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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 22 million more people will be uninsured by the end of the next 10 years under the Senate Republican health care plan than under current law, with 15 million more uninsured persons in the next year alone.

The number, which is only a slight improvement from the CBO's estimate of the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives in May, comes in the office's analysis of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, a draft of which was released last week.

The act, which faces opposition from Democrats and concerns from at least five Republicans in the Senate -- enough to block its passage -- could further result in a reduction of the cumulative federal deficit by $321 billion by 2026, largely due to cuts in Medicaid spending, according to the CBO's report.

A decrease in spending on Medicaid, estimated by the CBO to be a 26 percent cut by 2026 compared to projections under the current law, was a point of contention for a number of senators when the draft of the plan was released last week. The decrease would result in a 16 percent drop in enrollment for the government-funded program, according to the CBO.

A rollback of the expanded Medicaid programs that exist under current law in some states would hit the group of people earning just above the national poverty line the hardest, the CBO estimates.

Just under 40 percent of adults aged 30 to 49 years old who make under $24,000 (for an individual based on today's poverty line) would not have insurance by 2026 under the Senate bill, according to one figure in the organization’s report.

The analysis is the first for the Better Care Reconciliation Act, a draft of which was updated Monday. The CBO analysis reflects the revision that proposes a six-month waiting period for those who want to purchase new individual insurance but had a lapse in coverage of at least 63 days the year prior.

The Senate plan notably eliminates the individual mandate that taxed those who did not purchase insurance, though adds the waiting period for lapses as an alternate incentive for healthier individuals to buy insurance.

The CBO report states that a fair number of younger Americans would likely see their insurance premiums go down if they chose high-deductive, catastrophic coverage plans. Older Americans, or people who want to purchase higher-valued plans with lower deductibles or more extensive coverage, could see their premiums increase significantly.

The Republican plan allows states to apply for waivers from current standards and benchmarks for insurance plans. Through the waiver system, states could let insurance companies offer plans without baseline “Essential Health Benefits” (EHBs) -- maternity care and emergency services, among them -- and reinstate lifetime or annual caps that were banned under Obamacare.

The CBO estimates that about half of the country’s population would end up living in states with EHBs waived.

“People who used services or benefits no longer included in the EHBs would experience substantial increases in supplemental premiums or out-of-pocket spending on health care, or would choose to forgo the services,” the report states.

In a statement Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged that "the Senate will soon take action" on the bill, and focused on the estimated deficit reduction, tax cuts and lowered premiums estimated by the CBO.

"The American people need better care now, and this legislation includes the necessary tools to provide it," said McConnell in the statement.

The final CBO review of the American Health Care Act, the house's bill, estimated that 23 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026 than under the current law and that the federal deficit would be reduced by over $119 billion from 2017 to 2026.

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Lynn Brochu(HINESBURG, Vt.) -- A 4-year-old girl with limited mobility has a new set of motorized wheels, thanks to a high school inventor.

Miley Brochu was all smiles and pure awe recently when she got to take her powered mobility scooter for a spin around a classroom.

Rising senior Willem Hillier of Champlain Valley Union High in Hinesburg, Vermont, was the lead engineer on the science project, which called for fashioning the scooter out of a Power Wheels toy.

"Working on this project, it's for this girl here," Hillier told the Burlington Free Press. "She can't really walk, and so this is going to be her first opportunity to be able to move herself."

Hillier spent three months revamping the Power Wheels, utilizing a 3D printer, adding a better battery and rewriting the code for the joystick that helps Miley direct her mini-vehicle.

Therapists at the University of Vermont's Center for Disability and Inclusion I-Team assisted Hillier and the Champlain Valley Union team before connecting with Miley and suggesting her as a possible recipient. Miley is a survivor of Shaken Baby Syndrome, and was adopted by Phil and Lynn Brochu. She is unable to walk on her own.

I-Team physical therapist Tamra Yandow and occupational therapist Deb Sharpe said the newfound, independent mobility will be a game-changer for the young girl.

They also said it will give her a chance to practice getting around on her own as she awaits the arrival of her powered wheelchair.

"Kids who are unable to walk, if you give them the ability to independently move, then their other motor skills increase. Their social skills increase. Their play skills can increase," Yandow said. "It's good for their verbal and language skills. It just encompasses everything, if you give them that independence."

