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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Meghan McCain shared a photo on Saturday of her and her father, Sen. John McCain, on a hike, just days after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Amazing hike with Dad @SenJohnMcCain this morning. Thank you all for your best wishes!

— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 22, 2017

The Arizona senator's office and the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix announced Wednesday night that McCain had surgery on July 14 to remove a blood clot above his left eye.

"Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot," the hospital said in a statement.

According to the hospital, McCain and his family are reviewing further treatment options, which may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.

His Senate office said Wednesday that he was in "good spirits" and recovering at home in Arizona with his family.

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Stacey Gagnon(CAMP VERDE, Ariz.) -- An Arizona mother has taken to the web to encourage other parents to teach their kids about differences after her son was ridiculed at church.

Stacey Gagnon said she and her husband, along with their six kids -- four of whom have special needs and were adopted -- attended a new church last Sunday in Camp Verde, Arizona.

As she and her three youngest children walked into the separate children's church, where she was dropping the kids off, "the room became silent and every child stared or pointed at my son, Joel," Gagnon wrote in a Facebook post that has gone viral.

Gagnon, 41, adopted Joel when he was 18 months old. He has been diagnosed with Goldenhar syndrome, a congenital birth defect that affects the development of the face and other parts of the body. Joel was born without a right ear and a right rib, his mother said.

Other than that, "he's just like a normal boy," Gagnon added.

After the incident, Gagnon went on Facebook, saying, "I know he looks different, but today hurt."

Although Gagnon, a former school teacher, has usually educated children on the value of differences when similar scenarios occurred in the past, she said that last Sunday she simply tended to her upset son.

"I held him in my arms during church and he drew 'Joel loves Mom' on my palm," she began. "I have always stepped into the role of teacher to educate kids... but today I did not. Today, I did not teach someone else's kid, because I was too busy holding my broken-hearted son."

Gagnon said she hopes her emotional post, which has been shared more than 20,000 times, will encourage other parents to teach their children about differences.

"These weren't bad kids," she said, referring to the children in church that day. "But we have to be intentional about teaching kids about this. Kids fear things that look different, but when you just explain it, it's not a big deal."

Gagnon, who taught second and third grade and is now a nurse for special needs children, said one of the most important thing parents can teach their kids is compassion.

"And empathy," she added. "It doesn't just happen because they see you do it."

As for Joel, Gagnon said he recovered quickly and had an enjoyable time when the family went out to lunch after church.

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WCVB-TV(BOSTON) -- The Massachusetts boy who went viral earlier this year after his parents' blog shed light on the five-year-old's health ordeal -- he had more than 10 operations, including one heart transplant -- died Friday, the family announced on its Facebook page.

"Ari passed away peacefully this evening listening to the Red Sox," Ari "Danger" Schultz's family wrote on its Facebook page.

The tragic news comes a day after Ari's parents, Mike and Erica Schultz, wrote on their Facebook page and blog, "Echo of Hope," that Ari had been admitted to the emergency department at the Boston Children's Hospital and placed on life support.

"We called 911 at 4:19 a.m. as Ari was having a seizure," they wrote Thursday morning. "Very scary. At the hospital now. Something is going on. We don’t know what."

A few hours later, the situation took a turn for the worse. "Just after 10 a.m. Ari coded in the emergency department," read a subsequent post. "He had over a half an hour of CPR and has been placed on life support in the cardiac intensive care unit. Path forward unknown."

In mid-June, Ari made news when his parents posted a video, titled "Ari's Going Home," of their son learning that after spending 189 days as an inpatient, 105 days since having the March 3 heart transplant, and 86 days since being in cardiac arrest, he was being discharged in two days.

In the video, Ari -- wearing a Boston Red Sox jersey and swinging around a baseball bat -- is ecstatic to learn that instead of waiting weeks to be discharged, it's only a matter of days. When his father reminds him how long he's been hospitalized, Ari exclaims, "189 days? That's crazy!"

When his father asks him what he wants to do after he's discharged, Ari says, "Maybe go to a baseball field ... And after, go in the backyard and practice my golf swing."

