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jarun011/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- A once-prominent drug executive was convicted today of racketeering and fraud but acquitted of murder for his role running the company that allegedly produced contaminated medicine that caused a deadly outbreak of infections including meningitis in 2012.

The jury today returned a mixed verdict in the trial of 50-year-old Barry Cadden, the former president and co-founder of the Boston-based New England Compounding Center, finding him guilty of
racketeering and mail fraud but acquitting him on all 25 counts of second-degree murder.

Cadden was accused by the government of creating a public health crisis as head of the NECC, where prosecutors said shoddy practices and unsanitary conditions doomed hundreds of people for whom the
company produced drugs.

The government says a total of 753 people across the country were stricken in 2012 with an epidemic of infections, including meningitis, after receiving contaminated steroid injections produced by
Cadden’s company, and 64 of them died.

One of those sickened with meningitis was 44-year-old Patricia Schmiedeknecht of Rhode Island, who told ABC News she still suffers from intense pain and continuous sickness five years later.

“I cry and I get angry,” she said. “My physical life is much different. I don’t have the energy that I used to. I feel extra pain. I have head pain.”

When investigators went to the NECC, they say they found filth, rusted equipment and insects in a facility turning out batches of contaminated medicine.

And as part of his alleged scheme to cut corners, prosecutors said Cadden created phony lists of patients, using names of people who were not customers, including Donald Trump, Calvin Klein and
Jennifer Lopez, in order to be considered a pharmacy with clients instead of a drug manufacturer, which is held to a higher standard.

During the trial, the prosecution also showed videos of Cadden telling his employees not to worry about state health inspectors.

“How can they come in and inspect me?” Cadden said in one training video. “They don’t even know what they’re looking at. They have no clue.”

Cadden’s laywer Bruce Singal called it a “disgrace” that Cadden had faced any murder charges.

“We said from Day one of this case that these murder charges were unjust, unwarranted, and unproveable and we are pleased that today’s verdict vindicates Barry on them,” Singal told ABC News.

Cadden remains free on bail while awaiting his sentencing, which is set for June 21.

Kathy Pugh, whose now-deceased mother was sickened for years before ultimately succumbing to health complications from the tainted medication, called on the judge to impose a harsh sentence.

“If he gives Barry Cadden maximum time, he will send a signal to other CEOs of major companies, whether it’s pharmaceutical, automotive, or whatever,” she said. “It will send a signal that they
can’t get away with this.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A warning by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has raised new concern about breast implants risks and the possibility of developing a rare form of cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or ALCL.

Here's the key information about the new warning:

When did the FDA first discover the link?

The FDA first noticed a possible association between breast implants and ALCL, a rare type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, in 2011.

"Women considering breast implants should be aware of the very small, but increased risk of developing ALCL and discuss it with a physician," Dr. Binita Ashar, a physician and FDA scientist studying these cancer cases, said in a statement on the FDA website in 2011.

Ashar said, at the time, that most women were diagnosed with cancer years after surgery when they noticed changes in the look and feel of the area around the breast implant. They did not have enough cases then to determine a certain connection.

After further research, the FDA announced Tuesday that, in rare cases, they believe breast implants can lead to the development of ALCL.

How many women have been affected?


The risk of ALCL remains rare even in women with breast implants. The FDA so far has found 359 reports of women developing breast cancer-associated ALCL, including nine deaths. The majority of women who developed the cancer, 208, had a textured type of implant rather than a smooth implant. Additionally, 186 of the women who developed ALCL had implants filled with silicone versus 126 who had implants filled with saline.

An estimated 1.7 million breast implantation surgeries were completed in the U.S. alone between 2011 and 2016, according to the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, so the risk remains low.

"All of the information to date suggests that women with breast implants have a very low, but increased risk of developing ALCL compared to women who do not have breast implants," FDA officials said on their website. "Most cases of breast implant-associated ALCL are treated by removal of the implant and the capsule surrounding the implant and some cases have been treated by chemotherapy and radiation."

What to know for women who already have breast implants

The FDA stressed that those with breast implants do not need to change routine care and medical follow-ups. However, the FDA continues to recommend women with silicone implants have MRI scans to detect any potential rupturing -- and consult with a doctor if they notice any physical changes around the implant site.

