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On the border, officials see dividends from Trump’s deal with Mexico

LAREDO, Texas  – When people think of the southern border, it may bring to mind a vast, open desert, flecked with cacti and etched by a thin trail of fencing.

Not so here in Laredo Sector, where the Rio Grande narrows and separates the bushy banks of Mexico and the U.S. by mere feet of water. Migrants, predominantly adult men from Mexico rather than the Central American families common in other sectors, take advantage of the low river surrounded by trees. They know, as do the smugglers who assist illegal immigrants, that if they scramble across the water and into the trees, they are a short sprint from disappearing in Laredo amid its many fast-food restaurants, tiny houses and money exchanges.

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But lately, the crisis-level surge in crossings has eased.

On an airboat tour Tuesday, accompanied by Fox News, Border Patrol members carved through the Rio Grande looking for trouble, slowing down occasionally to peer into the trees. This time, they didn’t find it.

That’s not to say the migrants aren’t crossing – they are – but the numbers are down significantly from the levels seen in the spring. And while the furious heat of the summer months is a factor in discouraging migrants, Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez says that the Trump administration’s push to get Mexico to cooperate with immigration efforts has paid dividends.

“We’ve been monitoring the apprehension numbers closely, specifically going back 70 days before June 10 and 70 days after June 10,” Chavez told Fox News. “And what we’ve seen here in Laredo Sector is a reduction in 30 percent in our apprehension numbers, southwest border-wide numbers are down 38 percent.”

Trump announced in May that June 10 was the date he would impose tariffs on Mexico if it did not help the U.S. combat the migration crisis. Trump ultimately suspended the tariffs days before after a deal was reached that included Mexico taking “unprecedented steps” to boost enforcement, including deploying its National Guard, while the “Remain in Mexico” policy by which asylum applicants were returned to Mexico for their hearings was expanded.

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In Laredo, the distance between Mexico and the U.S. is just a short, but risky, swim. (Adam Shaw/Fox News)

Officials at Laredo’s Border Patrol sector on Tuesday briefed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli, who is visiting the border this week as part of his efforts to understand the immense migration challenge, on the status of their efforts.

“Much like yesterday when we viewed the Remain in Mexico courtrooms that are being put up, it’s really just a granular understanding of how things are working on the ground as opposed to how we all talk about it on paper in Washington,” Cuccinelli told Fox News.

Results are being seen across the entire border. CBP said this month that it encountered 82,049 people in July, down 21 percent from June when there were 104,344 people and down 43 percent from May. The number of families and minors crossing the border also dropped.

Chavez says that, along with efforts by the DHS toward further collaboration with Central American governments, it is helping reduce the once-overwhelming flow.

“So ever since June 10, I think a lot of things have been happening. DHS has done a lot in terms of what they have been doing with Central America, we’ve seen Mexico come to the table, we’ve also seen the Migration Protection Protocols,” he said, referring to the official name of the “Remain in Mexico” policy. “So all those things need to continue.”

Officials emphasize that this is not a case of “crisis over.” Summer months have in years past seen respites in migrant flows, only to see them pick up again once the mercury drops. And the numbers are still stark. In the fiscal year overall, the number of apprehensions is up, while 70 migrants have died in Laredo Sector — mainly because of the heat, but some drown in the deceptively gentle-looking Rio Grande. Agents have also made 2,470 rescues in fiscal 2019, preventing the number of deaths from being significantly higher.

Border Patrol officials say they need more infrastructure as well as changes in the law related to trafficking, the asylum process and the Flores agreement that limits how long minors can be detained. A change expanding that detention time was announced by DHS Wednesday morning, though this led to criticism that it amounted to a “cruel attack on children” by allowing the government to “put more kids in jail for longer.”

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Earlier Tuesday, Cuccinelli had a bird’s-eye view of the border when he went on an operational mission conducted by Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations (AMO), which conducts air and maritime missions at the border and in the nation’s interior. Fox News accompanied him.

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In Rio Grande Valley, parts of the border have fencing to stop migrants crossing. (Adam Shaw/Fox News)

In that sector, numbers have dropped from a high of approximately 2,400 a day in May to approximately 800 a day currently. But again, agents weren’t celebrating, and neither was Cuccinelli — not yet anyway. In the chopper, soaring above seemingly endless acres of Texas desert, farmland and swamp, he watched as the chopper diverted course, dove close to the ground and helped agents locate and capture a handful of migrants moving in the summer heat.

