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ABC News(LAWRENCEBURG, Ky.) -- Leah Briemer was recently flipping through old family photos at her Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, home, reliving old memories. Briemer can attest that life’s best moments can’t be taken for granted.

“Our ‘Leah may not be here next year’ picture,” Briemer said, holding a photo of herself taken in 2015. “That was not a good Christmas.”

Just weeks before that photo was taken, Briemer, a widowed mother of two and a former nurse, was given what she said felt like a death sentence.

“I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer,” she said. “I had about two or three weeks to live without treatment.”

Briemer was lucky. She was able to start a targeted treatment for her cancer immediately.

“I had some more scans done in February of last year and they found that I was extremely fortunate that the treatment had really worked,” she said.

It was a renewed chance at life, but the treatment is very expensive. Even though it was covered by Briemer’s health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, there’s a chance it might not be an option for her in the future.

“If I didn’t have health insurance, I wouldn’t be alive today,” she said. “I’m on an every three week regimen of medications … that’s about $40,000 a month … so I’m very concerned about the issues that are taking place right now.”

Briemer is one of the millions of Americans who are insured under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Former President Obama announced in March 2016 that an estimated 20 million Americans had gained health insurance since ACA was signed into law six years ago.

But now with the new administration and a Republican-led Congress, the program could be in its last days because current lawmakers say they can come up with a better health care plan.

Much of the criticism of the ACA program are its high premiums. But Briemer’s home state of Kentucky, the land of bluegrass, bourbon, horse racing and coal mining that went for Trump this past election, has been held up as an example of Obamacare’s success.

Since the Affordable Care Act became law, there has been a startling drop in the uninsured rate in Kentucky. Some areas have gone from 20 percent to just 5 percent uninsured. Much of that is credited to the law’s Medicaid expansion, which provided some half million low-income Kentuckians with coverage since 2013.

Whitesburg, Kentucky, is a quiet town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains and close to the Virginia border – coal country. It has a population of 2,100 and a deep history of hard work and perseverance.

“Around here you keep a job and you do as they say no matter what because you’ve got to work to survive,” said Mike Taylor, a former coal truck driver.

Coal has been at the heart of the local economy for generations, but it’s also the root of health issues for many.

Taylor was diagnosed with “Black Lung,” a deadly lung disease caused by breathing in coal dust, in 2015. He is on three different inhalers and uses an oxygen tank and a nebulizer machine.

When he gained insurance through the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, he began seeking regular care at Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation, a community clinic where his physician, Dr. Van Breeding, also happens to be his old high school classmate.

“These people need care,” said Breeding, a primary care physician. “I take care of classmates of mine everyday … people who I went to kindergarten with who are disabled now, who can’t work. So imagine you’re 55 years old and you’re worn out.”

“And these are the people who have been helped by the Affordable Care Act and these are the people who we can’t turn our backs on,” he added.

Breeding believes the ACA is crucial to the health of his community. His father was a coal miner, he said, so he is all too familiar with the toll Black Lung disease can take.

“We're seeing that it's a political war over health care and the collateral damage is the patient's health and life and the quality of life,” Breeding said. “Change the name if ‘Obamacare’ is offensive to Republicans, change the name, and call it what you will, but provide these people who are desperate, and I mean desperate, desperate for some type of health care.”

Taylor said the health insurance he has under ACA not only saved his life, but also helped his brother-in-law and his former coworkers.

“It’s a good thing to have it. The insurance,” he said. “I think they just need to reform it.”

The success of the ACA in Kentucky in due in part to robust outreach programs. Kelly Oller is one of many outreach workers dispatched across the state to educate and enroll follow Kentuckians in health insurance.

“I like helping people and then signing people up and seeing the joy on their faces when they get affordable insurance,” Oller said.

As a Trump voter, Oller is an unlikely evangelist for Obamacare. She said she has signed up more than 1,000 people in the last three and a half years. But as open enrollment for Obamacare coverage for 2017 drew to a close on Jan. 31, Oller knows its future was unclear.