As ABC News reported at the time, Ari's release was the perfect Father's Day gift for Mike Schultz, who took his son to the golf course.

In a video released by Ari's family the same day he was rushed to the hospital, Red Sox catcher Christian Vasquez and shortstop Xander Bogaerts dropped off gifts and invited Ari to throw out the first pitch at a Red Sox game on Aug. 27.

Late last month, Ari also met golf legend Hale Irwin at the U.S. Senior Open.

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The Smith/Ralph family (INDIANAPOLIS) -- A newborn baby is home in Indiana after being born prematurely in a Mexican hospital where his relatives said his parents were being extorted for thousands of dollars.

While vacationing in Cancun, Mexico, expectant parents Michaela Smith and Larry Ralph Jr. of Martinsville, Indiana, rushed to Hospiten Cancun when Michaela Smith started to feel contractions.

On the afternoon of July 18, baby Beckham was born just at under 3 pounds via emergency C-section. Michaela Smith was not due until Oct. 7, making her 12 weeks early, her mother Elaine Smith, also from Martinsville, told ABC News Friday.

The couple planned to "babymoon" in Mexico from July 14 to July 19. Michaela Smith had been 28 weeks pregnant and received clearance from her doctor to travel out of the country, her mother said.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the International Air Travel Association recommend that expecting mothers avoid travel after the 37th week of pregnancy, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Women who have complicated pregnancies should not travel from 32 weeks to birth.

From the Mexican hospital, Larry Ralph Jr., the baby's father, phoned family back in Indiana to share the news of baby Beckham's birth.

But soon after, he dialed his father, Larry Ralph Sr., alleging that the hospital was demanding more and more money in exchange for the hospital stay.

“They were threatening to put him literally on the streets, a baby in an incubator," Larry Smith Sr. told ABC affiliate WRTV in Indianapolis. "Complete strong-arm tactics."

Michaela Smith and Larry Ralph Jr. were allegedly charged $3,000 upfront before Michaela was cared for, $4,000 for them to see baby Beckham and tens of thousands more for their continued care, according to Michaela Smith's mother, Elaine Smith. The hospital told the couple that it couldn’t go through their health insurance and that if they refused to pay out-of-pocket, they’d no longer treat mother and child and release them, Elaine Smith said.

"She was devastated," Elaine Smith, 55, said of her 26-year-old daughter. "She was crying, she wanted to come home and there were these demands of money. At one point in time, they [the hospital] demanded 30,000 in an hour, or they were going to kick them out to another hospital. It continued. It just escalated. It kept going, and going."

An administrative representative at Hospiten Cancun told ABC News Friday during a telephone interview that Larry Ralph Jr. offered to pay the hospital a total of $2,000. The hospital would not say how much the family was charged and are denying that they would not treat mom or baby and have them released if they did not pay upfront.

Elaine Smith said her son-in-law, Larry Ralph Jr., paid the hospital $3,000 upfront, plus thousands more, before his credit card companies began freezing transactions due to potential fraudulent activity.

Elaine Smith said the Smith and Ralph families were then sent billing forms from the hospital. They got together and claim they paid more than $30,000 to the hospital.

The administrative representative at Hospiten Cancun refused to comment on whether or not the bill totaled $30,000 or more. The hospital also said the couple did not have to pay their bill before taking their baby.

"The doctors were doing everything to [make] sure the baby would be alive because [he] was born in this condition," the representative said, adding that the hospital did not hold the couple against their will.

"In this moment, the baby was in the NICU and they were waiting," the representative said. "[We] provided the medical records so they could take the baby back to the United States. We didn't care about the money. We gave him all the medical records [for] the certificate of birth. We provided them with everything."

The family also contacted its congressional representative, Trey Hollingsworth. Both Hollingsworth and the State Department worked to obtain both a birth certificate for baby Beckham and a medical jet to get him back home to Indiana, Hollingsworth told ABC News on Friday.

Hollingsworth said that the hospital was also attempting to extort money from the couple in exchange for medical information on the birth of their son, making it difficult at first to have a birth certificate issued for the child in the United States.

