It wasn’t all bad
A routine traffic stop transformed into a dramatic rescue when an officer discovered a baby’s life was on the line. Deputy William Kimbro stopped a speeding car in Summerville, S.C., and found that a mother was rushing her 12-day-old daughter, Riley, to the hospital because the newborn had stopped breathing after feeding. The deputy immediately began performing CPR and continued until the baby began visibly breathing on her own. Kimbro was awarded a police medal for heroism, and baby Riley has made a full recovery.
A pair of 2-year-old Pakistani twins recently saw each other’s faces for the first time after surgery at a London hospital. Safa and Marwa Ullah were born conjoined at the skull, which is extremely rare, and local doctors told the family that separation surgery would likely kill one of the girls. But neurosurgeons at Britain’s Great Ormond Street Hospital offered hope: They created a virtual-reality replica of the girls’ skulls and brains and used a 3D-printed model of their heads to practice the surgery. After a 50-hour operation, the girls were separated; they have now left the hospital. “We are extremely excited about the future,” says mom Zainab Bibi.
When a bather at a Sardinian beach found himself in trouble, help arrived at Olympic speed. Andrea Benedetto, 45, was floating on an inflatable swan when he fell into the water and began drowning. As fate would have it, two-time world champion swimmer Filippo Magnini, 37, was nearby. The Italian Olympian sprang into action and swam to Benedetto, holding his head above the water and helping him onto a bather’s airbed. Together with lifeguards and fellow beachgoers, the retired athlete brought Benedetto safely to shore. “I only did what I had to do,” said Magnini.