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    A Lowell, Massachusetts, man had a special delivery to deal with on the highway: his own baby. >> Watch the news report here Samuel Beyene's wife Rahel Estifanos called him at work Wednesday morning, saying she was having contractions. >> Read more trending news  'We start driving, and all of a sudden, she says, 'Oh my God, something is pushing. Something is coming out,'' Beyene said. 'I say, 'OK, we’re almost there. We have 10 minutes to go.' She says, 'No, no, no, Sammy, you don’t know there's something coming out.' And I look down and I see the head.' Before they could make it to the hospital, Beyene pulled over on the side of Route 93. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  Wilmington police dispatchers told Beyene on the phone that they were on their way, but their new baby, Lidya, was impatient. 'Slowly but surely, I pull the baby up,' Beyene said. 'All of a sudden, the baby is in my hand.' The mother and baby are happy and healthy, resting at Winchester Hospital.  Now that the stress is over, Beyene can joke about the situation. >> On Boston25News.com: FDA warns some teething medicines are unsafe for babies 'We're gonna give her a little nickname, 93, at the bottom,' Beyene said. 'Lidya 93, since she was on the highway.
  • A video and message posted by a Green County, Oklahoma, mom is spreading quickly on social media. >> Watch the news report here Christy Rowden posted the video Monday afternoon after a heartwarming moment at a park. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  Rowden said she was at the park with her two children that afternoon when a bus of students from Oologah Upper Elementary pulled up and started playing on the basketball court. Rowden’s 7-year-old son was adopted from Uganda. Rowden said he can be shy and, as a result, stood back as the older boys played basketball. >> Watch the video here Soon after, the fifth-grade boys reportedly came up to her son, Asher, introduced themselves and invited him to play. The boys quickly welcomed him into their game, cheering him on and giving high-fives. >> Read more trending news  Rowden said the moment brought a tear to her eye, especially since she is the mom of a black boy in a mostly white community. Rowden shared the post to remind people that there is still good in the world and to thank the children who were so kind to her son. >> See the Facebook post here
  • An Arkansas mom's story of how a stranger helped her and her two young children on a flight is warming hearts across the country. According to ABC News, Jessica Rudeen, 34, of Bentonville, ran into some trouble while traveling from Missouri to North Carolina with her 4-month-old son, Alexander, and 3-year-old daughter, Caroline. >> RELATED STORY: Kind stranger helps mother flying alone with crying kids when no one else would 'My first flights with an infant and a toddler started out with a little panic when we boarded the plane,' Rudeen wrote in a Facebook post. 'My 4-month-old was screaming his head off because, due to a series of unexpected events, I was unable to nurse him before boarding the plane. My 3-year-old, who was excited before boarding the plane, lost her nerve and began screaming and kicking, 'I want to get off the plane! I don’t want to go!' I honestly thought we’d get kicked off the plane. So with two kids losing their minds, I was desperately trying to calm the situation.' Luckily, another passenger, Todd Walker, 52, was happy to help, ABC News reported. >> Woman buys $600 worth of Girl Scout cookies, has Scouts give them out free to strangers 'This man reached for the baby and held him while I forced a seatbelt on Caroline, got her tablet and started her movie,' Rudeen wrote. 'Once she was settled and relatively calmed, he distracted her so that I could feed Alexander. Finally, while we were taxiing, the back of the plane no longer had screams.' But Walker's kindness didn't end there. Rudeen said he also talked to Caroline during the flight and even colored and watched a movie with her.  'By the end of the flight, he was Caroline's best friend,' Rudeen wrote. 'I'm not sure if he caught the kiss she landed on his shoulder while they were looking out the window.' In another stroke of luck, the new friends discovered that they were connecting in Charlotte to the same flight to Wilmington. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  'He helped us get off the plane and led us to the next gate with Caroline in hand,' Rudeen wrote. 'If that wasn’t enough, he changed his seat on the next flight to sit in our row to help us. This guy, Todd, showed me kindness and compassion that I’ve never known from another person. His wife, he said, had a similar experience when their two boys were young and a stranger showed her the same kindness. I am blown away by God’s hand in this because we could have been placed next to anyone, but we were seated next to one of the nicest men I have ever met in my life.' >> Read more trending news  Rudeen's Facebook post thanking Walker quickly went viral, with more than 28,000 likes and 7,000 shares. Although Rudeen did not have Walker's last name, social media users helped her get in touch with his wife, Stacey who said helping people is in her husband's nature. Rudeen said she hopes that the families can get together soon. Read more here. >> See the full Facebook post here