"Demands fell once they realized the more and more attention the United States and the representatives were paying to the situation," Hollingsworth said. "We just worked to find different options for baby Beckham to get home. "It certainly is scary, but my first thought was about baby Beckham's health and making sure we got him the care that he needed and got him to Riley [a hospital in Indiana]."

Hollingsworth confirmed that a medical jet flew to Mexico from Pensacola, Florida, on July 20 and picked up Smith and Beckham, who were released from Hospiten Cancun, and brought them to Indiana. Larry Ralph Jr. followed behind by commercial jet.

Beckham and his parents were reunited with their family, and the child was brought to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Hollingsworth said.

Jason Fechner, a consultant for public relations at Riley, told ABC News that due to HIPAA laws, the hospital cannot comment on individual patients.

Both Hollingsworth and Elaine Smith said they believe the Mexican hospital finally released Michaela Smith and baby Beckham after they received increased pressure from the State Department and U.S. government officials.

To her knowledge, Elaine Smith said Hospiten Cancun never threatened to have her daughter and son-in-law arrested for not paying money they were allegedly asking for.

In a Hospiten Cancun pamphlet obtained by Elaine Smith and released to ABC News, a "normal" vaginal birth costs 30,212 pesos, or $1,716.

A C-section is priced at 36,452 pesos, or $2,070. That amount includes, but is not limited to, two nights of hospitalization, anesthesia, neonatal equipment and an incubator.

Elaine Smith said she believes her daughter and grandson did receive good care while patients at Hospiten Cancun. The real issue, she added, was the staff’s allegedly demanding more and more money, and posing threats to her family.

"She did get good care and they did keep my grandson alive and for that, I'm grateful," she said.

Rebecca Ewert, Larry Ralph Jr.'s sister, started a GoFundMe page, where more than $46,000 was raised in just two days.

The money paid for the AirMed jet that safely brought Beckham and his mother home, as well as the neonatal staff that was present on the flight, Elaine Smith said. Any leftover funds will pay for Beckham’s medical care here on out, she added.

"There is still a lot of human kindness out there," Elaine Smith added. "The outpouring has been really favorable for us -- kind, warm thoughts and prayers. The GoFundMe page is just an example. I am a first-time grandma. I am going to get a 'Beckham's Grandma' T-shirt made. I can't wait to hold him, spend time with him and do grandma stuff."

Elaine Smith said she urges people to be cautious before traveling to Mexico.

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Jessica Lampert and Kristin Cronin(BABYLON, N.Y.) -- It’s double the diapers for these two sisters from Long Island.

Jessica Lampert, 30, of Commack, and Kristin Cronin, 34, of Babylon, both gave birth to healthy babies at Good Samaritan Hospital on July 19, delivered by the same doctor.

“It was very exciting. I found out I was pregnant and two weeks later she found out she was pregnant on Thanksgiving,” Lampert told ABC News.

They were C-section births, the second for both sisters whose first children were born only six months apart too.

“My sister and I really close so it made sense to do it all on the same day,” said Cronin. “We both had previous C-sections so we had to another one moving forward. We had the chance to do it together on the same day or one a day apart, so it was a no brainer.”

Lampert had a baby girl, Blake Kay, and Cronin had a baby boy, Justin Paul, who they say will be “best friends.”

Blake weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Justin weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

“We’ll definitely celebrate the first birthday together which will be nice,” said Lampert. “I had my 30th birthday yesterday, the day after the babies were born. I figured she’d rather share a birthday with her cousin than her mom.”

The sisters’ OB-GYN, Dr. Athanasios Antoniadis, has a long history with their family.

“He delivered our first two as well. He’s part of the family pretty much,” said Cronin. “He delivered a lot our cousin’s babies as well. He’s a great doctor."

Jessica and Kristin’s brother, James Darcy, is the godfather of both children.

“It’s kind of par [for] the course for us because we’re a very tight family,” said Cronin. “We’re all very close. My sister, mom and I are all best friends so it fits perfectly into our family dynamic. We also have a younger brother and we asked him to be the godfather to both of the kids so keeping it all in the family.”