Olaf Verdonk, the team's robotics and engineering teacher, said other teams had now embarked on projects to help students with disabilities at the school.

"The big piece that this project tied in was empathy, and that's a big piece of the design thinking that doesn't really happen in most cases. ... That's been a really wonderful piece. ... It's no longer their [the students'] ego saying, 'This is the best idea,'" Verdonk said. "They actually have to think about the empathy piece, which is awesome."

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Victoria Thompson/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Christy Turlington Burns is one of the most successful models of all time.

She’s graced nearly 1,000 magazine covers, been the face of countless brands and cemented her ‘90s icon status when she appeared in George Michael’s music video for "Freedom."

This year alone, Turlington, 48, has modeled on the covers of French Vogue and Harper's Bazaar and in ad campaigns for Valentino and Tiffany.

"I learned all of the things I learned throughout that career because of the things that happened on the side, the trips and the places I got to visit and the relationships I got to form because of it," Turlington told ABC News’ "Nightline." "But the job itself -- it’s not very stimulating."

So at the height of her career, Turlington left modeling, pursued her masters in public health at Columbia University and directed a documentary. She said she ultimately found her calling as the founder and CEO of Every Mother Counts.

Since 2012, Every Mother Counts has provided over $4 million in grants, bringing essential pregnancy, birth and post-partum healthcare to mothers in eight countries, including Tanzania, Bangladesh, Haiti, Syria and the United States.

"It just became clear to me at a certain point that just talking is not going to do it alone," Turlington said. "I need to educate people about it. But then we also need to invest because every two minutes [a mother] is dying."

Turlington was inspired by events in her own life, beginning with the traumatic birth of her daughter Grace 13 years ago, when she suffered a post-partum hemorrhage.

"The experience was scary and painful," Turlington said. But, she was grateful to have professionals on hand who were properly equipped to care for her.

"I want women who choose to become mothers to have someone by their side that understands, that knows them," she said, "and who can recognize signs of complication and get them the care they need in a timely way."

"I want that for every mother."

Her mission became even clearer to her after a life-defining trip to her mother’s birth country, El Salvador. Turlington said seeing the mothers there and the challenges they faced really drove her to want to go back to school and study potential solutions.

"I think that's the beauty of this is that 98 percent of the deaths are preventable," she said. "98 percent of the complications that arise are also preventable. So there's so much that's possible."

"Nightline" traveled to Tanzania with Turlington on her 10th trip to the country to visit places like F.A.M.E, (Foundation for African Medicine and Education), a medical hospital which received a grant from Every Mother Counts.

Dr. Frank Artress and wife Susan Gustafson started the hospital in 2002. Thousands come to the hospital for state-of-the-art treatment. Nearly 500 babies were born in the maternity ward last year -- many of them with severe complications.

"When we first came here 11 years ago, there were three [doctors] for 240,000 people in the district of Karatu and, I mean, it was just crazy," Dr. Artress told "Nightline." "Now we have 11 Tanzanian doctors here and we know patients come in from all over."

For about $2.25, women can come to the hospital and receive a full prenatal care program where they get two ultrasounds, regular checkups and lab work, Artress said.

"We couldn’t have afforded it and they couldn’t have afforded it without Every Mother Counts," said Artress, "so it’s really been a giant boost for this program,” said Artress.

And when they leave, every mother is sent home with essentials they’d likely not receive anywhere else, like diapers, soap and a kitenga for the mother to carry her baby in.

"I think this is an exceptional, unique place. I think when they see the next clinic, they'll be able to compare more the reality of what I think would be accessible to people if they sought that care," Turlington said.

At the Makyuni Dispensary, a few hours away, the resources are so scarce that health workers often don’t have electricity during nighttime deliveries, forcing them to be done in the dark.

Every Mother Counts has partnered with an NGO called We Care Solar to provide 192 solar suitcases to rural health centers in Tanzania. The energy harnessed in the suitcases is used to power medical lighting, mobile communication and essential medical devices.

In February, to raise money for the mothers that inspired her in Tanzania and all over the world, Turlington ran the Kilimanjaro half-marathon alongside thousands of African runners.