The mass caravans are less frequent now than they used to be, but they still come. Earlier this month in New Mexico, agents apprehended nearly 200 migrants, the second-largest group apprehended in August. In May, the Border Patrol apprehended 48 groups of 100 migrants or more; this month they picked up fewer than five.

Cuccinelli praised Trump’s efforts in bringing Mexico to the table: “He took a tactic that none of his predecessors, Democrat or Republican, before him have taken and it’s been very successful.”

“Here they were swamped in May, we’re still at crisis numbers, but it seems so low compared to May and those crossings and apprehensions continue on a genuine downward decline,” he told reporters after the flight.

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USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli speaks to Border Patrol officials ahead of an operational mission. (Adam Shaw/Fox News)

Cuccinelli, who has made sweeping changes to the U.S. legal immigration system since becoming acting director of USCIS in June, said that further cooperation – including a recent “safe third country” deal with Guatemala – are all tools needed to keep the numbers dropping.

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“Integration in the region — not just here in the U.S. and in Mexico but in the Northern Triangle as well and beyond — is coming together slowly but surely to help all of us work together to have the tools to keep driving down the raw numbers that have really created the crisis on our southern border,” he said.

Fox News’ William La Jeunesse contributed to this report.

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Beth Chapman ‘choked on cancer’ in final moments before losing consciousness, daughter says

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Beth Chapman stood naked in front of a mirror and told her husband, Duane “Dog” Chapman, to look at her. Moments later, she fell unconscious.

“She quite literally choked on her cancer,” Bonnie Chapman, the couple’s 20-year-old daughter, recounted to SurvivorNet.com.

“My mom was naked in the bathroom and told my dad to look at her. And he goes, ‘I am looking at you.’ And she goes, ‘No, look at me.’ And then she was standing there and she started gasping, and my sister came into the room and they called 911 immediately. And that was the last moment that we really saw her completely conscious.”

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According to Bonnie those moments have haunted her father, who in the aftermath of Beth’s death has faced scrutiny for everything from how she died to whether he’s already dating.

“There was a lot of miscommunication between us and the mortuary,” Bonnie Chapman told SurvivorNet.com. “My dad was investigated for a bit [because of the questions the death certificate raised] and we had to have her ashes put on hold as they were investigating my dad for murder.”

Bonnie Chapman called the ordeal “heartbreaking” and said it’s made grieving the loss of her 51-year-old “larger than life” mother difficult.

“Everything we do right now is being publicized,” she told SurvivorNet.com. “And it’s hard sometimes, because we’re trying to keep it together. Right now is the most fragile time of our lives.”

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Chapman was first diagnosed with throat cancer in 2017 and entered remission, but learned that it had returned a year later and spread to her lungs. After one round of chemotherapy, she had announced that she would not seek further treatment.

“She despised who she was after that one session,” Bonnie Chapman told SurvivorNet.com. “And she had tried [the chemo] because so many people had been telling her, ‘please, at least try.’ And she didn’t want to disappoint people by not trying it at all, but at the end fo the day, she did not want to lose her hair, her teeth… She didn’t want to feel like she was falling apart. She wanted to remain as much ‘Beth’ as possible. Even when she did pass, she had the majority of her hair, she was really happy to still have her smile and still look like Beth.”

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The family’s reality show, “Dog’s Most Wanted,” will include footage taped during Beth’s illness, before her June 26 death at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu.

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Navy dad catches newborn son while en route to hospital

A South Carolina dad was on a three-day leave from his Navy duties when he prayed that he’d be able to play a role in his fourth child’s birth. Little did he know that he’d actually end up catching the newborn while racing his wife to the hospital.

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Millerbernd, a Navy Master at Arms, was racing toward the hospital with his wife when her water broke. (East Cooper Medical Center)

On Aug. 9 at around 2 a.m., Rob and Nikki Millerbernd were en route toward East Cooper Medical Center when her water broke in the front seat.

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“I called 911 to tell them what was going on,” said Millerbernd, a Navy Master at Arms, according to the hospital’s Facebook page. “They told me they would send an alert to the officers with the car description. I had my caution lights on and ran a red light.”

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He said he pulled off the road just in time to catch his son, Wyatt, who weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces. (East Cooper Medical Center)

But before they could make it to the hospital, Millerbernd pulled over just in time to catch his son, Wyatt, who was born at 2:34 a.m. After hearing him cry, he put the car back in drive and the three continued to the Mt. Pleasant hospital, where medical staff evaluated Nikki and Wyatt, and then let Mellerbernd cut the umbilical cord.

“Finally got my boy,” Mellerbernd said of his son, who weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and joins the couple’s three older daughters, Hayleigh, Eliza and Natalie. According to the report, Nikki Millerbernd had been scheduled to be induced later that day.