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Courtesy of Brittney Johnson and Kayla Imhoff (COLUMBIA, Mo.) -- Co-parenting doesn't have to be hard. And one former couple in Missouri is proving that.

Brittney Johnson praised her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend Kayla Imhoff in a now-viral Facebook post, writing: "Kayla has been a gift of so much more than I could have hoped for."

The single mother told ABC News she was inspired to write the July 12 post, which has accumulated more than 66,000 likes on Facebook, after Imhoff sent her a photo of herself with Johnson's 4-year-old daughter, Payton.

"When Kayla started nursing school [at State Technical College of Missouri], she sent me a picture of her and Payton in matching scrubs," Johnson, 27, recalled.

The Columbia, Missouri, woman was touched because despite Imhoff's "strenuous schedule," her ex Charlie Swarzentruber's new girlfriend was making time of her daughter "in one of the busiest times in her life."

Imhoff, 22, who's been dating Swarzentruber since 2013, told ABC News that when she saw Johnson's post, it warmed her heart.

"I appreciate that she appreciates me so much. She doesn't have to do that and she does. That's what makes our relationship so special," she told ABC News.

Swarzentruber, 24, admitted that Johnson and Imhoff's relationship didn't start off this well.

"But it's definitely gone from the tension to something really good," he told ABC News. "Those two talk and hang out all the time."

In fact, because Swarzentruber is a mechanic who works long hours, he relies on them both to pick up and drop off his daughter.

"I'm just glad that these two get along and love my little girl the way they do," he added. "They help me a lot. That's for sure."

Johnson said Imhoff makes it easy to get along with because "she's such a sweet girl."

Imhoff echoed Johnson's sentiment, adding: "She’s really accepting and we both went into it with an open mind."

The single mother has advice for anyone struggling with co-parenting with an ex's new partner.

"See that person as a potential teammate of yours instead of competition," she said. "With me and Kayla, we're on the same team. We're on Payton's team."

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Courtesy Michael Graydon(MOODY, Ala.) -- A 2-year-old Alabama girl has a new lease on life thanks to a kidney donation from her 62-year-old grandmother, who was a perfect match.

Wryn Graydon of Moody, Alabama, was diagnosed at 2 months old with congenital nephrotic syndrome, a rare kidney disorder that the National Institutes of Health says is caused by genetic defects.

Wryn had both of her kidneys removed two months after the diagnosis and then was put on dialysis at home, her father, Michael Graydon, said.

As doctors waited for Wryn to be old enough and strong enough for a kidney transplant, her family wondered whether any among them would be able to donate their own kidney.

“Everybody wanted to be a match so bad,” Graydon told ABC News. “My wife [Haley] and I didn’t know who to choose to get tested first. I had kidney stones so I knew I wouldn’t be a possibility and my wife was the primary caregiver, so they wouldn’t let her do it.”

Graydon’s parents, Carol and Mike Graydon, were among the first family members to be tested. After a false-positive test result for Mike Graydon, it was Carol Graydon, 62, who came back as a perfect match for her granddaughter.

Carol Graydon’s good health -- she was told she had the kidneys of a 20-year-old -- allowed her to move forward as Wryn’s donor.

“Having a living and a related donor allowed us to schedule the transplant as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Dan Feig, division director of Pediatric Nephrology at University of Alabama in Birmingham, who treated Wryn. “A very, very healthy 62-year-old is terrific so we were thrilled to be able to move forward.”

Graydon found out his mom could be Wryn’s kidney donor when Carol Graydon, who lives about two hours away in Greenville, Alabama, surprised him at work to share the news.

“There are so many emotions that hit you,” he said. “We’re big believers in God so we trust in him. But from the medical side we know what can go wrong and this was my mom and daughter.”

Carol Graydon and Wryn underwent their kidney transplant last week at neighboring hospitals in Birmingham. While Graydon waited at the bedside of Wryn, his father texted him updates from Carol Graydon’s surgery.

“He was sending me texts, ‘The incision is done. The kidney is out and headed your way,’” Graydon recalled.

After the nearly three-hour procedure, the kidney transplant between grandmother and granddaughter was declared a success.

