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12-Year-Old Girl Dies by Suicide After Being Relentlessly Bullied and Harassed at School

After facing relentless bullying and harassment over the past school year, 12-year-old Flora Martinez ended her life on May 7. Now, her parents are demanding change from schools and administrators after the bullying persisted, even once she was gone.

One Year After 26-Year-Old Wife Dies of Cancer, Husband Finds Redeeming Love After Loss With Young Widow

After his wife Maddy died of cancer at just 26 years old, Chandler David Smith was left grieving an unimaginable loss and navigating what it looked like to be a single dad. In his grief, he found new and beautiful love with a young widow and mother of three.

Florida ‘Safe Haven’ Baby Graduates High School, Reunites With Firefighters Who Received Her 18 Years Ago

Eighteen years ago, when she was just one day old, a baby named Colleen was surrendered at a “Safe Haven” box in Clermont, Florida. Now, as she successfully graduates high school, Colleen is reuniting with the firefighters who were with her on that fateful day 18 years ago.

Mom Dies Giving Birth & Dad Lays Baby on Her Chest—10 Minutes Later, He Hears the Scream…

Jeremy Cawley was facing what he called a nightmare as he watched his wife give birth to their baby, Rylan, and prepared to say goodbye to the love of his life at the same time.

His 23-year-old wife, Shelly, had planned on a natural birth, but complications forced doctors to do an emergency C-section. Their daughter was delivered as healthy as could be, but Shelly wouldn’t wake up after she was put under.

Blood clots clogged her vitals, and she slipped into a deadly coma that doctors feared she would never wake up from. They were sure she was gone.

“The doctors had done everything they could,” said Jeremy. “At this time, they were absolutely sure that they would lose Shelly. You are so unbelievably excited that your child is born…and in the next moment you believe you’ll have to say farewell to your wife forever. It was like being numbed.”

That’s when one of the nurses, Ashley Manus, had an idea. She knew that skin-to-skin contact between mom and baby often had the capacity to nurture and revive infants, and she thought it may be able to work the other way around as well.

“We’re a big proponent of skin-to-skin. We believe it has great benefits for the mom and the baby, and we just thought it can’t hurt, might as well give it a try,” she said.

They laid Rylan on Shelly’s breast in hopes her cry could call her mama back to life.

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“I was hoping somewhere deep down, Shelly was still there and could feel her baby, hear her baby, and her mother’s instincts would come out and she would realize, ‘This is where I need to be,'” said Manus.

Initially, the baby was so at peace that she fell asleep on Shelly’s chest and didn’t let out a sound. They started tickling and even lightly pinching Rylan to see if it would get her to cry.

Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. She’s passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing, and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.

12-Year-Old Girl Dies by Suicide After Being Relentlessly Bullied and Harassed at School

After facing relentless bullying and harassment over the past school year, 12-year-old Flora Martinez ended her life on May 7. Now, her parents are demanding change from schools and administrators after the bullying persisted, even once she was gone.

One Year After 26-Year-Old Wife Dies of Cancer, Husband Finds Redeeming Love After Loss With Young Widow

After his wife Maddy died of cancer at just 26 years old, Chandler David Smith was left grieving an unimaginable loss and navigating what it looked like to be a single dad. In his grief, he found new and beautiful love with a young widow and mother of three.

Florida ‘Safe Haven’ Baby Graduates High School, Reunites With Firefighters Who Received Her 18 Years Ago

Eighteen years ago, when she was just one day old, a baby named Colleen was surrendered at a “Safe Haven” box in Clermont, Florida. Now, as she successfully graduates high school, Colleen is reuniting with the firefighters who were with her on that fateful day 18 years ago.