ABC News' Chief Women's Health Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton said that people with implants should be informed of the potential risks, but stressed that breast implantation surgery is generally safe.

"An increased risk of a rare event is still a rare event," Ashton said Wednesday on ABC News' Good Morning America.

What to know for women considering breast implants


The FDA suggests patient should research thoroughly before having breast implants.

Women considering implants should also remember they will likely need additional procedures or replacement in the future. They should research the range of different products, communicate with a surgeon and understand long-term risks, before deciding to have the surgery, and monitor any adverse reactions after.

More information can be found on the FDA website.

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Alcovy Pet Rescue(ATLANTA) -- An abused shelter dog is starting a new chapter in life at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport customs department.

Murray the beagle came to the Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter more than a year ago, and he was in bad shape, according to shelter director Tammie Jourdanais. Murray had a band on his tail, as if somebody had been trying to shorten it, and half of one of his ears missing.

Jourdanais said Murray was brought to the shelter after he had been found outside.

"He was very scared and nervous," she said. "You could tell he'd not been socialized much. We just gradually worked with him and gave him more love and attention."

After receiving medical attention, Murray then moved to Alcovy Pet Rescue, which placed him in a foster home. There, his abilities truly started to show.

"[His foster owner] recognized his ability to sniff and search out food," Yvonne Petty, director of Alcovy Pet Rescue, said. "He was constantly smelling everything and getting into cabinets. He was just very interested in that kind of thing."

Petty said her shelter has had several dogs move on to work in customs at other airports and these signs are typical of a dog who is inclined toward that work.

"A lot of times when a beagle is that active, they're a good candidate," she said.

Murray then entered training with the United States Department of Agriculture. During this training, Petty said he got along well with the handlers.

"They're very good with these dogs and that's why we work with them," she said. "He's a great dog. Even when they're done training, he still wants to work."

Murray graduated from training on March 16 and will soon start work at the airport. There, he will join the ranks of other dogs who scan luggage for prohibited plants and foods. His story, Petty said, shows that any dog can move forward from a troubled past.

"He's done so well and we're just so amazed at what a transformation he [made] from being abused ... to overcoming all that," she said. "You can really find great dogs in animal control instead of going out and buying them."

Jourdanais agreed and said she's thankful Murray started in her shelter and not one where he would have been euthanized due to his injuries.

"It's one of those stories that makes what I do rewarding," she said. "They always say 'poor shelter dogs,' but these poor shelter dogs can really do things in the world."

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Two years after falling in love on season 11 of The Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe and her fiance Shawn Booth sat down with ABC News' Good Morning America to discuss their future together and Bristowe's recent decision to freeze her eggs.

"I think a lot of women feel pressure to have kids, especially when you get engaged," Bristowe, 31, told GMA. "And for me, I'm like, I don't want that pressure on myself."

Bristowe took to social media earlier this month to announce her decision to freeze her eggs, writing on Twitter that she was "taking control."

"This is kind of a backup plan for us and for us to feel comfortable," Bristowe said of the egg freezing process, for which she turned to another former The Bachelor star, Whitney Bischoff, for help. "It's kind of like insurance."

Booth posted a photo on Instagram after the procedure of Bristowe asleep in his arms.

"Very proud of her for taking control of our future and continuing to empower others! #ovaeggfreezing," he captioned the photo.

Bristowe said she didn't know "what I would have done" without Booth by her side.

"I think Shawn's role in this was, I mean it was crucial for me," Bristowe said on GMA.

In deciding to freeze her eggs, Bristowe joins a growing list of celebrities who have made the same choice, including actress Olivia Munn, comedian Whitney Cummings and former The Real Housewives of Miami star Joanna Krupa.

The number of women choosing to freeze their eggs has increased from under 500 in 2009 to nearly 4,000 in 2013, according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.

"Freezing eggs is something they can do for themselves right now that will actually open up their reproductive options for the future," Dr. Karine Chung, associate professor at The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, told ABC News. "So I think it is a very empowering process for women to go through."

Bristowe and Booth have yet to set a wedding date. They said the decision made by Bristowe to freeze her eggs was an investment in their future together, which they hope includes children.