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Mellerbernd has since returned to Virginia for training, the hospital said, and will be back home with his family in September before his upcoming October deployment.

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Teen hospitalized with vape-related health scare: ‘Machines were keeping Tryston alive’

A Texas teen is recovering after spending 18 days in the hospital for a collapsed lung doctors believe was caused by vaping. The patient, identified as Tryston by the hospital, caused his doctor to lose “a lot of sleep” during his stay at Cook Children’s Hospital in the ICU.

“As his Cook Children’s pediatrician, I was sent daily updates about him,” Dr. Mary Suzanne Whitworth, medical director of Infectious Diseases at Cook Children’s, said, in the hospital’s blog. “I found myself holding my breath every time I opened the update – and audibly gasped the moment I realized that he was intubated.”

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Tryston, 17, had landed in the hospital after complaining of fatigue, shortness of breath and chest pains. Within 48 hours of intake, he was in the ICU.

“Machines were keeping Tyston alive,” Whitworth said, in the hospital’s blog post.

Whitworth, who said she “lost a lot of sleep over this kid,” was puzzled by what was the root of his issues, as antibiotics and antifungal medications failed to improve his condition.

“One thing that Tryston mentioned to the staff of Cook Children’s before he got very ill is something I already knew, and had talked to him about the year prior,” Whitworth wrote. “Tryston liked to vape.”

And while Whitworth notes that a “clear answer for why his lungs failed him was never found,” the chemicals found in vaping liquids can “cause some major damage.”

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“We don’t know for sure,” Whitworth said, of why Tryston’s lung collapsed. “But there are literature reports of hypersensitivity pneumonitis from vaping. I told him no inhaling anything again, ever. We still don’t know for sure what the trigger was. But it is very plausible that it could be due to his vaping.”

After 18 days in the hospital, Tryston was well enough to go home but had lost 30 pounds and has to learn how to walk normally again after losing significant muscle mass in his legs. At a follow-up appointment, Whitworth said he swore he’d “never touch the stuff again.”

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Tryston, pictured with Dr. Whitworth, now faces re-learning how to walk after his legs lost significant muscle during his 18-day hospital stay. (Cook Children’s)

The teen’s plight is just the latest in a rash of similar stories being reported by physicians across the nation, as the CDC looks into the surge of hospitalizations involving teens with lung issues. Chance Ammirata, an 18-year-old in Florida, also blamed a hole in his right lung on vaping. He said he began using the device two years ago, and recently took to social media to share his story in hopes of convincing his friends to drop the habit.

“This epidemic has taken enough. We don’t need more evidence telling us just how bad it is. How many more kids are going to have to get hospitalized for us to stop?” he wrote in the Aug. 6 post.

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Health officials in Utah, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota have reported an uptick in lung illnesses among teens, with speculation mounting that they are all tied to vaping.

The health issues – both short and long term – of e-cigarette use are not well understood, and the U.S. Food and Drug and Administration (FDA) does not require the manufacturers of e-cigarette devices to list all the ingredients in them. For its part, the FDA is investigating reports of seizures that have occurred after vaping.

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CNN’s Cuomo hits Trump’s lack of aging in office, suggests he ‘doesn’t care’ like other presidents

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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo suggested that President Trump hasn’t aged as much as his predecessors because he doesn’t care as much about the country’s problems.

“It’s been almost three years since Trump won the presidency,” Cuomo said during his show, “Cuomo Prime Time,” on Tuesday. “He looks exactly the same.”

“His hair is—I don’t know what’s going on with that. But he may do things that presidents in the past haven’t done to augment their physical reality, but it could also be he doesn’t care the way others have,” he added.

Cuomo’s monologue came in response to Trump telling reporters that “nothing” kept him up at night. “The president told us a very important truth tonight,” Cuomo commented.

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He went on to show a clip of former President Obama saying that “a lot of things” kept him up at night as president. “Now while I wish poor sleep on no man, maybe this president could use a sleepless night or two, less executive time, fewer hours in front of the TV and on the golf course,” he said.

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Cuomo flashed side-by-side photos of Obama along with former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton before and after they left office.

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“I mean come on, look at Clinton’s hair — went white,” Cuomo said. “George W. Bush looks like he got a beat down. Obama looks like his own grandfather … this is a very hard job because of the stress they carry with them.”

Cuomo ticked off a series of complaints he had with Trump’s performance, arguing he didn’t “deal with the trying business of compromise” and created “discord for no reason.” He added that Trump had “no real deals going with Congress” and seemed indifferent to concerns farmers had over his tariffs.