  • With resourcefulness that would put MacGyver to shame, a pregnant Tennessee woman used YouTube, an electric kettle, a pocketknife and shoelaces to deliver her own son in a foreign hotel room.  >> New Year's baby born on freeway after South Carolina police chase In a viral Twitter thread posted last week, Tia Freeman, 22, of La Vergne said she had already bought plane tickets to Germany for a March vacation before finding out she was six months pregnant. Thinking she had plenty of time before the baby's arrival, she decided to take the trip anyway.  >> Read the thread here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.) According to WTVF and Inside Edition, Freeman, a computer specialist for the U.S. Air Force, initially thought she had food poisoning when she started having cramps en route to Istanbul, where she had a layover, on March 7. The pain only got worse after she landed. 'I make it to my hotel & now I'm sure I'm in labor,' she tweeted. 'There is no way in the world I'm not in labor because I can barely standup at this point. So I'm in a foreign country, where no one speaks english, I don't know this country's emergency number, & I have no clue what to do.' So she looked it up online.'In true millennial form I decided to @Youtube it,' she tweeted. 'If no one else had my back the internet would!' >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  Freeman said she got into the bathtub and pushed five or six times before delivering a baby boy, Xavier Ata Freeman. After another Google search, she used an electric tea kettle to sanitize her pocketknife and shoelaces, then cut the umbilical cord. 'It's weird how focused a person becomes when [their] adrenaline starts going,' she tweeted. 'Because at no point ever did I freak out. Like I just did what I had to do.' The morning after Xavier's birth, Freeman brought him to the airport. 'Immediately, security knew something was up,' she told WTVF. 'They called in a doctor and nurse, and I called the U.S. consulate.' >> Read more trending news  Freeman and Xavier, who quickly became viral sensations in Turkey, flew back to the U.S. two weeks later after the newborn received a birth certificate and emergency passport, WTVF reported. 'I still really don’t understand what’s so shocking about my delivery story,' Freeman tweeted. 'Lol maybe it’ll set in one day.” Read more here or here.
  • There's no need for a slow-motion replay of this tiny baseball star's 'run' to home plate.  >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  According to ABC News, Lennox Salcedo, a 3-year-old who plays for a pony baseball league in Walnut, California, has become a viral sensation for his hilarious response to his coach's instructions 'to run home as fast as he can.' >> Read more trending news  Naturally, Lennox did the exact opposite, delighting parents and other spectators. A video of the adorable moment, posted Sunday by Twitter user @TabbyRodriguez, has been viewed more than 5 million times. >> Watch the video here Read more here.
  • A new complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission accuses video-sharing site YouTube of illegally collecting children's data. >> Here's how to download a copy of the data Facebook keeps on you According to the Guardian, nearly two dozen advocacy groups, including the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for Digital Democracy, are arguing that YouTube's parent company, Google, violates the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act by collecting data on and targeting advertising toward children without obtaining parental consent beforehand. >> Facebook alerts users if their data was compromised by Cambridge Analytica The complaint, filed Monday, also alleges that Google knows that children use YouTube, even though YouTube asks that children under 13 not use the site. 'Despite the presence of literally millions of child-directed videos, and despite promising advertisers access to kids via YouTube ads, Google pretends that they aren’t responsible for the children on YouTube,' the CCFC said on its website. 'Google knows kids are there, and they are not taking steps to protect their privacy. So we are.' >> Cambridge Analytica: What you need to know about the firm, Facebook and your information YouTube released the following statement in response to the complaint: 'We are reviewing the complaint and will evaluate if there are things we can do to improve. Protecting kids and families has always been a top priority for us. Because YouTube is not for children, we’ve invested significantly in the creation of the YouTube Kids app to offer an alternative specifically designed for children.' >> Read more trending news  According to The Associated Press, YouTube Kids 'offers more parental controls but is not as widely used' as the main YouTube site. Read the full complaint here.