Before the January deadline, Oller tried to enroll Danny Lock, who said he hadn’t had health insurance for several years and credited simple luck for having never gone to the hospital. But at the end of his application process, the ACA’s enrollment website was showing he would owe premiums of almost $400 a month.

“Nobody can afford that,” Lock said.

This issue is happening not just in Kentucky but across the country. For many Americans like Lock, Obamacare premiums are simply too expensive.

“I’ve seen the hurt and disappointment of not being able to obtain insurance when his whole life he always had insurance through employment,” Oller said. “He's not able to afford signing up for coverage, and that really hurts my heart.”

Fixing the high premiums in Obamacare is one of the changes Oller was hoping for when she voted for President Trump.

“I thought he was looking to repeal it to make it better, to make it more affordable and to make premiums hopefully go down and be balanced,” she said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen now.”

So far there have been few specifics from the White House or Congress on changes coming to the health care system, leaving people anxious about the future of their coverage.

Last week, a cacophony of concerned voices around the country, from Kentucky to Arkansas to Florida, cried out at town halls, demanding answers from their Republican leaders on affordable health care options.

In Kentucky, one of the law’s most vocal critics is the state’s current governor, Matt Bevin. His predecessor, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, embraced the ACA. So when Bevin, a Republican businessman and retired U.S. Army captain, took office in 2015, he began focusing on dismantling the state version.

“I thought it was a disaster from the beginning. No question,” Bevin said. “One size does not fit all in anything, certainly not in something that is as critical as health care that is necessary for people to have access to.”

Bevin criticizes the high costs of Obamacare and is a staunch opponent of federal mandates. Currently, under the ACA program, people who can afford health insurance but choose not to buy it must pay a fee.

“Let's say you're a single parent and you're making $30,000 a year,” Bevin said. “[You’re] required to have health care coverage now under the Affordable Care Act. Do you really think that you can afford to pay $6,000 in after tax dollars for your health care for you and your family? No.”

Bevin said a lot of the fear from the public over losing their coverage at all is “ungrounded in reality.”

“There's nobody in America that I'm aware of, certainly no governor, Republican or Democrat, certainly nobody in the federal administration at the congressional level that I know of that is looking to make people less able to avail themselves of the health care system,” he said. “Everybody's looking for a solution.”

Bevin’s main argument echoes the voices of many Republicans in that health care should be handled at the local level, without mandates from Washington.

“I say trust the governors,” he said. “I say give control to the governors and the legislatures within each respective state.”

It’s those federal mandates that Bevin says have led to “less than desired” results in his state.

“Simply having health insurance does not make you healthier,” he said. “If you have a Medicaid card, but you can't find a doctor that will see you, how does that Medicaid card help you? You can't eat it. It's not vitamins. I'm being a little facetious. But truth be told a piece of plastic doesn't make you healthier.”

Bevin is proposing controversial changes to the state’s Medicaid expansion program. His plan includes having Medicaid start charging a small monthly premium for coverage of “able-bodied adults” -- coverage that is now mostly free -- and it would also allow the state to cut off Medicaid coverage to those who don’t pay the premium, which he called a “lockout” provision. Bevin also proposed that his plan would offer the opportunity for people to earn “credits,” which could be obtained through volunteering and could be used toward other benefits, such as dental and vision coverage.

But critics of the plan say this is yet another barrier for a population that is already struggling.

“They're barely getting by on what they do have,” Dr. Van Breeding said. “To create more barriers is going to cause them to have worse health than they have."

“We already have some of the most unhealthy people in United States in this area and a lot of it is because they're too proud to take a handout or to take free care,” Breeding continued. “And when they got insurance now they have legitimate health care, legitimate insurance. They've come in and not only come in for health problems but preventive measures.”

As the country waits for a full picture of what’s to come next, many like Leah Briemer fear they may lose the safeguards that have protected them, such as coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

“Of course I worry about if my cancer were to come back what would happen, but now I have to add to that what would happen if I lose my health insurance,” she said. “My daughter’s 18. She’s graduating from high school. I need to be here for my daughter. Help her get through college. Help her have a wedding. See my grandchildren be born."