“When my mom was able to come over in her wheelchair and see Wryn, it’s almost like they had some type of immediate connection,” Graydon said. “They were already close to begin with but Wryn just perked up that day and was very happy and laughing and being her normal self after seeing my mom.”

Wryn is awaiting discharge from the hospital and then will go home to live a normal life, without the constraints of dialysis. An average kidney transplant lasts 15 years so Wryn will likely need another transplant but is now doing “terrifically well,” Dr. Feig said.

Carol Graydon is now recovering at home and dealing with a side effect of being a kidney donor, exhaustion, according to her son. But the family is also bracing for a positive side effect from Wryn’s receiving a kidney: energy.

“We’re excited about it but also scared,” Graydon said of him and his wife, who also have a 5-year-old daughter. “She was already our wild child.”

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Walter Fisher(NEW YORK) -- A professional poker player shed 70 pounds after his buddies bet him $1 million that he could not drop down to just 10 percent body fat in six months.

Walter Fisher, 36, said that he blamed his recent weight gain on the fact that he mostly worked in a casino, telling ABC News, "They have all these amazing, wonderful, rich restaurants and I just started ordering by the truckload: veal Parmesan, pastas."

"The weight piled on," he said. "I was looking in the mirror and I didn't know who this person was."

Fisher said that eight months ago he tipped the scale at 245 pounds. Around the same time, he said a few big losses at the poker table left him more than half a million dollars in debt.

Some of his gambling buddies then challenged him with a $1 million bet that he could not get his body down to just 10 percent body fat in six months.

Fisher says he went "all-in," hitting the gym for up to 10 hours a day and eating clean. He even hired a personal trainer, Chris DiVecchio.

"He was down, down on his luck," DiVecchio, the owner of Premier Mind & Body in Los Angeles, said of Fisher at the time they started working together. "But at the same time I could see that light behind his eyes."

After five-and-a-half months of grueling hard work, Fisher reached his goal and weighed-in at 175 pounds. He also walked away with $600,000.

People with financial motivation are five times more likely to meet their weight-loss goals than people without a cash incentive, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Fisher said for him, however, that money wasn't the main motivator that helped him lose weight, saying that he wanted to be someone his young nephews and nieces could look up to.

"I wanted to be around my nephews and nieces and ... give them .. the uncle they should look up to, not somebody who is a mess," Fisher said. "Money shouldn't be the motivating factor."

Fisher said his life has changed for the better since his dramatic transformation, and adds that he thinks there is no way he'll ever gain that weight back. But if he does, he says he will just make another bet.

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DanielMirer/iStock/Thinkstock(STERLING, Va.) -- The Loudon County Health Department is continuing to investigate the reports of illnesses linked to a Chipotle restaurant earlier this month, saying approximately 60 people may have gotten sick.

"One ill patron has tested positive for norovirus," Dr. David Goodfriend, director of the LCHD said. Goodfriend noted, however, that at this point there is not enough information to determine the cause of the outbreak.

The restaurant voluntarily closed on July 17 after being informed of multiple customers complaining of nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea within the previous two days. The restaurant was reopened on July 19.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said one in six Americans gets sick from contaminated food each year, and norovirus is the most common foodborne illness.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Deaths linked to AIDS have dropped by half in the past decade, according to a new report.

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS said deaths had fallen from a peak of 1.9 million in 2005 to 1 million in 2016, according to the BBC.

The report stated that more than half of people who are affected by AIDS, which is caused by HIV, have been getting treatment for the first time. Eastern and southern Africa have led the way in terms of lowering the number of new HIV infections, according to the report. 

If left unmanaged, the HIV infection destroys the immune system, causing individuals to die from other infections such as tuberculosis, according to the BBC. While it can be contained with a daily regimen of antiretroviral therapy, there is no cure.

"We met the 2015 target of 15 million people on treatment, and we are on track to double that number to 30 million and meet the 2020 target," UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé told the BBC.

"We will continue to scale up to reach everyone in need and honor our commitment of leaving no one behind."

More than 36 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, and 53 percent of them are getting the necessary therapy, which gives them a life expectancy closer to normal, according to the BBC. 