"Every time I run thinking about women walking everywhere in Africa, women walking everywhere in Central America, walking because they have to ... Five kilometers for basic care ... It's just an unfathomable thing," said Turlington. "[Motherhood] is a sisterhood. I think it's the capacity to carry a life that unites women and girls. It's a powerful thing. It's the most powerful thing. It doesn't matter where you're from or what what you do, you’re worried about the same things."

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Republicans have released a revised version of their health care bill.

Senate GOP leadership hopes to hold a vote on the bill this week, before lawmakers head home for the Fourth of July recess.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- When it comes to weight loss, there is often a dispute on whether exercise or diet is most important.

ABC News’ Mara Schiavocampo sat down with obesity expert Dr. Louis Aronne and trainer Noah Neiman to tackle this topic for the first episode of ABC News’ new health and wellness podcast, Motivated.

There is no denying the positive effects of exercise, Aronne said.

“Exercise is key to good health. One of the most important things people can do to improve their health is exercise regularly,” he noted.

But when it comes to dropping pounds, your diet plays a major role.

“There is tremendous research that shows for the weight loss part itself, it's really what you're eating but once you [lose the weight] you need the exercise,” Aronne said.

He added that he tells his patients diet is key to losing weight but exercise is critical for maintaining your weight and overall health.

“You can't out-exercise a bad diet,” Neiman agreed.

Still, he argues losing weight is not all about diet and exercise -- it’s also about your mindset.

“I was 215 pounds at my heaviest ... I would go the gym and train for a physique,” he said.

“That’s the most baseless form of training. ... Train for a feeling, train for the emotional rewards, train for that belief in self,” he continued.

His advice is to do as much as you can with the time you have.

“It's not selfish to prioritize 20 to 30 minutes a day to do something," he said. "... Don't try to reinvent yourself overnight -- small systemic changes and you will end up being a stronger and healthier person."

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Rand Paul, one of the key Republicans senators in the ongoing health care battle, said on Sunday that his party has "promised too much" with trying to fix the health care system and assuring that the cost of premiums will be lowered.

“They've promised too much. They say they're going to fix health care and premiums are going to down,” Paul said on ABC News' "This Week" of his party's health care plan unveiled Thursday. "There's no way the Republican bill brings down premiums."

As an ophthalmologist with 20 years of experience practicing medicine, Paul argued, “Premiums have never gone down. They're not going to go down after the Republican bill."

Paul added, "And it's a false, sort of over-promising to say, 'Oh, yes, insurance premiums are going to go down but we're keeping 10 of the 12 mandates that caused the prices to go up.' It's a foolish notion to promise something you can't provide.”

As one of five Republican senators that announced opposition to the bill in its current form, Paul said he would consider voting for partial repeal of Obamacare, if there’s a stalemate, but argued the Senate bill “isn’t anywhere close to repeal.”

“What we can do is if they cannot get 50 votes, if they get to impasse, I've been telling leadership for months now I'll vote for a repeal," Paul said. "And it doesn't have to be 100 percent repeal. So, for example, I'm for 100 percent repeal, that's what I want. But if you offer me 90 percent repeal, I'd probably would vote it. I might vote for 80 percent repeal.”

Paul also proposed whittling down the current version of the bill to areas where Republicans have agreement, and tackling contentious issues later down the road.

“If there's dissent on Medicaid, why don't we come back in six months and say, you know what, let's work with Democrats,” Paul said. “I think there's a bill that all 52 Republicans agree on if they keep narrowing the focus.”

Republican Sen. Susan Collins, in an interview Sunday on ABC News' "This Week," said it’s “hard” for her to imagine the Senate health care bill passing this week.

As conservatives like Paul on the right say the bill doesn’t do enough to repeal Obamacare, moderates like Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, express concerns that the bill put forward by senior leadership would harm the nation’s most vulnerable.

“I want to wait to see the CBO [Congressional Budget Office] analysis, but I have very serious concerns about the bill,” she told ABC News' Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, referring to the non-partisan analysis of the legislation’s impact that is expected as early as Monday.

The Maine senator said she “respectfully” disagrees with White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway’s assessment that the Senate bill isn’t a “cut” to Medicaid.

“Based on what I've seen, given the inflation rate that would be applied in the outer years to the Medicaid program, the Senate bill is going to have more impact on the Medicaid program than even the House bill,” she said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(GULFPORT, Miss.) -- A 1-year-old boy diagnosed at birth with a rare genetic disorder isn't letting that -- or his stroller -- hold him back.