She went on, “When something’s working for so many people and you decide you’re going to take it away. And you say it’s horrible, it’s not working for anyone, even though it is, yeah that’s playing politics with my life and many others."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Every year Americans adopt new diet trends, from the juicing craze to gluten-free diets, and each new fad promises health benefits such as weight loss and higher energy.

But, as specific diets become more popular, doctors wanted to assess whether they would help the one part of the body that carries the most risk for both men and women in the U.S.: the heart.

In order to get a better sense of which diets were the most heart healthy, researchers examined more than 25 peer-reviewed studies and published their findings today in a new report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

"There is sort of mass confusion about what foods are healthy or not healthy," lead study author Dr. Andrew Freeman, Director of Cardiovascular Prevention and Wellness at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado, told ABC News.

"When you take the time to weigh through the data and the evidence it becomes clear," he continued. "Human beings haven’t changed all that much in the last many, many years."

Researchers from 12 institutions, including George Washington University School of Medicine and National Jewish Health, analyzed the studies —- which together included tens of thousands of participants –- in order to determine what types of foods appear, given currently available research, to help the heart.

After an in-depth review of the scientific data, researchers found the most heart-healthy diet includes foods like extra-virgin olive oil, antioxidant-rich berries, green leafy vegetables, plant-based proteins, nuts in moderation and can include lean meats. To cut down on cholesterol, the study authors suggest limiting or eliminating coconut and palm oils, which are high in saturated fatty acids, and eggs, which raise the level of cholesterol in the bloodstream.

"Dietary requirements haven’t really changed," Freeman continued. "The diet that is most cardioprotective is mostly plant based ... predominantly fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and limited amounts of animal products if any."

However, Dr. Keith Ayoob, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, who was not involved in the studies, says that diet issues are rarely so black and white and that doctors need to approach each patient’s diet in a more holistic manner.

"When you’re talking about dietary cholesterol, sometimes I get more concerned with the companion foods. What kind of company are those eggs keeping?" Ayoob said. "Do you eat them plain boiled, fried in butter, cooked with olive oil?"

Simply relying on advice like eating in moderation is too vague, Ayoob added, and can mean different things for different people. He said patients should be given more guidance about exactly how to eat healthy.

"I think the idea of moderation is more of a mantra," Ayoob said. "But I think we would do well to define it a little bit better."

In addition to looking at the benefits of specific foods, researchers looked for evidence that recent popular diets to limit gluten or consume vegetables and fruits via juicing were heart healthy. Researchers found that the process of juicing fruits and vegetables with pulp removal actually concentrates the sugars more, making it easier to ingest more calories than needed. Adding sweeteners such as sugar or honey also increase caloric content of juices. The researchers found that the data regarding juicing where the pulp is retained is inconclusive for determining whether it provides harm or benefit for heart health.

"There are things that you’re going to have in the whole fruit that you can’t get into the juice," said Ayoob. "Also the other side is to remember that your gut is a great juicer, it just works more slowly. Let your teeth and digestive tract do what it’s supposed to do. And the fiber in fruits and vegetables is critical to a healthy diet."

Another trendy diet that was evaluated is a gluten-free diet, which has been proven to be a good treatment for patients who have gluten-related disorders such as celiac disease, wheat allergy, and nonceliac gluten sensitivity.

But only about 1 in 141 Americans have celiac disease, according to the National Institutes of Health. However, according to a Gallup poll in 2015, one in five Americans actively tries to avoid gluten in their diets. Researchers say there is no evidence that a gluten-free diet helps with weight loss in healthy individuals and some studies even show weight gain on a gluten-free diet. Gaining weight to the point of obesity is significantly associated with increased risk of heart disease.

"Our message here is if you are gluten sensitive, allergic, or have celiac disease, you should avoid gluten," says Freeman. "Otherwise gluten is not necessarily the enemy."

The studies reviewed in the analysis published today have a few limitations: Some of the foods and trends have not been studied over as long a time as others, there can be a "complex interplay" between nutrients in individuals and the lifestyle habits of the people included may have had some effect on their heart health.

For those searching for a heart-healthy diet, Freeman has some simple advice.