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Creatas/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the first MRI device specifically for neonatal brain and head imaging in neonatal intensive care units.

"Although we can use traditional MRI scanners to image neonates, taking babies outside of the neonatal intensive care unit to MRI suites presents great challenges," said Vasum Peiris, chief medical officer for pediatrics and special populations at FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

The new device, called the Embrace Neonatal MRI system, would give physicians a safer way to image vulnerable, young patients. The system includes a temperature-controlled incubator that minimizes the baby's movement.

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TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The U.S. doctor in London to examine Charlie Gard, an 11-month-old boy suffering from a critical illness that has damaged his brain and rendered him unable to breathe on his own, could recommend an experimental treatment -- one which may or may not improve his outcome.

A U.K. judge extended invitations to Dr. Michio Hirano, chief of the division of Neuromuscular disorders and a professor of neurology at Columbia University in New York City, as well as a doctor from the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome who has not been named, after evidence on a new experimental treatment was presented in court last Thursday.

The doctors were each given an "honorary contract" by the Great Ormond Street Hospital to examine the baby, use its facilities, review medical records and speak with his doctors and parents.

But questions remain about whether the experimental treatment would help Charlie because it has never been tested for his specific condition.

Charlie suffers from a form of mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease that causes progressively increasing muscle weakness that leads to organ failure and becomes life-threatening within a few years. Though he is less than a year old, the baby has been on life support for several months.

He has a rare mutated gene, the RRM2B gene. The mutation impairs his production of nucleosides, a sub-part within the DNA of his mitochondria. Mitochondria, which are called the "powerhouses" of the cells, are responsible for creating the energy to sustain cells and therefore life.

Nucleosides are required to help produce healthy mitochondrial DNA, which are necessary for mitochondria to produce energy for cells, including the energy-hungry muscles. Healthy muscle tissue is, in turn, required for organs to function normally.

That's why a lack of healthy nucleosides will lead to failure of many organs, according to the National Institutes of Health, including those required for breathing.

The experimental therapy that has been suggested for Charlie would be an oral medicine that aims to deliver the correct type of nucleoside to improve the function of his mitochondrial DNA.

The medication has been tested on mice and a small number of people with a different mitochondrial condition, some of whom have shown measurable improvement.

But the drug has never been tested on people with Charlie's specific condition. As a result, the baby's response to the experimental treatment is difficult to predict.

ABC News' Nightline reported on an American family from Baltimore who understands the trying circumstances for Charlie’s parents and recommends the experimental treatment.

Art and Olga Estopinan’s 6-year-old son Art Jr. was diagnosed with a similar type of mitochondrial depletion syndrome when he was just over a year old. Like Charlie, doctors had told his parents there was little chance of survival.

Five years ago, Art Jr. became the first child in the U.S. to receive the treatment and Hirano was the doctor who administered it.

"We were told there was no hope and no cure," Olga Estopinan told Nightline. "He was terminal and the average age for these children was 3 years old."

The Estopinans said little Art Jr. went from being on the brink of death to gaining back some motor functions. He can now find and play movies on an iPad and say "Mommy," "Daddy" and a few other words.

The medicine has not "cured" Art Jr. He requires round-the-clock care, receives three to four treatments per day, eats through a feeding tube, uses a motorized wheelchair and needs help moving his limbs, Nightline reported.

Despite those challenges, Art Jr.'s family said it has changed their son's life and recommend it.

"With all due respect to [Charlie’s doctors,] I encourage those doctors to educate themselves," Art Estopinan told Nightline. "See how these experimental medications will create the end signs that little Charlie needs so he can get stronger like my son."

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Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that more than 100 million American adults are living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to an updated report.

The data included in the report is as of 2015, at which point the CDC says, 30.3 million Americans -- more than nine percent of the population -- have diabetes. Another 84.1 million have prediabetes, a condition that could lead to type 2 diabetes within five years if untreated.

The rate of new diabetes diagnoses remain steady, the report shows. But the disease remains the seventh leading cause of death.

