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Incredible: Woman Gives Birth to 14-Pound Baby After 19 Miscarriages

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Many moms bond by sharing their pregnancy and birth experiences. While every pregnancy is unique, Cary Patonai and her “chunky monkey,” Finnley, are making the news because of just how unique their case is.

Tim and Cary already had two sons, Devlen, 10, and Everett, 2, and Cary was no stranger to large babies. Both her boys had been born via c-section, with Devlen coming in at 8.2 pounds and Everett coming in at a very respectable 11.1 pounds.

At the beginning of October, Cary was 38 weeks pregnant with what they already knew was going to be a strapping young lad. The baby’s estimated weight was a cool 13.8 pounds.



Cary was already scheduled for a c-section that week, but when she went to a check-up on Oct. 4, that timeline got moved up a bit.

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“My water broke on the scale as I was getting weighed, so my scheduled C-section got moved up a day,” she said, according to Fox News.

So, off to Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona, they went, to meet their newest addition.

“He was so big plus I had almost double the amniotic fluid, so to say I had a big baby belly and that I was absolutely completely uncomfortable isn’t enough,” Cary said. “However, I would do it all over again if I had to, to get this blessing.”

The not-so-little dude was born via c-section on Oct. 5 at 1:56 p.m. and has been impressing people near and far with his staggering size and supreme squishiness ever since.



Family quickly realized the clothes and diapers they’d prepared for Finnley’s arrival simply would not do, and they had to go out and buy larger sizes of everything just to fit the boy.

Both mom and baby appear to be doing well now, though they — understandably — experienced some side effects.



Cary had some initial hemorrhaging and has major surgery to recover from, and Finnley had to stay in the NICU for eight days because he had breathing issues, jaundice and high bilirubin levels, according to a post Cary shared.

The separation would be difficult for any mother, but it proved extremely difficult for Cary, who has a history with loss.



“It triggered a lot from my 19 previous miscarriages — leaving the hospital without a baby,” she said, according to Fox. “I knew it was for a good cause and he was in excellent care, but it still was extremely hard for me to emotionally handle.

“The reason I’ve had 19 miscarriages is due to my blood clotting disorder and fibroids. It’s been beyond hard to go through.”

But Finnley came home eventually, and the family has been soaking up all the baby cuddles and enjoying their beautiful baby boy.

“I am so happy, Tim is happy, Finnley is happy & snuggly & oh so squishy!” Cary shared in the birth announcement post on Facebook. “Devlen & Everett are missing us & ready for us to come home. I am so thankful & so blessed!”

As the days passed, Cary discovered just how special Finnley was. He wasn’t just a big baby, he was one of the biggest, propelling the family to fame.

“I saw my Dr today — oh my goodness — Finnley is the biggest baby he’s ever delivered, along with another obgyn of 27 years, & a nurse that was there during my csection,” she shared in her post. “It was incredible. He is the talk of the hospital! My dr is going to do some research & see what we can do — we really think we’ve broken a record!”

“Finnley was a little celebrity at the hospital,” she said, according to Fox. “Nurses and doctors were non-stop talking about him. He is quite tall too at 23.75 inches.”

Cary also wants other moms to take hope from her story and to be encouraged.



“I think it’s important for other people to know there is hope behind all of those closed doors and that they aren’t alone as they are going through their own trying times,” she said, Fox reported.

“Every woman has a different path than the next, some are easier and some are harder. What matters is that we support each other, with love, care and respect.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Stranger Saves Teen Hit by Car, Then Disappears After Rescue

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Lily Irigoyen, 14, from Escondido, California, was headed to Westfield North County Mall with a friend to do some shopping on May 23 when Irigoyen’s life was turned upside down.

As she was crossing a street — using a crosswalk — a driver failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the teenager. She immediately blacked out.

Two other drivers saw what had happened and raced to help. Police later said that a female good Samaritan called 911 and contacted Irigoyen’s family using her cell phone, and a man performed CPR on the teen’s lifeless body — an act that would later turn out to have made all the difference.

The girl’s mother, Isabel Torres, remembers getting the call that broke her heart.



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“Her dad called me that she was in an accident and she was airlifted to the hospital,” she told KNSD.

Irigoyen had suffered a long list of serious injuries, including a damaged kidney, a broken arm, a broken leg, a broken hip and a punctured lung. Worst of all, she had also suffered a brain injury.

For three weeks, the teen was in a coma. Even after coming out of it, she had to stay at the hospital for six months, recovering. She finally made it home in August, and her mom has hope that she will recover.

“We’re getting there,” Torres told KNSD. “With time, I think she’s going to get better and better.”

Police later said that, while the driver who hit the teen was determined to be at fault, no criminal charges were made.

After a recent checkup, Irigoyen has a new goal: To find and thank the good Samaritan who saved her life.

“The doctor told her that everything that happened and she mentioned that, thanks to the person that assisted at the accident with the CPR, she always had air to her brain and for that main reason, they saved her life,” Torres explained.

“I just like felt, like happy, just the fact that someone had that kindness in their heart to help me was nice,” Irigoyen added. “I just want to say how grateful I am … that they helped me and that I’m alive now because of them.”



