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11-Year-Old Boy Becomes One of the Youngest to Get Artificial Heart


WLS(CHICAGO) -- An Illinois boy has become one of the youngest people to receive an artificial heart after recently getting the life-saving device implanted at age 11, doctors said.Jaheim Whigham is the youngest person to be given a new kind of artificial heart originally designed for women, according to the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.Jaheim underwent a heart transplant at age 7 after being diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a birth defect that

Study: Nearly 1 in 5 Trauma Patients in Chicago Area Are Treated in Ill-Equipped


iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- With dramatic increases in shootings and homicides in Chicago in recent years, more and more patients are being taken to hospitals with traumatic injuries. However, a new study finds that many patients with traumatic injuries are being taken to hospitals not designated to handle these type of wounds.Nearly one in five patients who should be taken to a designated level 1 trauma center from 2009 to 2013 were instead taken to local community hospitals in the Chicago ar

Tom Price's Last Known Plan to Replace Obamacare


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — With President-elect Donald Trump pledging to "repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many have been looking for signs of what a replacement plan might look like. One clue may be a plan proposed in 2015 by Trump’s pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, who faces his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday.Price, who has been a longtime critic of the ACA, is a member of the House GOP Doctors Caucus, w

"GMA" Workout Wednesday: Celebrity Trainer Harley Pasternak Leads 'Legsanity' Ro


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak is bringing his exclusive "Legsanity" workout to a special GMA live stream."This workout is all about toning, tightening, sculpting an incredible lower body," he told GMA. "The lower body is the foundation of the whole body. Without strong legs, there is no strong body."Pasternak, a best-selling author and Fitbit Ambassador, is leading a workout live-streamed on ABCNews.com/live and on the GMA Facebook page Wednesday. Fitbit

Illinois Brothers Welcome First-Born Children on Same Day


iStock/Thinkstock(AURORA, Ill.) — Illinois brothers Jose and Ivan Favela are used to sharing the spotlight: They announced their engagements on the same day, they married their wives, side by side, in a joint wedding ceremony, and on Sunday, they both welcomed their first-born children, ABC-owned station WLS reported."He said, 'You're going to be an uncle.' I was telling him, 'You're going to be an uncle too,'" Jose Favela told WLS.The baby boys, Rodrigo and Josue, were born just steps awa

Mom's Plea for Acceptance for Son with Autism


Nicole Duggan(DUBLIN) -- One mom's New Year's resolution has been far more successful than she planned."I never expected it to get around Ireland, let alone get to America," Nicole Duggan told ABC News.The Cork, Ireland, mom's Facebook post is being shared around the world. Her son, Riley, is 3 years old and has autism."I have wanted to post it for a long time, and I never did," Duggan said. "But I just decided that now was the time and 2017 was the year we would make a difference and try to spr

Hundreds of Strangers Raise Over $40K to Keep 108-Year-Old Ohio Woman in Her Ass


Courtesy Susan Hatfield(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Hundreds of strangers have raised more than $40,000 so that a 108-year-old woman can stay in her assisted living home in Columbus, Ohio.Carrie Lou Rausch has been living at the home, Sunrise on the Scioto, for the past three years since she was 105, according to her 67-year-old daughter, Susan Hatfield."To put it delicately, I didn't know she would live to be 108, and towards the end of last year, I knew she was getting low on funds," Hatfield told ABC

CBO: 18 Million Could Lose Insurance in a Year Under Obamacare Repeal


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Repealing Obamacare without replacement could leave 18 million Americans without health insurance within a year and 32 million by 2026, according to a new estimate from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.The estimate, prepared at the request of Senate Democrats, is based on the partial repeal bill Republicans sent to President Obama's desk in 2015. Obama vetoed the measure and Congress was not able to override it.The office also estimated that individual

William, Kate and Harry Speak Out on Mental Health


Karwai Tang/WireImage(LONDON) -- Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince Harry marked the New Year with their first joint engagement Tuesday to raise awareness of their high-profile mental health campaign.The royal trio, who founded Heads Together to change the conversation on mental health, arrived at the Institute of Contemporary Art in central London for a briefing on their upcoming plans for the next phase of their mental health charity.William spoke first at the event, encouraging people to

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