Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union welcome ‘miracle baby’: ‘Welcome to the party sweet girl!’


NBA star Dwyane Wade on Thursday took to social media to announce the birth of a baby girl with his wife, actress Gabrielle Union.

The newborn’s arrival came on Wednesday, Wade said on Instagram. He also shared sweet photos of the family in the hospital, showing the couple cradling their daughter, who was sporting a hat with a pink pompom on top.

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“We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that, our miracle baby, arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days,” the Miami Heat player wrote. “Welcome to the party sweet girl!”

The Heat also took to Twitter, offering their congratulations to the couple and promising a gift for their “ViceViceBaby.” A photo in the tweet showed a black baby onesie with the team’s logo on the front.

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This is the first child the couple has had together.

The NBA guard has three sons and the couple is also raising one of his nephews, according to The Associated Press.

In the past, Union has been open about her difficulty in having a child, the outlet reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.





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‘Miracle’ twins head home after beating incredible odds


Twins born weighing less than 5 pounds combined have been allowed to go home for the first time after defying the odds to survive.

Jaxon and Axel Martin, five months, weighed just 2.9 pounds and 1.8 pounds when they were born three months premature to mother Michelle Martin, 31.

They were given just a one percent chance of survival after doctors detected they were suffering from twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome in the womb.

The rare condition causes the uneven flow of blood between identical twins, who share a placenta, resulting in one baby receiving excess support while the other is deprived.

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It meant that Jaxon was overloaded with blood, which put pressure on his major organs, while Axel did not have enough nutrients or space to grow.

Martin also retained excess amniotic fluid in her uterus, and doctors performed a procedure to drain it in the hopes that her pregnancy would reach 28 weeks.

However, during her third procedure at 27 weeks, doctors noticed the larger twin Jaxon was in heart failure and Michelle underwent an emergency C-section.

The copywriter and her husband Chris, 29, saw the babies rushed into intensive care and were heartbreakingly unable to hold them for the first days of their lives.

Jaxon was discharged from B.C. Woman's Hospital and Health Center on September 7, and Axel came home on September 19.

Jaxon was discharged from B.C. Woman’s Hospital and Health Center on September 7, and Axel came home on September 19.
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Axel was also fitted with a mask because he had lung problems, while Jaxon underwent three major brain surgeries.

But the tiny twins miraculously beat the odds to pull through and after five months in intensive care, were allowed to go home for the first time in September.

“Jaxon wasn’t breathing when he was born and it took seven minutes to resuscitate him,” Martin, of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, said. “They were both incubated and placed on every life support machine they could have been. That first week was so tough. Each baby had serious brain bleeds.”

“Jaxon’s bleed was so serious, doctors asked us if we wanted to remove the life support,” she said. “That was the worst moment of my life. I do think they’re miracles. When I think of all the things they’ve been through and all the things that could have killed them I’m in awe.”

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Jaxon was discharged from B.C. Woman’s Hospital and Health Center on September 7, and Axel came home on September 19.

The new parents said they worried those days would never come at all.

Now, the couple is adapting to life with the tots, who require specialist treatment including physical therapy and feeding tubes.

“It’s awesome to be at home but it also has its challenges,” Martin said. “The babies have feeding tubes which can be difficult and there isn’t a whole lot of sleeping going on in our house.”

“I always hoped it would be OK in the end and we took it day by day,” Chris Martin said. “It’s great that they are home. It’s a lot of appointments and follow-ups. The lack of sleep is hard.”

The Martins said the hardest thing is the uncertainty surrounding their children’s brain injuries and how it will impact their future development.

“We’re hopeful,” Martin said. “Because a baby is always regenerating brain cells there is more hope than if an adult was to have this type of injury. We live in uncertainty because we won’t know how they are affected by these brain injuries until they grow older.”

“They may have cerebral palsy and developmental delays,” she said. “They may never walk. Sometimes I think it would be good to just know, but then other times I think the uncertainty gives us hope.”

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“The wonderful nurses and doctors who cared for Jaxon and Axel are the only reason the twins survived and I have no doubt about it,” she said.

Martin said she is inspired every day by her “miracle twins” whose personalities have started to develop.

“Axel is a real firecracker, all the nurses in the hospital said so,” she said. “He never laid still and always had such a fighting spirit. He’s a happy baby and quite mellow.”

“Jaxon is a very social baby, probably because of all the attention he got in the hospital,” she said. “He was the nurse’s favorite. His odds of survival were so low, it’s a miracle he’s here.”

“I just want them to have the best future and you have to hope that everything will be OK,” Chris Martin said.



