An eight-year old girl has finally fulfilled her dream of coming face-to-face with her favorite animal – a koala bear. While this may not be a big deal for some people, the family of the the little girl was extremely happy and grateful, especially because she is only given less than a year to live.
Katie Higginbotham, an 8-year old girl from Texas, may have not been able to fly to Australia to see a koala bear, but still got to see not only one but two: Oz and Katherine, both Queensland koalas at the Palm Beach Zoo. While the little girl’s family originally planned to fly to Australia to see the koalas there, her health condition makes the original plan out of the question. The young girl was diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma, a type of tumor on the brain stem, in October 2016.
Katie Higginbotham has been diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma, a type of tumor on the brain stem and is only given months to live.
While Katie has already undergone several chemotherapy and radiation treatments, things only got worse for her. When she had a brain surgery last February to have the cyst removed, it was revealed that her brain cancer is more aggressive than what the doctors originally thought.
With Make-A-Wish Foundation and Palm Beach Zoo in Florida joining hands, Katie’s wish to see a koala bear up close and personal has finally been realized.
Because of the aggressiveness of her cancer, doctors have already thrown in the towel and given Katie only months to live. With Make-A-Wish Foundation and Palm Beach Zoo joining hands to make the remaining days of Katie as memorable as possible, she finally got to fulfill one of her wishes.
Katie’s mother said the experience has painted a well-deserved smile on her child’s face, and it is something that the little girl will always remember.
The Higginbothams took a flight from Texas to Florida, where Katie finally had her wish fulfilled. As the Palm Beach Zoo is the only zoo in the United States that allows visitors to get close to koalas, Katie and her family not only had her photos taken with the marsupials but also got to learn more about them.
Lori, Katie’s mom, said in an interview:
“It’s just nice to see her smile. She deserves it.
“She’ll remember it forever,”the teary-eyed mother added.
Father And Son Adopted Nine Siblings Because They Can’t Stand Seeing Them Separated
As the father and son just live a few homes away from each other, the siblings get to see each other on a regular basis.
There is no questioning that, despite the ills that come with Facebook, the social media platform still serves a greater good. Case in point is a post about eight children as young as months old to 14, looking for a home to adopt them. As the said post went viral, it caught the attention of Thad and his son, Jacob, both of whom, eventually, decided to take in the children after some deliberation.
"I thought, 'Man, if I had the financial means to do this, we would definitely do it. Literally the next day, my mom calls me and she's like, 'So, are you serious about the kids?'" Jacob, a married full-time college student, said in an interview as he revealed what he felt after seeing the said social media post.
When Jason saw a Facebook post that nine siblings were up for adoption, he wished he could adopt all of them.
Indian Man Reunites With Family After 40 Years, Thanks To YouTube
They thought he was already dead!
An Indian man went missing 40 years ago after leaving home without saying goodbye. While his family thought that he had already died, he has been reunited with them, thanks to a YouTube video.
Khomdram Gambhir Singh was only 26 years old when he left his home in a remote village in Manipur, an Indian state. Without saying any goodbye when he left and not contacting any of his family members after leaving, it is pretty understandable why his family thought that he had already passed away.
Khomdram Gambhir Singh left his family home when he was only 26 years old.
Depressed Girl Shares Her Unique But Effective Experience With Psychiatrist
As a result, she immediately learned to stop talking negatively about herself!
Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety are very real. Although there is still stigma surrounding it, many are more open to accepting it is a serious, real clinical condition. Fortunately, more and more people suffering from it are getting the help they need.
One girl in particular shared her interesting story online. Her psychiatrist, Paul, had a unique but effective method in making her feel better by the end of a session.