"We always say we want to have probably five, but we'll talk after we have one," Booth joked.

"Yeah, that's what we say every time," Bristowe added.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) --  Health care experts doubt that the amendments added Monday night to the Republican health care bill will change top-line numbers estimates from the Congressional Budget Office about how many people will be uninsured under the proposed bill or how much out of pocket cost may go up.

"The notion that the basic story is going to be fundamentally different is probably not true -- the bill is basically what the bill is," Dr. Michael Chernew, director of the Healthcare Markets and Regulation Lab at Harvard Medical School, told ABC News.

Karen Pollitz of the non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation said the changes were mostly done to appease political concerns.

"In the plain language of the law, there is not a lot in this manager's amendment that would change things substantially for real Americans," she says. "There is this question mark –- a change in a provision that might increase somewhat the tax credits for older people. But it's not spelled out. There's just a lot of buzz about it."

One of the other major concerns with the bill were skyrocketing, out-of-pocket costs projected for lower income, older Americans, who could see costs rise but their tax credit shrink significantly compared to current subsidies provided under current law.

The changes to the House bill do not directly address this. Instead, Republicans tweaked another part of the bill dealing with tax deductions to essentially bring in a little more cash for the government without raising the cost of the bill. They are telling moderate members that the Senate can use the new bundle of money to bump up the tax credits to seniors.

(House Republicans changed how much people would be able to deduct on their taxes for medical expenses from 10 percent currently to 5.8 percent. It was 7.5 percent in the older version of the bill. Staff hopes that results in approximately $85 billion for the Senate to allocate.)

Matt Fiedler, a fellow at the Center for Health Policy at Brookings Institution, was skeptical that that money would really be able to change the overall coverage.

"Where are the coverage losses in the bill coming from? They are coming from the Medicaid provisions, the repeal of the individual mandate and the change in the credit structure," he said. "Changing the credit structure does not do anything about the first two buckets," he said, adding that the bill currently spends about $300 billion less on tax credits than current subsidies.

"Even if they use that $85 billion in an optimal way to sort of fill in the gaps they have created ... they are filling in less than a third of one prong of the problem," Fiedler added.

Fiedler said some of the changes to the bill could help expand coverage, but that others would likely cut coverage too.

For instance, the Rules Committee on Monday night passed a provision changing how interest rates are calculated for Medicaid, which in turn, experts say, could help relax some of the caps for that states hit with their Medicaid spending. Bottom line, this small change could lead to more coverage, by giving states more flexibility to keep people on their Medicaid rolls.

On the flip-side, the package of changes added last night also give states license in to change their Medicaid programs in ways that would likely lead to fewer people being covered.

The bill now expressly allows states to require "able-bodied" adults on Medicaid to show proof of work to get coverage. Dr. Richard Frank, former deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at HHS under Obama, told ABC News that he thought work requirements would largely impact the mentally-ill people or those struggling with addiction.

"If you take away their coverage because of that, you are going to reduce their chance of working rather than if you cover them and get them treatment," he said.

The bill also now allows states to receive Medicaid funding as one big block grant from the federal government, not on a per capita basis, a change that many experts argue would lead to fewer people being enrolled.

"My is take if I was a Medicaid advocate, I don’t think this goes very far if at all to making me feel very comfortable," Chernew said. "If I were a senator I would be concerned about the exact same things I was concerned about before the manger's amendment, which is they're taking a fair bit out of the health care system, largely out of Medicaid."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Infant mortality in the U.S. declined 15 percent between 2005 and 2014, according to new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mortality rates fell for four out of the five leading causes of infant death: Congenital malformations, prematurity/low birth weight, sudden-infant death syndrome (SIDS) and maternal complications. SIDS alone saw a 29 percent decrease.

The rate for the other leading cause of death, unintentional injuries, increased 11 percent.

The CDC figures also show that where you live can make a difference. Overall, 33 states saw a decline in infant mortality, while the remaining 17 saw no significant change.

The states where the numbers went down at least 20 percent were Connecticut, South Carolina, Colorado and Washington, D.C.

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Melissa Holman(NEW YORK) -- A photo of two women and a baby boy has touched thousands on social media.

Australian mom, egg donor and surrogate Melissa Holman posted the photo to the Facebook page of Constance Hall, a popular blogger.