"If people want to eat animal products they should limit it as much as they’re willing, especially if they have risk factors for heart disease," he said. "For my patients I try to get them to go as low as they’re willing."

Ayoob agrees with increasing fruit and vegetable intake in the general population, but cautions against telling people to strictly eliminate certain foods from their diets. "Because a diet, no matter how nutritious," he says, "is only nutritious if people stay on it."

The author of this article, Dr. Joyce Park, is a New York-based dermatologist at NYU Langone Medical Center and resident in the ABC News Medical Unit.

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Slinky Photography Studio/ YORK) -- Nothing is sweeter than a sleeping baby, except when that baby is curled up inside a mold of their mom’s pregnant belly.

Amy Knowles, a photographer in New Zealand, captures these precious moments on camera.

She started offering the maternity casting photos last year and they quickly became popular.

“Maternity casting is not my idea. Body casting as an art form has been around for centuries,” Knowles, of Slinky Photography Studio, told ABC News. “I found during newborn sessions I would pose babies in bowls or other small supportive containers to replicate how comfortable and relaxed they felt when they were in the womb. It seems only natural that the shape of their mama's belly is the perfect place for them to sleep for those early days portraits.”

She said the casting process takes less than 45 minutes in total, and she can include the full torso or just the bump itself.

Then the babies are photographed anywhere from seven to 14 days after they’re born.

“At this stage they are still sleepy and happy to curl up into the sweet fetal positions you see in the images,” Knowles said.

The end result is a cuddly photo captured for the parents to enjoy forever. Knowles said some of her moms even like to hang the belly mold in their baby’s nursery.

“Pregnancy is so different for everybody and some ladies struggle to love their heavily pregnant bodies,” she said. “I know though that in just a couple of weeks, they will be back at my studio cradling their precious baby and the mother will have a new love and respect for her body and what it's been able to do.” 

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One in five Americans may now have legal access to marijuana but a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says that doesn't mean they should use it.

"Marijuana is not a benign drug," the report says, "especially for teens."

It further states that teenagers' brains are still developing, and marijuana can cause "abnormal and unhealthy changes" and put them at risk for addiction, depression and psychosis.

The doctors behind the report say parents should not use the drug around their children.

Marijuana has changed in the past few decades. It's now more concentrated, increasing the risk, the academy says, of overdose and addiction.

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Erika Proctor(NEW YORK) -- Meet Darla. She's a therapy chicken, helping to educate people on treating animals more humanely.

Finn Proctor, 7, adopted the silkie chicken when she was just three weeks old from a farm. At the time, she looked very ill, Finn's mother Erika Proctor told ABC News.

"My son had found her ... looking very, very sick and he didn't want to leave without taking her home," Proctor explained.

So the Troy, Virginia, family decided to adopt Darla, who is now 2, along with two other chickens, who didn't survive.

Proctor, who is also the founder of a nonprofit organization that focuses on training therapy animals, Green Dogs Unleashed, said that after seeing how sweet Darla was, they decided to train her to be a therapy chicken.

"Darla is just so friendly, we started using her to do humane education," she explained. "We’re able to teach others about the care of animals and compassion for animals and how chickens can be pets too."

The mother of two added, "Chickens are more than food."

Proctor said that she and her son are passionate about teaching with Darla because "humane education is something that's really lacking in our school system."

"We’re able to go into schools, and camps and talk to kids about compassionate care," she added.

Adopting Darla has changed the family completely, even helping them become vegetarians.

"It's brought a whole new level of compassion. There's now 25 chickens and they all have names, they all have personalities. They're our pets," she gushed.

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Creatas/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

There’s no doubt that childbirth is one of the most miraculous abilities of the human body. But when you leave the hospital after delivery, you should expect that there are going to be some major body changes taking place.

For one thing, you’re still going to look pregnant. The skin, muscles and tissues inside your belly will still be stretched out. You may even have some broken blood vessels on your face or around your eyes.

But what about this concept of your body bouncing back? I think we need to change our paradigm here. It’s not about your body being the same, it’s about optimizing the differences. You’ve just grown a human, after all.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus said the Republican Party cannot compromise on its promise to fully repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.