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Key ‘Miracle on Ice’ team member arrested in pipe assault on neighbor

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A key member of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team was arrested August 15 after allegedly assaulting his Minnesota neighbor with a metal pipe after the two had gone fishing, police said.

Mark Pavelich, 61, was arrested on charges of second- and third-degree assault, possession of an illegal shortened shotgun and possessing a gun with a missing serial number, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. He was held in lieu of $250,000 bail and ordered to undergo a mental health check.

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The man who called the Cook County Sheriff’s Office to report the assault told dispatch he was struck by a metal pole-wielding Pavelich at the former hockey player’s home after the two men spent the day fishing together. Pavelich allegedly accused the man of “spiking his beer” the paper reported, citing a criminal complaint.

Cook County deputies said Pavelich’s neighbor was “in shock” with “observable injuries and an obvious disfigurement of his leg,” the Duluth News-Tribune reported, citing the complaint. The man reportedly suffered two cracked ribs, a bruised left kidney and fractured vertebrae.

Upon further investigation, authorities discovered a shotgun with the butt of the gun replaced by a tree branch inside Pavelich’s home, according to the Star Tribune. The serial number had also been removed from the firearm.

A judge ordered Pavelich on Monday to undergo a mental health evaluation to see if he was mentally competent to stand trial. He is set to return to court Oct. 20.

Pavelich played a key role on the “Miracle on Ice” team that defeated the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., with Pavelich assisting on two goals that helped the Americans beat the Soviets, 4-3.

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He also played in the NHL from 1981 to 1987 and again during the 1991-92 season, spending time with the New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars and San Jose Sharks.

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Key ‘Miracle on Ice’ team member arrested in pipe assault on neighbor

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A key member of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team was arrested August 15 after allegedly assaulting his Minnesota neighbor with a metal pipe after the two had gone fishing, police said.

Mark Pavelich, 61, was arrested on charges of second- and third-degree assault, possession of an illegal shortened shotgun and possessing a gun with a missing serial number, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. He was held in lieu of $250,000 bail and ordered to undergo a mental health check.

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The man who called the Cook County Sheriff’s Office to report the assault told dispatch he was struck by a metal pole-wielding Pavelich at the former hockey player’s home after the two men spent the day fishing together. Pavelich allegedly accused the man of “spiking his beer” the paper reported, citing a criminal complaint.

Cook County deputies said Pavelich’s neighbor was “in shock” with “observable injuries and an obvious disfigurement of his leg,” the Duluth News-Tribune reported, citing the complaint. The man reportedly suffered two cracked ribs, a bruised left kidney and fractured vertebrae.

Upon further investigation, authorities discovered a shotgun with the butt of the gun replaced by a tree branch inside Pavelich’s home, according to the Star Tribune. The serial number had also been removed from the firearm.

A judge ordered Pavelich on Monday to undergo a mental health evaluation to see if he was mentally competent to stand trial. He is set to return to court Oct. 20.

Pavelich played a key role on the “Miracle on Ice” team that defeated the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., with Pavelich assisting on two goals that helped the Americans beat the Soviets, 4-3.

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He also played in the NHL from 1981 to 1987 and again during the 1991-92 season, spending time with the New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars and San Jose Sharks.

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Defiant Trump digs in amid battles on trade, guns, Israel: ‘I am the chosen one’

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A defiant President Trump sparred with reporters Wednesday in a testy back-and-forth for more than a half-hour as he dug in over his positions on the trade war with China, gun control, the apparent pursuit of a Greenland real estate deal, the treatment of migrants at the border and his comments on Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.

“I am the chosen one,” the president said at one point from the South Lawn of the White House, defending his moves on trade, saying “somebody had to do it, so I’m taking on China.”

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In comments made before boarding Marine One, Trump also doubled down on his recent assertion that Jewish-Americans who vote for Democrats show “great disloyalty” because of the party’s embrace of Tlaib and Omar, amid an outcry from Democrats over his comments.

“In my opinion, if you vote for a Democrat you’re being very disloyal to Jewish people and you’re being very disloyal to Israel and only weak people would say anything other than that,” Trump said.

Democrats have called Trump out for his use of the word “disloyalty,” with some likening it to anti-Semitic language that American Jews are more loyal to Israel than America.

The president also insisted he is still considering supporting stronger background checks for gun buyers, denying that he told the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre this week he had taken it off the table.

“I didn’t say anything about that,” Trump said, though adding that the country currently has “strong background checks” on the books but he still wants “to close loopholes.”

