When you’re a kid, it’s pretty unavoidable that you’ll get caught up in all kinds of dangerous situations while playing outside. Whether that involves breaking your arm while playing on a jungle gym, or accidentally grazing your knees by running too fast for the ice cream truck.
But few kids know this better than 11-year-old Jordan Spraggs:
He was rescued by a group of strangers after a hole he was digging collapsed on him at a beach south of Adelaide, Australia.
Jordan had no idea what he would suffer when he dug a one-and-a-half meter hole in the sand at the popular vacation destination, Horseshoe Bay.
When the hole collapsed, he became completely trapped in the sand. “It was up to, probably, around an inch above my head,” Jordan told 9News.
Jordan opened up about the immense fear he felt as he shouted for help, but he couldn’t shout loud enough for anyone to hear.
Darien Bauer, who was at the scene, attempted to calm the boy’s mother down while trying to figure out how to help the child breathe.
He ran to a nearby caravan park and explained all to an off-duty police officer called Lenny Carlier who helped the group to bring the boy back to safety.
“We got a snorkel out the back of the car and ran down there and then obviously when we rocked up, he was fairly well buried in,” he said.
Unfortunately, the snorkel had failed them so instead, they decided to use a piece of garden hose to allow Jordan to get some air.
The police officer told the group of onlookers to dig all the way from the back of the hole towards him and the shore so that the hole would not collapse any further.
A half-hour later, the boy was eventually retrieved from the hole to the immense relief of his family. Then finally his mother “shoveled all the sand around [his] face and she got it all out of [his] mouth, so [he] could breathe.”
Jordan and his family expressed their gratitude to the group of rescuers including his grandfather, Bill Spraggs, who referred to them as “heroes”.
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I don’t know what bedtime stories you were told as a child, but for me, they all seemed to focus on the perils involved in going into places densely populated by trees. Be it Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretal or Jungle Book, they all had a sinister undertone that acted as a deterrent for getting too curious.
To add to that list of folktales is the very real story of Lee Brooke, who lost his nose and upper lip after being savagely attacked by a grizzly bear whilst hunting in the mountains of Wyoming.
It’s a miracle that the Pennsylvania-native lived to tell the incredible tale after his brutal encounter with the mother bear, who had her two cubs in tow at the time of the incident.
The 61-year-old tried to fight back against the creature after “a voice in [his] head said ‘don’t play dead’,” but despite his best efforts, he was totally overpowered.
After being dragged 50 yards down the mountain whilst unconscious, Lee awoke to find that he couldn’t see. “[I] didn’t know what was wrong with me,” he told This Morning, explaining how he could see when he looked down, but not when looking ahead.
However, the cause of Lee’s inability to see quickly became clear when he looked down at his feet and saw his nose and mustache.
If you thought the story couldn’t get any more intense, then hold on tight because it’s only just getting started.
Listen to Lee tell his shocking story in the video below…
Thankfully, Lee’s brother-in-law found his nose and put it in his pocket. Later, he handed it to medical staff who then attached it to Lee’s arm in an attempt to keep it alive.
“They reattached it on my arm the next day and use leeches to get the blood flowing and keep it alive,” Lee explains. “Most of my nose is here, it didn’t all survive because it was such a long time without blood flow but they have enough to work with.”
Lee is now waiting for his nose to be reattached in a reconstruction process that could take “a year or two years, to complete”. Meanwhile, there was nothing medical professionals could do to rescue his mustache and upper lip.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish Lee the very best with his recovery and applaud the brilliance of modern-day technology for being able to reunite him with his nose!
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If Meghan Markle thought that she’d be able to seamlessly swap Hollywood for Buckingham Palace, she was hugely mistaken. Not only has the 36-year-old former-actress had to contend with the public’s perception of her, but also the continued efforts of her family to sabotage the entire thing.
If it wasn’t for the fact that Markle is a self-made woman with an impressive acting career behind her, you could say that her story is very similar to that of Cinderella.
Her life before fame, however, wasn’t quite a fairytale. Here are the parts Meghan would rather you forget…
Of course, we all know how that fairytale goes, in the end, Cinderella lives happily ever after with her handsome prince while her bitter step-sisters are left to wallow in their green-eyed pit of jealousy.
Clearly, nobody was read this particular fable in the Markle household. Maybe if they had, Markle’s family wouldn’t be so keen to make such a public spectacle of themselves.
Having not received invites to the society wedding of the year, the Markle family are understandably miffed. The fact that most of them haven’t spoken to the Suits star since 2011 does little to tame their rage about the snub.
But rather than get the hint, Markle’s half-brother, Thomas Jr. has decided to speak out against his blood relative. The 51-year-old from Oregon was not shy when he launched into an attack on his baby half-sister whilst speaking to The Daily Mirror.
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When you’re young, you actively seek to fit in with everyone else as best you can. If you want to survive high school without any persistent drama and bullying, you naturally believe that blending in with the crowd is your best bet. However, for some people, this isn’t always a feasible option.
People who were born with certain distinctive features really have no choice in the matter and the exclusion and spitefulness that often follows them around can do a lot of damage to their self-worth.
Marimar Quiroa used to have such little self-confidence that she would insist on hiding her face when she was in public, but now she proudly shows off her beauty to her thousands of online followers.
Learn more about the make-up and beauty vlogger here:
The 21-year-old California native was born with a facial tumor known as cystic hygroma, a condition that has forced her to communicate with others using sign language.
However, she has now decided that she won’t let anything prevent her from realizing her potential, including her tumor.
She has truly redefined what we see as “classically beautiful” and seeks to emphasize self-love amongst young people
“To me, beauty means to accept yourself for who you are and to ignore what other people tell you,” the young student explained. “You show your beauty how it is, it doesn’t matter if you have a different looking face, accept yourself how you are.”
Her mother, Maria, was completely unaware that her daughter had the condition until after she was born.
“It has affected my mouth since before birth,”Marimar said. “Before, my face and head were bigger and I went through the process of many surgeries over several years to shrink my face and mouth to what you see today.”
“It affects me in several ways. I cannot speak, I breathe through a hole in my throat, I eat through a tube in my stomach and the hearing in my right ear is diminished.”
Since she was very young, Marimar has undergone a number of procedures with the aim of shrinking the size of the tumor.
However, Marimar has now decided to embrace what she was born with and feels much happier for it.
“When I was younger I would talk to myself in the mirror,” she recalled. “I would tell myself I was beautiful. I would encourage myself and list all the things that were good about me and it built my confidence through the years. What I like about makeup and beauty is imagining new looks, especially around the eyes, and showing people they’re beautiful no matter what.”
We wish Marimar nothing but the best for her future and hope she continues to inspire people and help them realize that they really are beautiful.
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