"We didn't tell the American people we're going to repeal it -- except we're going to keep the Medicaid expansion," Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday.

"We didn't tell the American people we're going to repeal it -- except we're going to keep some of the tax increases that some are talking about. We told them we were going to repeal it and replace it with a market-centered, patient-centered plan that actually brings back affordable health insurance," Jordan said.

Stephanopoulos asked Jordan to respond to Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, Jordan's home state, who appeared Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" and said, "I think there are some very conservative Republicans in the House who are going to say just get rid of the whole thing. And, you know, that's not acceptable when you have 20 million people, or 700,000 people in my state. Because where do the mentally ill go? Where do the drug-addicted go?"

"Sounds like he's talking about you. What's your answer to your governor?" Stephanopoulos asked Jordan.

"Remember what the American people were sold," Jordan said. "They were sold a bill of goods on this thing. I tell people, they were sold a Caribbean cruise and they got the Titanic."

Obamacare has "all these mandates, all these regulations," he continued. "If [people] don't buy it, they're going to get penalized ... That's what Americans are living under now."

Jordan said the GOP-led Congress should "put on President Trump's desk the exact same plan we put on President Obama's desk just a year and a half ago."

"And you're confident you have the votes for that?" Stephanopoulos asked.

"We better have the votes for that because that's what we told the people, and I'm confident President Trump wants to do that," Jordan said.

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WFAA(NEW YORK) --  Patrick Edmond walks about 12 miles nearly every day just to get to work.

The 52-year-old, who lives in Plano, Texas, works at a Braum's -- an ice cream shop and burger restaurant -- in McKinney, Texas. Though he usually gets a ride back home from work, he has to walk over a bridge and along several highways to get there.

Though the two-and-a half-hour commute might dishearten many, Edmond said he actually loves and appreciates the long walk. He keeps a positive spirit.

"Some people drive, some people ride bicycles -- and I happen to walk," he told ABC affiliate WFAA in Dallas. "I would love to have a car, but the car don’t make the person."

Edmond said that, during his commute, he likes to reflect and think about the people he has encountered and the experiences he has gone through.

On Feb. 18, a police officer met Edmonds and was touched by his story.

The officer encountered Edmond walking along a highway in McKinney after a caller reported seeing him and expressed concern for his safety, according to Sgt. Ana Shelley, the public information officer for the McKinney Police Department.

"The officer found him, asked if he was OK and offered him a ride," Shelley told ABC News. "Through the course of the ride, they chit-chatted a bit, and the officer was impressed with his work ethic and positive attitude despite having to walk two and a half hours to work almost every day."

 The McKinney Police Department posted about the inspirational encounter on Facebook, saying that the officer believed "everyone should know about Patrick [Edmond]."

The Facebook post has received more than 6,200 reactions and has been shared more than 1,100 times as of this afternoon.

LoEster Posey, Edmond’s aunt, told WFAA that she was shocked when she saw the post on her social media feed, because she hadn't seen Edmond in years.

Posey said that Edmond had closed himself off a few years ago after going through "a lot of hard blows in life."

"He took nobody's phone calls," Posey said.

Edmond's parents died just a few years apart, she said, and his best friend died of a drug overdose. For a while, she said, Edmond also struggled with addiction.

On Tuesday, Posey found Edmond along his walk and offered him a ride.

After years apart, the two shared an emotional reunion in Posey's car.

"I’m so proud of you, Patrick," Posey told Edmond with tears in her eyes.

Edmond told WFAA he usually does not accept many rides, but this one with his aunt was much needed.

"It’s wild. It’s humbling," he said.

 The 52-year-old was reminded that he has family just around the corner and that he's not alone, WFAA reported.

Braum's, the restaurant chain where Edmond works, told ABC News in a statement that Edmond "is a hard-working and dedicated employee" who has been with the company for almost a year.

"He always has a smile on his face and a jump in his step," Braum's said. "We cannot say enough about Patrick. His commitment to his work is remarkable and we commend him. We look forward to what the future has in store for him."

The company said it was only made aware of Edmond's commute to work, on foot, this weekend, after his story aired on a local news station.