  • A Massachusetts bakery is helping a boy with special needs communicate again after his trusty iPad was stolen. >> Watch the news report here Three-year-old Hunter Jerrier has Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, and because he's nonverbal, he uses his iPad to speak. Hunter's father, Brian Jerrier, says the gateway to understanding his son's wants and needs is his iPad, which is loaded with special programs to help out his little one. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  However, on Saturday, during a trip to White's Bakery in Brockton, Hunter's method of communication was stripped from him when someone stole his gadget. His parents said someone took it from a counter just minutes after they accidentally left it there. 'As a grown, 40-year-old man it made me cry. It was my fault because I put it down. I felt like I let him down because it's the only way he can communicate with us,' Brian said. The Jerriers thought it was a lost cause until they received a phone call less than 24 hours after the theft from a manager at the bakery. The manager offered to replace the iPad and followed through with his word. >> Read more trending news  'There are still good people out there that, in a really crummy situation, made it easier for him, easier for us and did it so quickly,' said Amanda Jerrier, Hunter's mom. Now, the Jerriers said the last way to right this wrong is for the thief to come forward. 'I would like to know how it would feel if you were unable to speak in any type of way,' Brian said.
  • After his son was kicked off the school bus for three days for bullying, a father in Virginia came up with an alternative way for him to get to school. >> Read more trending news  As punishment, Bryan Thornhill made his son run to school. In a Facebook video posted on Thursday, Thornhill streams his son running with his backpack on in the rain, with Thornhill riding in a car behind him. In the Facebook video, Thornhill explained why he chose this form of punishment and gave 'tough love' parenting advice to others. (Note: The video contains language that some may find objectionable.) The video has generated millions of views and has sparked a mix of praise and criticism. Thornhill said in the video that his son's behavior has improved since the punishment.
  • A video of a boy comforting his baby sister is warming hearts across the country. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  A video shared to Facebook by mom Danielle Davis of Haughton, Louisiana, shows her son quietly rocking his sleeping sister in his arms when she wasn’t feeling well. The video was viewed more than 2 million times on Instagram. >> On HotTopics.TV: Baby girl cries tears of joy when she hears her mom’s voice for the first time “The kids adore each other,” Davis told “Good Morning America.” “He can always make her laugh. They are siblings, so they have their moments of jealousy, but that’s to be had. Ninety percent of the time they really very loving toward each other.” >> Read more trending news  Check out the adorable clip below as 5-year-old John comforts 1-year-old Clara. >> Click here to watch
  • An Oklahoma boy is recovering after suffering a serious injury in a restaurant bounce house.  >> Click here to watch the news report (WARNING: Linked video includes graphic images.) A trip to an Incredible Pizza location in Warr Acres on Nov. 5 ended with the Lambert family’s 5-year-old son Bentley, who had been playing in a bounce house, asking if he was going to die. >> Bounce house takes flight with children inside it Incredible Pizza, known fully as America’s Incredible Pizza Co., shows on its website that it offers both food and entertainment at its restaurants, listing a bounce house among the number of attractions. Shali Lambert spoke to KFOR about her son’s condition and said that, while he is on a long road to recovery, it was immediately clear to her and doctors how serious it was when a hook inside the bounce house came loose and tore into the child’s arm. >> Read more trending news  A hook inside of a padded wrecking ball came loose and seriously injured Bentley. “He was screaming, ‘I’m stuck!' I just remember picking him up, and I had to unhook the clip and slide it out of his arm,” Lambert said. “He was asking if he was going to die. He saw all the blood in his arm, and so he was asking if he was going to die.” >> 5 children hurt after bounce house goes airborne at church carnival The child had to be rushed from the pizza place to the hospital, where doctors performed an emergency surgery. The boy’s arm has since been sewed up, but he may have to undergo physical therapy and additional surgeries in the future. “No kid should have to go through that,” Bentley’s mother said. It’s not clear at this time if the cost of the child’s surgery will be covered by the company, but its insurance company is involved. On its website, Incredible Pizza says its mission is “to bring families and friends together through great food and fun,” adding that it operate its business “by Christian principles, delivering a positive family experience and a fair return to our company.”