Holman wrote: "A few weeks ago I gave birth to a baby boy. This is me holding him. He was perfect - a screaming newborn mess, lifted off my stomach and put gently into his Mother’s loving arms. Those arms were not mine."

Holman told ABC News she's been "overwhelmed" by the response to her post.

"I think it has confirmed why I love this," she said. "I've had countless letters from women struggling to conceive and also other mothers who want to help. I learned when I was young to focus on what you can change rather than what you can't. And with this, I can make a difference."

In Australia, surrogates do not benefit financially.

"There's a shortage of women willing to do something like this for someone without payment," said Holman. "But there's women out there that will and want to and if some of those women read my story and consider it, then it's worth it."

In eight years, Holman has been the surrogate for two babies and an egg donor for 18 babies.

"I know and keep in touch with all of my recipients and they're amazing women," she said. "We are friends. They could have taken the donation and run, but they haven't. Things work beautifully."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Having trouble getting your necessary serving of fruit in each day? Try blending them, says celebrity trainer and Jamba Juice representative Harley Pasternak.

Pasternak says when blending one’s fruits and veggies, time is no longer an excuse.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- All they do is eat and sleep but now, babies can have an even cushier life.

Introducing Baby Spa Perth, the third "baby spa" in a franchise that started in South Africa. It's the first of its kind in Australia, where babies may indulge in hydrotherapy or massage sessions.

According to Anita and Kavita Kumar, the spa directors, infant hydrotherapy benefits "range from improved sleep quality, reduced discomfort from colic, wind, constipation and reflux while regular visits can benefit the cardiovascular and respiratory systems."

The Baby Spa website states that it is the only facility in the world to use a specially designed floatation device, sort of like an Elizabethan collar, which supports babies in the water, allowing them freedom of movement that they would otherwise not experience.

Parents shouldn’t feel left out, either. According to the website, massage and hydrotherapy help develop “reading and respecting cues - becoming acquainted with the behavioral states and cues of your baby." Additionally, the spa offers “quality bonding time for parent and baby via interaction, relaxation, observation and communication.”

If Australia is too far for you to travel to indulge your baby, there is a similar spa in Texas called Float Baby.

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Angela Windt(BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J.) -- One New Jersey woman gave birth two weeks early in her own home after not being able to make it to the hospital in time, but what made the unique delivery even more unusual was who delivered the newborn: a teenage EMT.

“I was a bit nervous because I have never delivered a baby before, but I was confident in my training and my crew,” Nicole Segalini, 18, an EMT with the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad, told ABC News. “I wasn’t scared, but I was definitely amazed at what we were doing.”

When mom Angela Windt, of Berkeley Heights, knew she wasn’t going to make it to the hospital, her husband, Paul, dialed 911.

“I was getting up out of bed to change to go to the hospital and my contractions started going and I felt her and knew this is not good,” Windt recalled of the harrowing experience on March 10. “I made it halfway across the bedroom floor and looked at my husband and said, ‘We’re not going to make it.’ He laid me down on the floor and got some towels down. I said, ‘Call 911,’ and he was cool as a cucumber. That was the great part.”

Luckily, the volunteer rescue squad arrived within five minutes of the call for a smooth, safe delivery.

“They started to buckle me into the stretcher to take me to the hospital and I reached down to unbuckle the ankle things and said, ‘Oh no, you can’t. She’s coming,’” the mom explained. “They looked down and right then she crowned and they said, ‘This baby is coming right now.’”

Segalini acted as “the catcher” as the rest of their team coached and assisted her through the birth.

“This wasn’t a one-person job,” the humble teen said of the incredible learning opportunity. “I was lucky to have the opportunity to catch, but this was a job built around teamwork.”

Baby Ava Sharon was born with 30 minutes of Windt’s water breaking.

Mom and baby are both healthy and happy.

“She’s doing great. She’s doing really well,” Windt said of her new bundle of joy.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Next month, viewers of Sesame Street will be introduced to Julia, a Muppet with autism.

The new character with red hair has been present on digital properties and printed works for some time. Now she'll get her TV debut in April.