"Once we learned about his situation, we began looking into the matter with our management team in the area," Braum's said. The company learned Edmond previously worked at a store in Plano, Texas, where he lives, but after he was offered a promotion to work at the store in McKinney, he transferred.

"During his interview for the new position, he was asked if he had reliable transportation and he informed the district manager that he did," Braum's said. "We take the health, safety and well-being of our employees seriously. So, [Edmond] was offered a chance to transfer back to a store in Plano with his promotion intact."

However, Edmond "is so excited about his new position that he has elected to continue working in McKinney," the company said.

"You just got to get up and keep going, keep walking," Edmond told WFAA.

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Steve Granitz/WireImage via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Despite being nominated for an Academy Award, Natalie Portman won't be attending the ceremony Sunday.

A rep for the actress told ABC News that the Jackie star would like to attend the show, but can't because of her pregnancy.

The Oscar winner and her husband Benjamin Millepied announced they were expecting their second child last September. They are already parents to a 5-year-old son.

"Due to my pregnancy, I am unable to attend the Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards," the statement read. "I feel so lucky to be honored among my fellow nominees and wish them the most beautiful of weekends."

Portman was nominated for best lead actress for her role as Jackie Kennedy in the historical film, Jackie. In the film, she details the former first lady's life a week after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy.

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Tannin Pease(NEW YORK) -- A grandmother got the surprise of her life Saturday when her son and daughter-in-law revealed they were expecting -- just two days before the baby was born.

Tannin Pease of Roy, Utah, captured the moment when his mom, Carolynn Pease, learned she was going to be a grandma for the 11th time.

"Speechless," Tannin Pease told ABC News of his mother's reaction. "You see it in the video but ultimately, it was better than I expected. I thought she was going to hit me, but she turned around and hit my dad and kind of laughed it off."

After Tannin, 30, and his wife Katie Pease, 26, learned they were expecting their third child, they decided to wait to tell friends and family until they found out the baby's gender. The couple had two miscarriages after the birth of their second child so this time didn't want to share the news too soon, Katie Pease told ABC News.

"We had already been through two miscarriages where we told people we were pregnant and then we had to tell them we weren't anymore," Katie said. "That was heartbreaking and we didn't want to have to go through that again, so it helped waiting so long."

Except for telling Katie's close family and one or two friends, the couple kept quiet about the pregnancy. As Tannin's family lives in another state, Montana, he said it wasn't too difficult keeping the secret.

"We Skyped them every once in awhile, but we just made sure to keep the belly out of the picture and keep the two grandkids the center of attention," Tannin said.

Both Tannin and Katie changed their Facebook settings so all tagged photos required approval before being posted. Katie also wore baggier clothes than normal and "stayed home a lot," she said.

Katie had a scheduled induction Feb. 19, which happens to be the birthday of Tannin's mother, Carolynn.

When on Feb. 18, Carolynn visited her son and daughter-in-law, Tannin met her at the door to tell her that not only was she going to have another grandchild, but the baby would come a day or two later.

Tannin's dad, Jeff, had learned of the pregnancy during the fifth month, but to Carolynn, it was a wonderful surprise.

"When we Skyped and I saw [Katie's] face, I thought, 'Oh she stopped jogging. That's OK ... no judgment here," Carolynn, 57, told ABC News with a laugh. "I didn't really expect to hear anything this soon especially with the last miscarriage they had, which was traumatic. I was just completely floored. I feel really elated because they've a hard time and I was really excited for them. I thought the whole thing was very thoughtful to surprise me."

"[My mom] said to me that it was the best birthday present she's ever had and was super excited to be able to hold another grandchild," Tannin said. "She loved the surprise too."

He posted a video of his mom's reaction on Facebook with an announcement for the rest of their friends and family.

On Feb. 20 at 10:09 a.m., Saul Pease was born weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces. He joins big brothers Cooper, 4, and Gray, 2.

Katie Pease said their extended family and friends were shocked that the couple was able to pull off such a big surprise.