Josiah Washington can be seen in two videos that have gone viral walking out of his stroller as he tries to get his hands on toys at a local toy store in Gulfport, Mississippi.

The videos on Facebook have garnered more than 8 million views.

In the clips, Washington's parents laugh as they try to get him to step away from his prized possessions.

His mother, Kristian Washington, is excited that the videos of her little boy has gone viral. But most important to her is seeing her son, whom doctors said when he was born would never walk or hold a bottle, act like any other toddler.

Josiah Washington was born with a rare genetic disorder, and doctors are still testing to confirm his diagnosis.

"Originally, doctors were going with pyruvate kinase deficiency," Kristian Washington told ABC News.

It's an inherited disorder that affects red blood cells and causes shortness of breath and extreme fatigue, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

"He's what I call my 'miracle baby,' " the mother of two said. “He's reaching all his milestones. He's doing all of it. It's so shocking to us. That's why we record everything he does and take pictures."

Kristian Washington said no one believes her or her husband, Joshua, when they tell them about Josiah's diagnosis.

"He's the sweetest baby," she said. "He's always laughing. We never know when he's in pain. He's just so happy."

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Republican leaders unveiled what they called a "discussion draft" of their long-awaited health care bill, a part of the party's ongoing efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Five Republican senators have already come out in opposition to the Senate bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, jeopardizing its passage.

Critics on both sides of the aisle said the bill, which was drafted behind closed doors by a small group of Senate leaders and committee staffers, has been shrouded in secrecy.

Trump told reporters Thursday that there will be "a little negotiation, but it's going to be very good."

Republicans 'not ready' to support the bill

GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky released a joint statement saying, "Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor."

They added, "There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system, but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs."

In a separate statement, Paul said he'll oppose the bill "in its current form, but I remain open to negotiations."

"The current bill does not repeal Obamacare. It does not keep our promises to the American people," he said.

On Friday, Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., joined the group, saying at a press conference that "this bill is not the answer, it's simply not the answer."

"In this form, I will not support it," said Heller.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told reporters Thursday she has "not yet had the opportunity to read the text of the bill, and the details really matter."

"I see some positive features of this bill that are improvements over the House, and I see some negative features based on my first analysis," she said. "I don't like the provision that eliminates federal funding for Planned Parenthood. It makes no sense to single out Planned Parenthood from all the Medicaid providers. There's already a ban against using federal funds for abortions, so there's absolutely no need for that."

A vote from Collins, who has been willing to break from her party, would be key to ensuring the bill's passage.

Senate Republicans can afford to lose only two of their members to pass the bill, assuming Democrats remain united in their opposition.

Republicans acknowledge tough road ahead for bill

As members left a meeting about the bill, many said they were encouraged by their first impressions of the text but were hesitant to say if it would clear the 50 vote threshold for passage.

"There's a lot to digest. It's very complicated," Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said as he left the gathering.

Some Republicans said they liked how the Senate bill calculates the value of tax credits to help individuals pay for insurance.

While the House bill linked the tax credits to age only, the Senate bill considers age, income and geographical area.

"A person making about $12,000 a year will have more access and a lower cost of health insurance. And that's a really good thing," said Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.

But Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., a member of Senate leadership, acknowledged that the draft would not pass in its current form.

"Right now the challenge is, how do we get to 50?" he said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated that he wants to get a vote before the July 4 legislative recess.

Democrats and ACA supporters unhappy

The bill's release was met with significant opposition from Democrats and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act.

Under current law, all insurance plans have to include, at a minimum, specified essential health benefits, including ambulance service, hospitalization, maternity care and prescription drug coverage. Under the Senate bill, states would be allowed to apply for waivers from those regulations and essentially scrap them to write their own rules.

As the bill was being unveiled, a large demonstration formed outside McConnell's office, with people in wheelchairs staging a die-in and protesters chanting that no changes be made to Medicaid. Demonstrators were physically removed by Capitol Police officers.

Congressional Democrats were also forceful in their condemnation.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer slammed the Senate bill as "every bit as bad" as the American Health Care Act passed in the House.

"The president said the Senate bill needed heart. The way this bill cuts health care is heartless," Schumer said Thursday. "The president said the house bill was mean. The Senate bill may be meaner."

