confined to a wheelchair, said.

When Holmes finally awoke she was given the news about her pregnancy, but she had no memory of having been in a relationship because she suffers from severe memory loss. The three previous years of her life were totally blank.

Despite her serious health problems, Holmes decided to keep the baby. "I thought if this little baby inside me had survived the terrible accident it was meant to be," Holmes said.

Holmes endured considerable pain during pregnancy as she was unable to take high doses of painkillers, which can harm the fetus.
Recently, Holmes gave birth to her baby, Ruben Miracle Holmes, via cesarean.

The mother and child are doing well. “Ruben is my little miracle and I really hope that someday I will be able to run around with him,” she said.

Florida nurse who supplied illegal drugs to patient forces her to perform oral sex

David Paul Lazarus 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A nurse was arrested after he gave a 23-year-old woman illegal drugs and then forced her to perform oral sex on him.

David Paul Lazarus, 42, was arrested by police in Broward County, Florida, on two counts of sexual assault.

He is accused of supplying a patient with drugs then forcing her to perform oral sex on him at the Broward Health Medical Center, where he works as a nurse.
Lazarus was not assigned as the woman’s nurse, but he befriended the woman during her hospital stay.

The woman had recently spent time at a drug rehab center to kick her drug habit.
The 26-year-old woman was hospitalized for a kidney stone surgery when he provided her with controlled substances like morphine and oxycontin.

The victim told police that on two occasions Lazarus provided her with drugs then he locked the door of her hospital room, closed the curtain and raped her.

The woman claims that Lazarus exposed his genitals and pulled her head towards him. She said that when she protested he continued to force her saying: "It will be quick."

Broward County Judge John Hurley said: "The court finds that as a nurse, he represents a danger to the women, who are under his care.”

Lazarus, who has worked in the hospital for five years, denies any sexual contact with the woman, although, he does admit speaking to the woman on the phone. Those phone calls were recorded by police.

Man calls police to ask for ride in rainy weather, gets it

London police car 
By: Eva Fett

A man was shocked after police gave him a free ride because he got stuck in the rain, according to police reports in the United Kingdom.

London Police said that a father called 999, which is the phone number of the police, to ask police to take home because he got stranded in rainy weather.

The incident took place in Shoreham, West Sussex on Sunday.

A London Police spokesperson wrote on Facebook: "At 12:16 am, a man dialed 999 because it was raining and wanted a hitch home. The man threatened to complain to the Police Complaints Commission when he was told no."

However, a police car eventually gave him a lift, a spokesperson for Sussex Police said. “The man had small children with him,” the spokesperson said.

"They left him where he was able to wait for a bus or taxi," the spokesperson also said. "It is clear that 999 is for public use, in emergencies only," the spokesperson warned.

A local street pastor, Ian Chisnall, praised the good action, saying that the police "deserves a gold star."
An anonymous official of the Sussex Police said: "This is not why people should call 999. He was lucky that he was not arrested for misusing the police telephone system."


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