The president was pressed over his administration announcing Wednesday it would move to scrap a major court agreement known as the Flores agreement in order to allow for migrant families to be detained longer as their cases are being considered, instead of having to release them after 20 days. “”This new rule will do even more to bring them together,” Trump said.

He defended his administration’s treatment of migrants at the border, while saying he gets blamed for things that started under his predecessor. “President Obama had separation, President Obama built the cells, the cages that you people talk about and attribute them to me,” he said.

And he suggested that his administration is considering how to revoke birthright citizenship, which allows anyone born in the U.S. to automatically become an American citizen

“We’re looking at birthright citizenship very seriously,” Trump said. “It’s frankly very ridiculous.”

On other issues, he defended his interest in the United States acquiring Greenland – despite Denmark’s unwillingness to negotiate – calling it a “very good idea.” On Tuesday, Trump said he was canceling a meeting with Denmark’s leader over her critical comments about his interest in Greenland.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen had called the idea “absurd.” Trump on Thursday called those comments “nasty.”

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He also referenced left-wing protesters who recently clashed with right-wing activists in Portland, saying he considers Antifa “a terrorist organization.”

After speaking for more than 30 minutes, the president boarded Marine One to embark on a trip to Kentucky, where he is set to deliver remarks at the American Veterans 75th National Convention in Louisville.

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Loch Ness monster theory ‘plausible,’ scientist claims

A team of international scientists has come up with a theory described as “plausible” that could help explain the Loch Ness Monster.

University of Otago geneticist Neil Gemmell said that there have been more than 1,000 sightings of something unknown in Loch Ness, but there are only four explanations for what it could be.

“Our research essentially discounts most of those theories, however, one theory remains plausible,” Gemmell said in comments obtained by the BBC.

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Unproven photo of the “Loch Ness Monster” (AP)

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Gemmell added that the findings from his study, which was announced in May 2018, will be revealed on September 5.

As part of the study, Gemmell and other researchers took 250 water samples from various depths. In the samples, there was DNA left by a number of creatures, including skin, scale, feather, fur and feces.

While the researchers did not spot the so-called sea monster, Gemmell, who is described as an expert in genomics, ecology, population, conservation and evolutionary biology, said in June that the results of the study were “surprising.”

One of Scotland’s oldest myths, that a creature was living in Loch Ness, dates back to the sixth century. The 19th and 20th centuries, in particular, saw an increase in interest, especially after the infamous “surgeon’s photograph” in 1934.

A study published in April suggested that the legend of the Loch Ness monster and other long-necked “sea monsters” may have been influenced by something very real and even more terrifying — dinosaurs.

The legend of the Loch Ness monster has commonly been attributed to a plesiosaur that somehow managed to survive the mass extinction event that killed off the dinosaurs.

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Mom loses fingers, toes, part of leg after rug burn triggers severe infection

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A Wisconsin woman who tripped over her dog in June 2015 is still dealing with the ramifications of what seemed like a simple rug burn after she landed in the intensive care unit just days later battling internal bleeding and organ failure.

The fall, which had produced an entryway for a deadly bacteria to enter her bloodstream, initially cost Alecia Kennen parts of her fingers and all of her toes, but just a few months ago it ultimately also claimed her right leg from below-the-knee, Fox 9 reported.

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Kennen, who is sharing her story with Fox 9 in hopes of warning others about the seriousness of Group A strep and toxic shock syndrome (TSS), told the news outlet that when she went to the hospital her nurse and doctors knew “right away that something was wrong,” but because her illness was so severe they initially couldn’t figure out what was causing it.

“If somebody sees this and is able to say, ‘Hey, I’ve never heard of it and I’ve heard of it now,’ and be aware of it, it makes a difference for me,” Kennen told Fox 9.

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Kennen told Fox 9 that while it was clear her body was dealing with a severe infection, it wasn’t until after her relatives had been told to prepare to say goodbye that one of her sons started complaining of a sore throat, which led to a life-saving clue.

All three of her sons tested positive for Group A strep, leading to her diagnosis of Group A strep toxic shock syndrome, according to Fox 9.

Group A strep can cause many infections, including strep throat, but also severe or even deadly illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Patients with Group A strep can go on to develop TSS, which can cause high fever, chills, headache, fatigue, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, decreased liver function, and other serious health issues.

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While TSS is typically associated with the use of super-absorbent tampons, it can also be caused by bacteria typically found on skin and can occur in both women and men of all ages. It is often life-threatening and requires medical attention and prompt treatment.

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