He continued, "The Senate Republican health care bill is a wolf in sheep's clothing, only this wolf has even sharper teeth than the House bill."

During her weekly press conference, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said it's important to stop the legislation, which she called "a tax bill disguised as a health care bill."

Top medical organizations call on the Senate to reject the bill

So far, the Senate health care bill has not gotten any backing from top health or medical organizations. The American Public Health Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology released statements urging the Senate to reject the Better Care Reconciliation Act and expressed concerns over the closed-door negotiation process.

"The Senate proposal represents a significant move in the wrong direction, resulting in fewer people having access to insurance, fewer patient protections and less coverage for essential behavioral health care," American Psychiatric Association's CEO and medical director, Saul Levin, said in a statement.

The American Public Health Association attacked the bill's closed-door shaping as "legislative malpractice."

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology said, "Despite numerous efforts to collaborate and provide input throughout this process, women's health expertise was rejected. It is reckless for legislation that will have such an immense impact on Americans' lives and the economy to proceed without opportunity for public hearings or any external commentary."

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Courtesy Wendy Freden(TYLER, Texas) -- A Texas teen celebrated her mother beating cancer last week by sharing triumphant photos from the day doctors told her she no longer had evidence of cancer in her body.

Cameron Stokes shared photos on Twitter of her mom walking out of Texas Oncology-Tyler in Tyler, Texas, while wearing boxing gloves -- and a huge smile on her face.

The photos quickly went viral, with more than 40,000 shares and over 200,000 likes.

Wendy Freden said she was recovering from hip surgery over Christmas when she discovered a lump in her breast.

"I was immobile, and just so happened to do a breast exam," Freden, 45, told ABC News, adding that she found a lump, but didn't possibly think it would be cancer -- especially since she had just had a mammogram nine months prior.

Still, on February 1 doctors diagnosed her with stage 1A multifocal invasive breast cancer.

Freden remembered thinking to herself, "Seriously? I just got back to work after being off for my hip surgery."

Part of Freden's job as a physician assistant is to educate women about the importance of doing self breast exams.

"Now, this just brings it to a whole new level," she explained. "I understand the fear. I’m upset. I’m scared. I’m anxious. But I have to view it as a journey for a higher purpose."

Three weeks later, Freden underwent bilateral surgery to remove the cancer, and also had three months of chemotherapy. On June 15, she was told by doctors she no longer had evidence of cancer in her body.

Traditionally, patients at Texas Oncology-Tyler ring a golden bell when they leave the hospital. But Freden had other plans, and put on boxing gloves, which were gifted to her.

"I never had any intentions of ringing that bell. I was going to punch it off the wall," Freden said.

MY MOM BEAT CANCER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (she wanted to punch the bell which is why she has gloves on LOL)

— cam (@cambusken) June 15, 2017

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Top Photo Group/Thinkstock(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) -- Like many brides, Kierstynn Foster Rozema chose to celebrate her wedding day with her family and friends. But she also spent it with the doctors who saved her life when she was diagnosed with leukemia as a teenager.

Rozema; her groom, Daniel Rozema; and their entire wedding party arrived in a white limousine and posed for wedding photos at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital last Saturday.

The Grand Rapids, Michigan, hospital is where Rozema, now 22, was treated for more than two years after being diagnosed at age 16 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Rozema’s father, Bret Foster, of Byron Center, Michigan, told ABC News that things seemed fine before her diagnosis, with Rozema attending two proms the week before. “She’d just been having headaches and some pain in her shoulder, just really odd things going on, and we ultimately scheduled a doctor’s appointment," Foster said.

Rozema’s doctor sent her to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, where she immediately began chemotherapy under the care of Drs. James Fahner and Beth Kurt.

“We know how incredibly difficult it is to have a teen’s life turned upside down overnight,” said Fahner, division chief of pediatric hematology and oncology at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. “Kierstynn went from doing all things teens normally to do being in our clinic and being exposed to heavy chemotherapy drugs.”

Rozema’s treatment continued into her freshman year at Hope College, where she met her future husband. Rozema completed her leukemia treatment in August 2013 and got engaged last year, the weekend before both she and Daniel Rozema graduated from Hope.