On Sunday the show posted videos to the HBO site and YouTube, introducing Julia to the new medium. Julia sings "Sunny Days" with her friend Abby Cadabby.

She also plays the "Boing Boing Tag" game with Abby.

Sesame Street senior writer Christine Ferraro told 60 Minutes that the character was complex because "autism is not one thing, because it is different for every single person who has autism."

She added, "When [children] encounter [someone autistic] in their real life it’s familiar. And they see that these — these can be their friends too."

Clips from her debut show depict Julia in normal situations, where she might not answer a new friend right away, but someone who knows Julia explains the situation to the other characters.

The other Muppets and children do not shun Julia for being different. In fact, they welcome her with open arms. Stacey Gordon, the mother of a son with autism, will be the puppeteer for Julia.

"[This] means that our kids are important enough to be seen in society. Having Julia on the show and seeing all of the characters treat her with compassion ... and like her," Gordon told 60 Minutes. "Had my son’s friends been exposed to his behaviors through something that they had seen on TV before they experienced them in the classroom, they might not have been frightened. They might not have been worried when he cried. They would have known that he plays in a different way and that’s OK."

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iStock/Thinkstock(BOCA RATON, Fla.) -- One student at Boca Raton Community High School has created a new student group called "We Dine Together" so that no student has to eat alone at lunch.

Denis Estimon immigrated to the U.S. from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, when he was in the first grade.

"There was a language barrier ... and my mom was always working and my father was still in Haiti at the time so I wasn't able to talk to anybody," Estimon told ABC News. "I felt isolated. I felt lonely. And so I still remember how I felt not being able to speak to fellow students."

The now-18-year-old high school senior, who's enrolled at the Florida school that has more than 3,000 students, decided that no student should feel how he once felt. So with the help of his English teacher, Jordan Hernandez, he created We Dine Together.

Denis Estimon created "We Dine Together," a student group at Boca Raton Community High School in Florida so no student has to eat alone.

Estimon said he got the idea while talking to his mentor at an after-school program called Propel.

"At Boca High, if you look at the cafeteria from a bird's eye view, on one side you’ll see more isolated kids, and on the other side you’ll see the football players," the student explained. "I told him it shouldn’t be this way. He challenged me to do something about it and that’s basically what I did."

Back in August, when the school year started, Estimon tapped three other students from different affinity groups to recruit students to gather every Tuesday in Hernandez's classroom. What started off with just 15 students has now ballooned to more than 80 students weekly.

"Our mission is to build relationships over the table," Hernandez, who's been teaching English at the school for four years, told ABC News. "We try to go out and find those who are ostracized or isolated and bring them into the club."

"It's a place where you are safe and accepted for who you are and for what you choose to be," he added.

The feedback from the students has been "tremendous," Estimon said.

Not only has it changed how students interact inside the school, but also how they behave at home. "Kids have been telling me they started to try and eat at home with their parents," he said.

Estimon, who is now applying to colleges where he'd like to study business, hopes that We Dine Together will grow to be present in every high school around the nation.

"Could you imagine what a different that would make?" he asked. "If we had relationships with people, then the things that are happening today wouldn’t happen."

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iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBIA, S.C. ) -- A South Carolina deputy's act of kindness brought a smile to a little girl's face.
Miyah Washington, 12, was building a snowman by herself when Chris Blanding of the Richland County Sheriff's Office stopped his patrol car and offered to help.

"I just thought that was so awesome that he would actually take the time out of his day and help [a] little kid in her yard," Miyah's mom DaVida Washington told ABC News. "I thought it was pretty cool and she did too, she was very excited."

She was fighting a cold on March 12 and was resting inside her home when her daughter, Miyah, went to play outside.

"Plus my white blood cells are low, so I can't be out in the cold," Washington said. "I've been under the weather for a couple of days so Sunday was one of those days I couldn't go out."

Miyah was trying to make a snowman when Deputy Blanding stopped by and asked if he could join the fun. She agreed and the pair posed for a picture, taken by her father.

Lieutenant Curtis Wilson of the Richland County Sheriff's Office told ABC News that Blanding, who was working on his regular shift that day, is an asset to the department.

"The Richland County Sheriff's Department believes in unity in the community and we want to show them we are just as human," he said. "[One] of the ways we do that is getting to know the people in the community where we are working to protect and serve."