"Although these finding sreveal some progress in diabetes management and prevention, there are still too many Americans with diabetes and prediabetes," said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. "Now, more than ever, we must step up our efforts to reduce the burden of this serious disease."

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Bronkar and Cyndi Lee(ATLANTA) -- This baby boy literally can’t wait for his dad to drop the beat.

Bronkar Lee and his 19-month-old son, Elijah, have an impressive beatbox session in this precious Facebook video going viral, which the baby’s parents refer to as “highchair babybeats.”

“Our view is that music is just simply another language. That’s all it is,” Lee, a professional musician, told ABC News. “That moment is happening all the time at our house.”

Bronkar Lee and his wife, Cyndi Lee, a professional songwriter, said they are playing music around Elijah constantly.

“I remember the first time we incorporated him into a song we tied little bells around his ankles and he was in a bouncy seat clicking his legs along to the music. He was maybe three months clicking along to the rhythm,” said Cyndi Lee.

“He gets it 100 percent. No question about it,” Bronkar Lee added of their son. “He sings with us on key. He understands. He’s cultivating his motor skills. He’s very aware of what’s happening.”

The family from Atlanta, Georgia, said Elijah is exposed to music “every single day” and it helps the baby boy fall asleep.

“When Elijah was tiny and he had a hard time relaxing and settling down, I would take him in my arms and go into our studio and I’d make live beats and music with percussion, guitars, flute, whatever, and I’d make these beats and bounce him in my arms and he’d fall asleep with full-on music,” said Bronkar Lee. “He’s always playing music, we’re always singing together. This is an everyday event in our house.”

Bronkar Lee said he’s taught beatboxing professionally overseas and is thrilled his son enjoys it as much as his parents do. The proud dad is also happy that this special moment is resonating so well with others on social media.

“It’s real. It’s truthful. It’s authentic,” he said. “I think there’s something really powerful about that. He was right on tempo with me.”

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Courtesy Courtney Gilmour(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- A magical day became even more magical for these kids thanks to some wonderful news from Mickey Mouse.

Janielle and Elijah Gilmour were surprised to learn their official adoption date after living with their foster parents, Courtney and Tom Gilmour, for nearly three years.

“I gave my parents a big hug because I was so excited to finally find out when the adoption date was going to be,” Janielle, 12, told ABC News. “It was amazing. They said it was going to be a magical day and it really was a magical day. I started to cry because I was so happy that we were getting adopted.”

The children, Janielle and Elijah, 10, had known they were going to be adopted but did not know the exact date.

“They were thinking they would get adopted after school got out at the end of the school year, but once we got the actual date I thought, ‘How awesome would it be to tell them there?’” mom Courtney Gilmour, of Portland, Pennsylvania, recalled of the family’s trip to Disney’s Magic Kingdom in April. “We were planning a trip to the Star Wars Celebration. It was in Orlando and as we were looking at the kids’ school calendar and we saw there was an additional 24 hours we could spend down there. And the kids had never been to Disney before.”

When the family checked into their hotel, they were given Star Wars Celebration buttons to write what they were celebrating while at the park.

“I got mine and my husband’s and we wrote were celebrating ‘adopting our kids,’ and the kids wrote, ‘being adopted,’” she explained. “I took a picture of the pins and posted it to Twitter and I hashtagged 'Walt Disney World' and within minutes they had gotten back to me asking if they could do something to make our trip a little more special. I thought honestly they were going to add dessert onto our meal.”

Instead, the park arranged for the children to have a special meet and greet with Mickey Mouse to get their picture taken and autograph books signed. They had no idea Mickey also had another surprise up his sleeve, revealing a sign to announce the date they’d finally become one big, happy family.

Janielle and Elijah broke down in tears at the news.

“I wasn’t expecting them to have that reaction. Usually, you know your kids and it takes a little bit for something to click in for them,” said Courtney Gilmour. “It was something they desperately wanted -- closure on the adoption date.”

“It feels amazing,” Janielle added. “I’ve been going through a lot and it’s amazing to be adopted.”

The mom posted the video of the surprise to Facebook on July 6 where it has racked up 1.4 million views.

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