Baby born at 1 pound heads home after spending 133 days in hospital

Doctors determined Russell had little chance of survival.

A micro preemie who was born at just 1 pound has defied the odds after doctors determined he had little chance of survival.

Russell Appold Jr. was treated at Tulane Lakeside Hospital in Louisiana after his mother went into labor at 22 weeks pregnant. Russell fought 133 days in the neonatal intensive care unit and finally arrived home Oct. 1.

“If it wasn’t for them and God, I don’t think he would be here,” mom Natasha Williams told “Good Morning America.” “They are so sweet and became our family. … We cried quite a bit when we had to say goodbye.”

Williams, now a mother of three, said when trying to have Russell she was pregnant three times, but none of the babies had

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This Echo Dot + LIFX Bulb Bundle May Be Prime Day’s Best Smart Home Deal

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Amazon published this Prime Day deal a day early for its Prime members. For about the price of a pizza, you can get your hands on the company’s Echo Dot smart speaker and a bonus LIFX smart lightbulb.

Over the years, the Echo Dot has become Amazon’s most popular smart speaker — probably due in part to its affordable price. This model is 70% louder than the second-generation Dot and it flaunts a UFO-shaped design with a fabric cover that comes in four different colors.

The Echo Dot will hear your voice commands via seven built-in microphones and it can connect to a larger audio system via Bluetooth or a standard 3.5-millimeter audio cable for an even fuller sound.

It’s the perfect accessory for getting the weather, news, or traffic. It also works wonderfully for setting timers, getting answers to questions, creating calendar events,

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2 Texas boys, ages 5 and 7, have to fend for themselves for 5 days, after mother collapses and dies at home

Two North Texas boys, ages 5 and 7, had to fend for themselves for nearly a week, after their adoptive mother collapsed and died at home.

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According to the local CBS-affiliate KTVT, teachers in the Forney Independent School District asked police to check on the two boys, who hadn’t been in class since Sept. 21, and whose mother couldn’t be reached.

“They knew something was not right,” Kristen Zastoupil, a spokesperson for the district said about the teachers, according to FOX 4. “They are used to communicating with this parent. And so when they didn’t get a response, they knew something was off,” Zastoupil added.

On Sunday, when officers arrived at their home in Talty, a small town 28 miles west of Dallas, they found the two brothers. They also found their mother, 71-year-old Connie Taylor, dead inside the house.


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Titans’ Kevin Byard can share home-birth story with his son ‘for the rest of our days’ – Tennessee Titans Blog

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kevin Leon Byard IV was due to be born on Aug. 24. But he had his own schedule, coming a day early and forcing his dad, Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard, into action.

Byard helped deliver his son at home on Aug. 23 while receiving instructions over the phone from a doula.

Earlier that evening, Byard’s wife, Clarke, started having contractions. But after they subsided, Byard fell asleep — until Clarke’s contractions returned around 10:30 p.m. Byard checked on Clarke before getting some clothes and helping her get dressed. He called and asked the doula to meet them at the hospital.

But then things progressed rapidly.

“I was downstairs getting the car ready, then went back upstairs and she was still having pretty

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