Wilson said Blanding was unaware Washington had cancer until after she shared the image of him and her daughter on a local news organization's Facebook page.

Washington said she was thankful to Blanding for being kind to her daughter.

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Lyhoy Mansy(NEW YORK) -- A young boy who was paralyzed by a car accident is 'dancing' again.

Bruce Mansy, 7, of Fresno, California, was paralyzed from the waist down by a spinal cord injury that he suffered in a car accident on Sept. 17, 2016.

The accident happened while Bruce was riding in a car with his father, Samuel, and three siblings, who all suffered minor bumps and bruises.

The young boy was taken to Fresno Community Regional Hospital where after multiple tests he was diagnosed with a severe tear in his spine, his mother, Lyhoy Mansy, told ABC News.

"He’s no longer able to feel sensation or possibly have any motors skills [below the waist]," she said.

Bruce, now a 2nd-grader, also had to have surgery back in September for internal bleeding near his large intestine.

Doctors told the Mansy family that Bruce may never walk, run or dance again. He requires round-the-clock care.

"It’s definitely challenging," Lyhoy, 33, said, noting that she tends to her son's catheter every four hours.

Every night Lyhoy or her husband, Samuel, also 33, rotate their son in his bed every two hours "so he doesn’t have any pressure sores," she said.

Lyhoy heard from her older sister, Lykeav, Bruce's aunt, about Project Walk, a paralysis rehabilitation center in Walnut Creek, California, approximately three hours from their home.

The family began in December to take Bruce twice a week to the facility, where he does harness therapy, designed to stimulate and improve motor function below the waist, and other therapies.

A video of Bruce that is getting a lot of attention online shows the 7-year-old happily dancing during harness therapy.

"I feel excited when I go," Bruce Mansy told ABC News. "They put me on my feet and I can dance again. It makes me happy."

His mother said her son's excitement is the only reason why they continue to trek the three hours.

"He’s learning how to live with his condition," Lyhoy said. "Their goal is to focus below the injury, and they work with Bruce, saying, 'Look at your legs, kick, kick, kick!' They’re trying to stimulate his brain to find another way to eventually be able to move his body."

Bruce's mother said she hopes that her son will grow up without feeling constrained by limitations.

"Obviously, there will be certain things, but if he thinks he can't do it, then I hope he says, 'Let's just try it a different way,'" she said.

The mother of four said her and her son's faith keep her strong.

"Never once have you heard him complain or say, 'I can’t believe I’m not walking.' He’s still happy, and part of the reason why is because he still has that faith," she said. "Whatever God has planned, he’s going to be OK."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For almost two years now, a father and daughter have been sharing the journey of transitioning from mother and son.

Eric Maison, 39, began socially transitioning to become male in the fall of 2015, after his daughter Corey, 15, started her hormone treatment to become female. Maison's medical transition began in 2016.

"Corey's bravery definitely inspired me to come out as transgender," said Maison, a resident of Detroit, Michigan. "To see how courageous she is, despite all of the cruelty the world shows her at times, makes me so proud. I thought, 'If she can do this, so can I.'"

In June 2016, ABC News spoke with Maison (who then went by the name Erica) and daughter Corey to share the story about the transgender teen and her message against bullying.

Corey, then 14, was born with the same name but was assigned male sex at birth. Corey has been identifying as female since she was 2 years old, Maison said last June. Corey said she was inspired by transgender activist Jazz Jennings and saw a therapist who helped her transition from a boy to a girl. Jennings, who was assigned male sex at birth, stars in the TLC reality TV series "I Am Jazz," which documents her life as a transgender youth.

"We're not a threat," Corey wrote to ABC News in June. "We are just like any other kids. We only want people to accept and love us for who we are."

Maison said in June that Corey was bullied for being transgender when she was younger. The first incident was when a child pushed her down a hill covered in frozen ice, causing injuries to Corey's face. Eventually, Corey was moved to another school as a result of the bullying, Maison said.

Back then, the boys didn't speak to Corey. Today, they've accepted her as one of their peers.

Now, Eric Maison, who still goes by mom even though he now identifies as a male, is sharing his journey.