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Mom says it’s a miracle teen son survived shark attack


The mother of a 13-year-old boy who suffered a large shark bite while lobster fishing in California said Monday that it’s a miracle her son survived.

Keane Webre-Hayes ate a cup of noodles and a doughnut and is talking and alert, said his mother, Ellie Hayes. He is eager to resume playing baseball and get back in the ocean.

Someone brought a mask and snorkel to him at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, and he said he wasn’t afraid of the water.

“He said, ‘Mom, the chances are so much more slim on the second bite,” she said to laughter of reporters who heard her speak publicly about Saturday’s attack for the first time.

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Hayes said she was standing on a cliff in the parking lot in the San Diego suburb of Encinitas when she heard the commotion, though she didn’t see the shark.

Her son was with a friend diving in about 9 feet (2.7 meters) of water about 150 yards (137 meters) offshore of the San Diego suburb of Encinitas when he was attacked. Witnesses estimated the shark was about 11 feet (3 meters) long, but the type was not known.

A trio of rescuers pulled the badly-bleeding boy to a kayak and applied pressure. He was airlifted to the hospital.

Ellie Hayes, the mother of Keane Webre-Hayes, said it's a miracle her son survived.

Ellie Hayes, the mother of Keane Webre-Hayes, said it’s a miracle her son survived.
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“We got very, very lucky, and we know it, and we are very thankful,” Ellie Hayes said alongside her husband and Keane’s stepfather, her voice choking as she spoke of how much she loved her son.

Dr. Tim Fairbanks, chief of pediatric surgery at Rady’s, said Webre-Hayes remained in serious condition from what he described as a very large and very deep bite that reached the chest wall. It tore his left upper back, shoulder, torso, face and ear but did not damage his vascular system.

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“Keane wants you to know he has all his limbs, and he’s going to be going home fully intact,” Fairbanks said. “We’re thrilled to be where we are right now. But we still need to get him across the finish line and get him all the way better.”

Hayes was reluctant to speak in detail about the incident but said her son was insistent about wanting to go lobster diving.

“He had said, ‘Mom, I’m going to make you a lobster dinner tonight,’ so he owes me one,” she said.

Hayes said the one word she would choose to describe her son is nice, but she also used brave, strong and athletic.

“He’s a warrior,” she said. “I didn’t know he was that good of a swimmer.”



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‘Miracle’ baby who weighed under 2 pounds thriving 6 months later


A “miracle” baby born severely prematurely and weighing less than a bag of sugar has defied the odds, and six months later is now a thriving little girl.

Little Elsie weighed just 1 lbs. 10-oz., and was smaller than her mother’s palm when she was born four months prematurely in April.

The tiny tot was not expected to make it with doctors saying her chances of survival were slim.

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A “miracle” baby born four months premature has survived against the odds despite weighing less than a bag of sugar and wearing nappies smaller than a credit card.  See ROSS PARRY story RPYMIRACLE.  Terrified mum Kenya Jade Latimer was rushed to hospital by her partner Ashley, 29 when she began experiencing labour pains in April – at just 24 weeks.  After hours in labour, tiny Elsie was born on April 3rd weighing just 1lb 10oz and was smaller than her mother’s palm.  The 21-year-old recalled the moment she first saw her baby daughter: “She was so tiny. It was surreal and I was in shock. Everything happened so fast.

Six months later, she is home with her parents and thriving.

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But now, six months later, the little girl is enjoying life like any other normal baby.

Terrified mom Kenya Jade Latimer was rushed to hospital by her partner Ashley, 29 when she began experiencing labor pains on April 3, at just 24 weeks.

“She was so tiny,” the 21-year-old new mom said. “It was surreal and I was in shock. Everything happened so fast.”

“One minute she was delivered, the next she was taken away from us to the neo-natal intensive care unit and placed on a ventilator,” she said. “We were not even allowed to hold her because she was so fragile. Her skin was so delicate. It was heartbreaking for us to see our daughter so poorly connected to several tubes to help her survive.”

“You don’t know what to do or think when something like this happens – you just have to deal with it,” Latimer said. 

Two weeks before baby Elsie was born, Latimer began experiencing problems.

“I had a normal pregnancy until I began bleeding at 22 weeks,” she said. “I was taken to hospital where the doctors told me I was 4 cm dilated and also warned that the odds of the baby surviving were slim. We were so shocked and upset.”

“They discussed my options, one of which was a surgical procedure called a ‘cervical stitch’ to prevent pre-term birth. It was a risky procedure and we were very lucky it worked,” she said. “However, two weeks later, I began experiencing contractions again and this time I knew the baby was coming.”