When it came time to plan her wedding, Rozema, who is overseas on her honeymoon and not available for comment, knew just what she wanted to do.

“She contacted her medical team here and said the day just wouldn’t seem complete without a stop to the hospital where she had so many caregivers -- and, really, extended family -- who cared for her,” Fahner said.

Fahner and Kurt, Rozema’s pediatric oncologist, welcomed the wedding party to the hospital and posed for photos in front of a mural in the hospital’s lobby, an area special to Rozema and her family.

“We spent a lot of time in that nook,” Foster recalled. “It’s where we congregated quite a bit if we weren’t in her room.”

Fahner said he and the hospital staff saw Rozema’s wedding day visit as a gift for them just as much as it was for Rozema and her family.

“There were lots of tears and lots of hugs and mostly lots of smiles, for sure,” he said. “To be part of the full circle of life for these remarkably brave people is a huge privilege.”

Fahner, who couldn’t attend Rozema’s wedding due to a scheduling conflict, said having a bride come to the hospital on her wedding day was also a first for him in his 28 years with the hospital system.

“We get invited to open houses and graduations, but I think this is a first for us,” he said. “There were lots of children and family members who were coming and going in the lobby, and I can’t imagine that couldn’t have been just an amazing source of inspiration for them too.”

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Hillary Hinrichs(ST. LOUIS) -- A St. Louis woman surprised her mother with the best birthday president ever: a delicious cake and the news she was going to be a grandma.

Terry Overfelt’s daughter, Hillary Hinrichs, shocked the entire family by announcing her pregnancy in a message written on her mother's birthday cake: “Happy birthday, ya stupid lookin’ grandma,” which she said is a joke within their family.

It took Overfelt a few seconds to process what the cake said while her entire family continued to sing “Happy Birthday,” but once she read the word “grandma,” she lost it.

Hinrichs was 10 weeks pregnant when she told her family the good news but said it was a “really hard secret to keep” because they’re all so close-knit.

“If I have the hiccups, I tell my family,” the excited mom-to-be said. “But we knew it would be more special with my grandma and aunts and mother-in-law and grandma-in-law all there. We knew it would be more special if everyone was there.”

The family was gathered in April to celebrate multiple people’s birthdays all within one week, so she knew it was the perfect opportunity to collectively catch people off guard for the celebration.

“We’re just so excited, and I’m so tickled to death at everyone’s facial expressions with the 'ugly cry' and everything,” Hinrichs, 30, said.

She knew her relatives would be paying close attention to the inscription on the cake because she had done a similarly quirky message on her brother’s fiancee’s birthday cake in January.

"I was reading the cake to see if everybody’s names made it, and when it said 'grandma' at the bottom, I was just undone," Overfelt said. "The message looks kind of crass, but because we are so close, it’s a term of endearment. When it ended in ‘grandma,’ that processing moment was hilarity and awe.”

Hinrichs’ sister was equally surprised at the announcement because she thought Hinrichs had been drinking beer the day before.

“My sister is super shocked because she thought I’d been drinking that whole Friday and weekend,” she said.

Hinrichs said her husband came up with the idea.

"Derek didn’t want anyone to know until everyone was in town on Saturday, so he filled up empty Coors Light bottles with Fresca," Hinrichs said. "It was his idea. I knew if anyone asked I wouldn’t be able to lie. We were just too excited. But I knew if I looked like I was drinking, that no one would ask.”

It’s safe to say the entire family was completely in shock, but for Overfelt, finding out she’s going to be a first-time grandmother on her birthday was literally the icing on the cake.

“I am so happy for her and for Derek,” Overfelt said of Hinrichs. “That this is going to break their hearts open in such new love. It’s great to think about this little person, this little girl coming our way. So now everything in the world that speaks of girls speaks of this new child coming. It’s really neat.”

The Hinrichs are expecting their baby girl to arrive Nov. 1, their third anniversary.

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iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- The Oklahoma attorney general has charged a 67-year-old doctor with five counts of second-degree murder, accusing her of prescribing excessive amounts of "dangerous" medications to patients "without legitimate medical need" and causing the deaths of at least five patients.

The charges were filed in the District Court of Oklahoma County against Regan Nichols, an osteopathic physician in Midwest City, Oklahoma, on Friday morning. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has accused Nichols of being involved in five deaths, all of which occurred between 2010 and 2013, according to the probable cause affidavit. The patients who died ranged in age from 21 to 55.