Eric Maison was assigned female sex at birth. He told ABC News today that he always knew in his heart that he was male. Like his daughter, Maison learned "what it meant to be transgender" after watching ABC's 2012 "20/20" special on Jennings, he said.

In 2007, Eric Maison married husband Les Maison. The pair have five children: Chelsea, 22, Corey, 15, Kailee, 14, Ellen, 9, and Willow, 6.

While he loves his children, Eric Maison did not enjoy being pregnant, he said.

"It was very hard not being comfortable in my own body, but not understanding why," Eric Maison said. "Especially when others would tell me how beautiful I was, or they wished they had the same body as mine. I always wished I had a different body."

Les Maison, 53, told ABC News that Eric Maison came out to him a year and a half ago.

"My reaction a first was a little bit of surprise," Les Maison said. "I was happy on one hand that, 'Here we go, somebody gets to live their life as who they are.' On the other side was, 'How does this impact myself, our relationship and my family?"

Les Maison said he didn't have suspicions that Eric Maison was transgender besides certain things he would say prior to his transition.

"[He] said, 'I wish I had just got breast cancer so I can have a double mastectomy,'" Les Maison recalled. "There was no other indicator other than he hated having large breasts. There was an ah-ha moment after [he] said something [about coming out], but it all seemed to make sense at that point."

On Feb. 21, Eric Maison underwent a double mastectomy.

"I am very happy I had breast removal surgery and am taking hormones," Eric Maison said. "I feel like a huge weight has been lifted, like I was carrying the weight of the world, and now I am free."

Eric Maison's procedure was performed by Loren Schechter, plastic surgeon director of the gender confirmation surgery program at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

"Surgery went well as expected and he's recovering well," Schechter told ABC News. "Top surgery is not simply for individuals who consider themselves male. It's also for individuals who consider themselves gender nonconforming or gender neutral. Oftentimes, people will put these tight compression wraps around their chests to hide their breasts when they're in public. Their goal can be to walk around the beach, pool or at home as well, without wearing a top. If they have breasts and it's a source of dysphoria, that makes it difficult or impossible for them to do."

Schechter said he looks to the "Standards of Care" (SOC) established by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health before performing gender confirmation surgery on a person. The protocols include offering primary care, hormonal treatments, mental health services, voice and communication therapy, and additional assistance before the patient can undergo surgical transition.

Eric Maison was considered a good candidate based on this SOC, Schechter said.

"Much of the [SOC] is designed to make the individuals aware of all the options that are open to them," he added. "And what are social implications in terms of family, friends, work? It's to guide them through the process and to aid with their transition, to ensure people are exploring and considering the various options to them."

As for Les Maison, he is happy Eric Maison has taken the steps to live an authentic life and supports the decision 100 percent.

"If nothing else, it's made our relationship stronger, it's made it better," he said. "The biggest misconception in terms of the question [is], 'Does this now make me gay?' No, it doesn't. Gender is who you go to bed as. Sexual preference, which is completely different, is who you go to bed with. He's had top surgery. He doesn't plan to have bottom surgery.

"Even if he did, we made the decision a long time ago that no matter what, we were going to make this work," Les Maison added. "We decided whatever path was placed before us, we would walk down that path together. The only people that have to be happy, in my opinion, are people in my house and people we care about, and in our close circle of friends and family."

When asked about his hopes for the future, Les Maison said he wants acceptance for Corey and Eric Maison most of all.

"They have more courage than I do," he said. "It takes an awful lot to break away from societal norms to live your life as who you are or at least who you identify as. This isn't a choice that they're making. This is the way they're born. The education is important. If you can educate yourself, then all that lack of knowledge becomes knowledge."

Eric Maison said he's thankful that his husband and all five children love him the same -- especially Corey, who knows firsthand what her mom is going through.

"[Corey] said that she understands what it's like to live in the wrong body, and is so thankful I was able to transition into the correct one that aligns with my gender identity," Eric Maison said.

"I am most looking forward to continue the second half of my life living my truth, and living as my authentic self," he added. "For anyone afraid to come out, please find someone you can trust to talk to. Find a support group either locally or online. There are so many people like me who will help you, and protect you."

ABC News was unable to find data on how common it is for multiple people in one family to transition.

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