The man is believed to be a dental surgeon, according to KGTV, though he has not yet been identified or stepped forward.

“I think they’re angels,” a teary Torres told KGTV. “God put them there for a reason … I think it’s a great time to find them, and tell them what a great thing they did … What they did was just amazing.”

“They saved me!” said Irigoyen. “They’re the reason I’m here right now … I would just hug them. No words to express how thankful I am.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Lily Irigoyen, 14, from Escondido, California, was headed to Westfield North County Mall with a friend to do some shopping on May 23 when Irigoyen’s life was turned upside down. As she was crossing a street — using a crosswalk — a driver failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the teenager. She immediately blacked out. Two other drivers saw what had happened and raced to help. Police later said that a female good Samaritan called 911 and contacted Irigoyen’s family using her cell phone, and a man performed CPR on the teen’s lifeless body — an act that would later turn out to have made all the difference. The girl’s mother, Isabel Torres, remembers getting the call that broke her heart. “Her dad called me that she was in an accident and she was airlifted to the hospital,” she told KNSD. Irigoyen had suffered a long list of serious injuries, including a damaged kidney, a broken arm, a broken leg, a broken hip and a punctured lung. Worst of all, she had also suffered a brain injury. For three weeks, the teen was in a coma. Even after coming out of it, she had to stay at the hospital for six months, recovering. She finally made it home in August, and her mom has hope that she will recover. “We’re getting there,” Torres told KNSD. “With time, I think she’s going to get better and better.” Police later said that, while the driver who hit the teen was determined to be at fault, no criminal charges were made. After a recent checkup, Irigoyen has a new goal: To find and thank the good Samaritan who saved her life. “The doctor told her that everything that happened and she mentioned that, thanks to the person that…

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Brian Laundrie’s Parents Flee Florida Home as ‘For Sale’ Sign Appears Outside

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Brian Laundrie’s parents may be looking for a new place to live after weeks of scrutiny on the couple.

Their North Port, Florida, home now has a “For Sale by Owner” sign in the front yard, according to the New York Post.

The house became the site of a media circus, with outlets looking for answers in the death of Laundrie’s fiancee Gabby Petito and the whereabouts of Laundrie himself.

Petito’s remains were found at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Laundrie was found dead at the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida in October.

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Laundrie’s lawyer announced that he had died by suicide, with a gunshot wound to the head.

As for Chris and Roberta Laundrie, rumors ran rampant that they knew the whereabouts of their son, who was the sole murder suspect in Petito’s death.

The Post reported that neighbors took advantage of the Laundrie couple having the spotlight, with some even renting their front yards to media outlets for up to $3,500 a week in order to pester the pair around the clock.

No charges have been filed against the parents, but their “lack of cooperation” at times during the investigation may have created unnecessary obstacles, according to a North Port police spokesman last month.

According to WNBC-TV, authorities mistook Roberta Laundrie for her son as she drove his Mustang home at the beginning of the manhunt, a move viewed as part of the parents’ resistance to complying fully with investigators early on.

“Other than confusion, it likely changed nothing. We just wanted people to better understand why we thought we knew Brian was in his home,” North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said Oct. 29, the outlet reported.

The family’s attorney, Steve Bertolino, has remained firm that his clients fully complied with the investigation, but was talking with law enforcement in November, WFLA-TV reported.

Still, there is no indication as of now that the parents will have charges against them.

If the couple decides to leave their home, they might want to consider changing their names and buying fake mustaches to protect their identity.

Based on the attitude of their current neighbors, it would not be surprising if they were met with hostility wherever they choose to move.

For now, the toughest task will be finding a new owner for the property, which has now become a symbol for one of the most highly followed crime stories of the century.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Brian Laundrie’s parents may be looking for a new place to live after weeks of scrutiny on the couple. Their North Port, Florida, home now has a “For Sale by Owner” sign in the front yard, according to the New York Post. The house became the site of a media circus, with outlets looking for answers in the death of Laundrie’s fiancee Gabby Petito and the whereabouts of Laundrie himself. Petito’s remains were found at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Laundrie was found dead at the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida in October. Laundrie’s lawyer announced that he had died by suicide, with a gunshot wound to the head. As for Chris and Roberta Laundrie, rumors ran rampant that they knew the whereabouts of their son, who was the sole murder suspect in Petito’s death. The Post reported that neighbors took advantage of the Laundrie couple having the spotlight, with some even renting their front yards to media outlets for up to $3,500 a week in order to pester the pair around the clock. No charges have been filed against the parents, but their “lack of cooperation” at times during the investigation may have created unnecessary obstacles, according to a North Port police spokesman last month. According to WNBC-TV, authorities mistook Roberta Laundrie for her son as she drove his Mustang home at the beginning of the manhunt, a move viewed as part of the parents’ resistance to complying fully with investigators early on. “Other than confusion, it likely changed nothing. We just wanted people to better understand why we thought we knew Brian was in his home,” North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said Oct. 29, the outlet reported. The family’s attorney, Steve Bertolino, has remained firm that his clients fully complied with the investigation, but was…

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