"A lot of people, they were wondering how on earth we did it," she said. "We had a couple of people say, 'Did you lock her up in a closet?' But it just worked out, I guess. People eventually saw us and a couple of pregnancy photos and a picture of the baby and were like, 'You really did it!'"

When grandma Carolynn was asked what she will do if one of her kids surprises her again nine months into a pregnancy, she said, "They won't. I am on alert."

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Jemal Countess/Getty Images(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- Former President George W. Bush's daughter, Barbara Pierce Bush, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for a Planned Parenthood fundraiser next week.

On Wednesday, Bush, 35, will headline Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas' annual Forth Worth luncheon, according to an announcement from the women's health organization.

The older Bush daughter has publicly supported Planned Parenthood, despite her father's pro-life history. In a June New York Times interview with Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, Bush referred to Planned Parenthood as "exceptional." 

Bush, the CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, was also spotted at a Paris fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in October.

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Remy Biase/Remy Photography(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) -- One thoughtful husband worked out with a fake pregnancy belly to better understand what it was like for his pregnant wife to head to the gym with him.

Kristin Milchuck, who is 9 months pregnant, heads to the gym every morning six days a week with her husband Blake Milchuck.

While the two were working out with their coaches at CrossFit Krypton in their hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia, last week, they decided to see if Blake Milchuck would sport a faux belly to really see what it's like for his wife at the gym.

So, Blake Milchuck strapped a 14-pound medicine ball to his belly using duct tape and began their work out, which included running, modified burpees, rowing and biking.

"It was different," Blake Milchuck, 26, admitted to ABC News. "You definitely feel the frontal load, so things that I can normally do pretty easily weren't as easy."

He added that his workout last week was "the highlight of that morning's workout." So much so that the gym shared a video of Blake Milchuck working out with his fake belly. It quickly went viral on Instagram with more than 18,000 people watching the hilarious video.

Blake Milchuck said it made him appreciate his wife, Kristin, 26, a bit more. And it helped her laugh, which "was the main purpose," he added.

He added that he's always thought his wife of two years "was a bada--. She gets up at 6 o'clock in the morning to work out with me every day and now she's 38 weeks pregnant and she's still doing it."

"It's different at times to understand where your wife is coming from with the pregnancy ... so doing something like this makes it a little bit more fun for her, which makes it fun for me," Blake Milchuck added.

The two, who are expecting their first child together in three weeks, have no idea whether it's a boy or a girl. They said they want to find out at the hospital.

Still, Blake Milchuck is looking forward to "just being a father. I don't think I have anything in mind. ... I'm excited."

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Courtesy Imoh Umoren(LAGOS, Nigeria) -- A 2-year-old boy lost his school's race after he ran over to hug his father instead of crossing the finish line.

Imoh Umoren told ABC News that his son, Imoh Umoren II, likely ran to him in his nursery school's race because that's the way they had been practicing all week.

"I would run along [with] him in the front yard," Umoren, of Lagos, Nigeria, recalled. "Of course I would always let him win and when it got to the main event he assumed it was going to be the same thing."

Instead, however, the independent film director went over to the parents' area to watch the toddlers' race.

Umoren, 34, said that when his son realized he wouldn't be running too he "was upset that I didn't run along with him."

"So spotting me, he was overjoyed and ran to me," the father continued. "Being the hugger that he is, he would usually end most races by running into my arms at home, so for him, it was a natural ending."

Umoren said he didn't mind that his son lost the race because he didn't cross the finish line.

"When he came to hug me, I was immediately teary because it showed me that sometimes love is actually the prize," he said. "As adults ... we need to be reminded that love and friendship are more important than winning trophies."

And his son did go home a winner. In a second competition, Imoh Umoren II came in third place.

For Umoren, his family means everything to him, especially sine he lost both of his parents at the age of 13.

"So I have always craved that relationship with a child and I couldn't wait to have my own family," the father gushed. "And I'm really trying to raise him right to be a gentleman and expressive."

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iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Three members of the University of Oregon football team were recently hospitalized following what’s been described as a “grueling workout.” We’re talking about something called rhabdomyolysis.

This type of injury involves muscle trauma or injury, which then causes a leaking of the main protein in muscles into the blood, which -- among other things -- can then cause a clogging of the kidney’s filtration system.