During her stay Burnley General hospital, baby Elsie was monitored 24 hours a day, given special care and underwent laser eye surgery to treat retinopathy of prematurity.

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“She weighed literally nothing when she was born,” Latimer, of Clitheroe, Lancs., said. “Ashley and I sat beside her every day from lunchtime until 9 p.m., willing her to pull through.”

“It was physically and emotionally draining and we never imagined the first few months of our newborn’s life would begin like this,” she said. 

Following weeks of specialist care at the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, the battling tot was discharged home on August 5, – four months after she was born.

Despite the setbacks, Kenya admitted it was the “best feeling ever” when she was allowed to take Elsie home.

Now, almost six months old, Elsie is enjoying life like any other baby girl.

“Elsie is a beautiful little baby – our little bundle of joy,” Latimer said. “She has settled at home really well. She is gaining weight and is teething.”

“I would like to thank my family and friends for their support during this difficult time in our lives and the medical staff – the care we received was absolutely outstanding and we will forever be grateful,” she said. “Elsie is our little miracle and we love her to bits. One of the hardest things about having a premature baby is seeing her so fragile and not being able to help, sometimes not allowed to touch my baby because she was so poorly.”

“She’s now thriving, smiling and she is our universe,” she said. 



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Florida town of Mayo changes name to ‘Miracle Whip’


Mayo, Florida is holding the mayo, at least for a few days.

The mayor of this tiny town of less than 1,500 residents, located where Florida’s Panhandle morphs into a peninsula, is announcing Saturday that the city is switching its name to “Miracle Whip.” But it’s a joke.

The name change started as a secret, tongue-in-cheek marketing proposal for the Kraft Heinz-owned mayonnaise-alternative.

Videographers for Miracle Whip on Saturday wanted to capture the shock of residents when they hear that the name of their town is being changed to a corporate brand. Representatives of the condiment planned to spend the next few days filming their jocular efforts to get residents to remove mayonnaise from their homes.

The town’s elected officials say they will let residents in on the joke after a few days, but not before street signs and the name on the water tower have been switched out. The town located halfway between Tallahassee and Gainesville is getting between $15,000 and $25,000 for the name change, and the money will be used for city beautification measures.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Mayo’s mayor ran with the concept, insisting it would be a good idea to make the name change permanent.

“We aren’t going to be boring Mayo anymore. We are going to be Miracle Whip!” Ann Murphy said. “I definitely think this will put us on the map.”

Town clerk Linda Cone confirmed the name change is a prank and conceded that in a town so small it probably won’t take long for residents to figure it out. “Everybody knows everybody. It’s been kind of difficult to keep everything under wraps,” Cone said.

The mayor said city council members secretly discussed the deal with Miracle Whip during a closed session because secrecy was needed to achieve the surprise that Miracle Whip wants to capture. However, a closed session would seem to violate Florida’s Sunshine Law requiring meetings to be held publicly except under limited conditions, open-government advocate Barbara Petersen said.

“If this is all supposed to be a big joke perpetuated on residents, I expect they probably violated the law to pull it off,” said Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation. “I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but seriously, I don’t think they thought this through.”

The town got its original name from a confederate colonel, James Mayo, and it is the county seat of Lafayette County, Florida’s second-least populous county. Possibly its biggest claim to fame is being the hometown of Kerwin Bell, a former University of Florida quarterback. The area’s biggest employer is a state prison.

Other small cities have changed their names to brands, some temporarily and others permanently.

In 1950, Hot Springs, New Mexico, renamed itself Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, in order to get the game show broadcast from the town. Granville, North Dakota, temporarily became McGillicuddy City, North Dakota, in the 1990s after the distributor of the mint schnapps paid the town $100,000. In 2010, Topeka, Kansas, temporarily changed its name to Google, Kansas, in an unsuccessful effort to get the company to install a super-fast broadband network.

“I think people thought it was kind of funny and forward thinking,” said Carole Jordan, an official with the League of Women Voters in Topeka.

Branded name changes don’t work for every city, said Chantal Panozzo, chief content officer for The Brand Consultancy. She said one successful example was North Tarrytown, New York’s switch to Sleepy Hollow in the mid-1990s to honor its roots as the setting for Washington Irving’s story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

“If the town or corporation is just seeking notoriety, publicity or money without considering what the alignment of the naming really means, then it’s not true branding,” Panozzo said. “It’s just a stunt or a desperate cry for funds.”



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