Reports from the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's office stated that all five of the deaths were the result of multi-drug toxicity, according to a press release from the attorney general's office.

Three of the individuals were allegedly prescribed "deadly" and "addictive" combination "cocktails," which included Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Alprazolam and Carisoprodol, according to the affidavit, which stated that all of the prescriptions were signed by Nichols.

Nichols also allegedly prescribed more than 3 million dosage units of controlled dangerous substances between Jan. 1, 2010 and Oct. 7, 2014, based on data gathered by agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control's Prescription Monitoring Program, according to the affidavit.

The attorney general also alleged that 10 of Nichols' patients died from overdoses during that time period. Nichols is being charged with five counts of second-degree murder.

After the September 2015 hearing, the Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners stripped Nichols of her ability to prescribe controlled dangerous substance for five years, according to court documents. She then voluntarily surrendered her credentials.

During the 2015 hearing, when asked if she thought she overprescribed, Nichols responded that she believed the patients had developed a tolerance to their medications.

Earlier that year, in a March 2015 interview with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, Nichols told investigators that she would "fire" or dismiss patients who did not comply with the office's drug screen policies, but she would "unfire" them or give them second and third chances if the abused drug was marijuana, according to the affidavit.

An Oklahoma County judge issued a warrant for Nichols' arrest on Friday. She will be held on $50,000 bond.

"Dr. Nichols prescribed extremely large quantities of controlled substances in suspect combinations, including the most abused and sought after drugs on the street, to numerous patients with very little medical examination or the establishment of a valid doctor-patient relationship and for no legitimate medical need," the probable cause affidavit states.

In a statement, Hunter said that "Nichols' blatant disregard for the lives of her patients is unconscionable."

"The dangers associated with opioid drugs have been well documented and most doctors follow strict guidelines when prescribing opioids to their patients," Hunter said. "Nichols prescribed patients, who entrusted their well-being to her, a horrifyingly excessive amount of opioid medications."

Nichols was not on law enforcement's radar until May 2014, when a concerned former patient reported her to authorities, according to the affidavit. The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control said it began investigating her in October 2014.

As of Friday afternoon, Nichols had not yet been arraigned, according to the Oklahoma County Court Clerk. An administrator at the Oklahoma County Jail confirmed to ABC News that she had not yet been booked.

ABC News could not immediately reach Nichols for comment, and it is unclear if she retained an attorney. Calls to her medical office were not returned and the phone there appeared to be disconnected.

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WPVI-TV(EVESHAM, N.J.) -- The newest member of the Evesham Police Department was sworn in on Thursday, and the rest of the force couldn't help but smile.

Four-year-old Chase Gilchrist has been battling a rare brain cancer and it was his dream to get to be a cop for the day, his family told ABC station WPVI-TV.

Officers in Evesham, New Jersey, helped make it happen, making Gilchrist an honorary member on Thursday.

WPVI reported that the boy's day started with a ride in a police car, where he got his own uniform and ID.

"Doesn't feel really comfortable when you're wearing a vest," Chase Gilchrist remarked after donning his uniform for the first time.

"Now that he's got the official shirt on and the official police car, he's going to go nuts. He's loving it," Chase's father, Scott Gilchrist, told WPVI-TV.

The newest member of the force also inspired his much-older colleagues.

"Many little kids want to be police officers. This one truly has it in his heart," Evesham Police Lt. Ron Ritter told WPVI-TV.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Dancing With the Stars pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd are amping up their workouts to get into wedding shape for their July nuptials and have turned it into a family affair.

Five-month old son Shai, whose name means "gift" in Hebrew, has joined in on the fitness routine. The new mom shared videos of Shai in her arms as an extra weight while doing sit-ups, lunges and other strength and conditioning exercises.

Murgatroyd, 30, and Chmerkovskiy, 37, who turned to trainer Tim Hartwig to help get them into tip-top shape for their big day, appeared on ABC News' Good Morning America and shared some of their favorite baby-bonding fitness moves.

"I think that it’s a great bonding activity for the whole family to do," Murgatroyd, founder of the lifestyle blog "All Things Fam & Glam," said on Good Morning America. "At first we didn’t have anybody to look after Shai so we just took him along and it just became an every week thing. We take him to the gym now and we bond together over there."