Here’s what you need to know about spotting and preventing rhabdo:

  • The signs are swollen, red, tender and hard muscles that are exquisitely painful, as well as a dark color to the urine.
  • Treatment is in a hospital setting with IV hydration and monitoring of kidney function.
  • Just go easy. No sudden increases in frequency or intensity and you’ll do just fine.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — The rate of fatal drug overdoses in the U.S. more than doubled since 1999, outpacing suicide and car accidents in 2015 as a cause of death, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC researchers examined data from the National Vital Statics System to see the effects of drug trends across the nation from 1999 to 2015.

Rates of fatal drug overdoses have dramatically increased since 1999, rising from 6.1 deaths per 100,000 people to 16.3 deaths per 100,000 in 2015, according to the CDC report.

That number is higher than the rate of death for suicides in the U.S., 13.4 deaths per 100,000, or the rate of death from car accidents, 11.1 deaths per 100,000 residents.

The overall number of deaths due to opioid overdoses quadrupled during the same time period, according to figures previously published by the CDC. Opioids killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, more than any year on record, according to the CDC, which estimates that 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.

Some 5000,000 Americans died from 2000 to 2015 as a result of the opioid epidemic, the CDC says.

People in all age groups were more at risk for dying from drug overdoses but those between their mid-40s and their 60s were hardest hit, according to the new report.

And despite persistent concerns over teens and young adults abusing drugs, middle-aged adults were the most likely to suffer a fatal overdose, according to the report.

People between the ages of 54 to 65 saw the biggest percent increase in fatal drug overdoses during the study period, rising nearly five-fold from 4.2 deaths per 100,000 to 21.8 deaths in 2015.

Americans between the ages of 45 to 54 had the highest rate of fatal drug overdoses overall in 2015, with 30 deaths reported per 100,000.

Dr. Caleb Alexander, a co-director for the Johns Hopkins Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness, said the report shows overdose deaths related to opioids are increasing at an "incredible rate"

"Each year I think it's hard to imagine it getting much worse and yet last year we had the highest number of deaths on record," Alexander said.

Alexander pointed out that the data highlighted how many people the drugs have impacted from across various age groups.

"Sometimes there's this perception that this is a problem of only teenagers or young adults and nothing could be further from the truth," Alexander said. "Middle aged and elderly adults are also being affected by the epidemic."

The deadly spread of illicit opioids were also reflected in the numbers. The percentage of fatal overdoses related to heroin more than tripled from 8 percent in 2010 to 25 percent in 2015. Synthetic opioids also took a heavy toll accounting for 18 percent of fatal overdose deaths in 2015 up from 8 percent in 2010.

But the increase was not all due to opioids, the percent of drug deaths from cocaine increased slightly to 13 percent in 2015 compared to 11 percent in 2010.

The percentage of overdose deaths due to natural and semisynthetic opioids — which includes prescription heroin drugs oxycodone and hydrocodone — decreased from 29 percent in 2010 to 24 percent in 2015.

In 2015 the states hardest hit by fatal drug overdoses were West Virginia with 41.5 deaths per 100,000 people, New Hampshire (34.3), Kentucky (29.9) and Ohio (29.9.)

Dr. Corey Slovis, chairman of department of emergency medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and medical director of the National Fire Department and National Airport, said the current drug epidemic is "the worst that I've ever seen it."

With opioid use increasing, Slovis said emergency services has had a hard time responding to all the overdose calls.

"It's that it's not just heroin anymore between the fentanyl [and] of the synthetic variants including carfentanil" an elephant tranquilizer, said Slovis.

Slovis said some illicit synthetic opioids can be 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin.

Fentanyl and Carfentanil, which was designed to be an elephant tranquilizer, has led in some instances to EMS personnel running out of the opioid antidote Narcan while treating a single patient, he said. Rather than use one or two doses they're using 10 doses to try and save a patient's life.

"When you use an elephant tranquilizer on a human, bad things are going to happen," Slovis said, explaining EMS personnel had to double the amount of Narcan they bring with them in the field.

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