"I think if you introduce an activity like a gym, a workout at an early age, there’s nothing wrong with that," Chmerkovskiy added.

The Dancing couple shared some easy moves with GMA for parents and couples to try for their next workout.

Three couple workouts with baby

1. Squats with your partner and baby: Put your feet shoulder width apart and do deep knee bends with the baby facing you while your partner follows squats with extended arms. After a few squats, pass the baby while your arms are extended.

2. Baby crunches: Lie on your backs with your toes touching. One person has the baby and then crunches up and hands the baby to the partner waiting. Pass baby back and forth while doing ab crunches.

3. Twisting abs with baby: Sit on mat with the baby held at waistline. Lift legs up to tabletop (knees, ankles together) and twist upper half of body and take the baby with you. Twist from side to side and do 20 times. To incorporate two parents, your partner can be on the mat next to you and you can pass the baby back after 20 twists and repeat.

More workout moves for couples

1. Partner plank: Partners will hold a high plank head to head with about 1 foot between them throughout. From high plank, both partners lift their right hand and reach toward the opposite shoulder of their partner. Replace right hand, and as quickly as possible, repeat on the left side. Repeat as quickly as possible.

2. Counterbalance squat: Stand facing your partner at arm's length, feet slightly wider than hip width, grasping each other's forearms. Maintaining a secure grip, lower into a squat by sending hips back, bending both knees equally, and keeping core tight. Hold for a moment, then slowly return to starting position. Repeat for 10 to 12 reps.

3. Partner side planks: Each partner begins in a side plank, back to back. Partner A supports weight on right hand, feet stacked (with right foot on the bottom), core tight and hips lifted. Partner A raises left hand straight up so arms form a "T." Partner B begins in the same position, except on the left side, supporting weight on left hand, feet stacked (left foot on the bottom), and right hand extended straight up. From here, partners tap hands together above them. Next, bring hands down across front of body, rotating slightly (without dropping hips) to tap hands together underneath torsos. Return to straight position by re-straightening hips and tapping hands together overhead. Repeat eight to 12 times, then switch sides.

4. Squat and high knees mix: In this move, one person holds a squat while the other performs high knees. Partner A lowers into a squat and extends both arms straight out parallel to the floor. Partner B performs high knees, attempting to get each knee to the height of the partner's outstretched arms. Perform high knees by running in place, drawing knees up toward the chest as quickly as possible, keeping abs tight and back straight. Repeat for 30 seconds, then switch roles.

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Creatas/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) -- A former nurse in Texas was charged Wednesday in the 1981 murder of a 2-year-old girl.

Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood told ABC News Thursday that Genene Jones, 66, is suspected of killing as many as 60 children during her time as a nurse.

"We looked at her work schedule and when these babies were passing and the increase in passing under her direct work schedule was astronomical," said LaHood.

The district attorney's office said in a statement Wednesday that Jones had been indicted for the Sept. 16, 1981, murder of then 2-year-old Rosemary Vega. Last month, Jones was also charged with murder in a separate case for the Dec. 12, 1981, murder of then 11-month-old Joshua Sawyer.

At the time of Joshua's death, Jones was working as a nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit in what was formerly known as the Bexar County Hospital. According to the district attorney's office, evidence showed that Jones injected the boy with a toxic level of Dilantin.

Jones, who is currently incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Lane Murray unit in Gatesville, Texas, was sentenced to 99 years in prison in 1984 for the death of 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan. Later that year, a Bexar County judge sentenced Jones to 60 years in prison for injecting then 4-week-old Rolando Santos with Heparin, according to a news release from Bexar County district attorney's office. The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently.

A grand jury recommended that Jones' bond be set at $1 million for the latest indictment in the case of Vega. It is unclear if Jones has an attorney and LaHood said that no date has been set for a court appearance.

Due to a law that was in effect when Jones was first sentenced to prison, Jones will be released in March 2018. However, prior to her release, she will be sent back to Bexar County where she will await trial for the new charges, according to the district attorney's office.

"Our focus is to hold Genene Jones accountable for as many children's deaths as our evidence will support," LaHood said in Wednesday's press conference. "For that reason, this will continue to be an open investigation."

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