In 2010, people were shocked by the story of an Indonesian boy named Ardi Rizal. At that time, he was just two years old but he was already smoking 40 cigarettes a day.
In fact, a video showing Ardi chain-smoking became viral — but for all the wrong reasons. People all over the world expressed their outrage over it. After all, how many toddlers are allowed to smoke? Yet, here was Ardi puffing away like a human chimney. It was later revealed that he smoked his first cigarette when he was just 18 months old.
In 2010, the sight of 2-year-old Ardi Rizal smoking shocked people.
The attitude of Ardi’s parents didn’t help. His mother, Diane, had reasoned, “If he doesn’t get cigarettes, he gets angry and screams and batters his head against the wall. He tells me he feels dizzy and sick.”
Meanwhile, Ardi’s father Mohamed pointed out that his son “looked healthy enough,” so he saw nothing wrong with the boy’s cigarette obsession.
Ardi's changing look in a span of six years.
Then again, public outrage pushed the Rizals to change their ways.
As Ardi’s story became the object of global disgust, the Indonesian government intervened and placed Ardi in a rehabilitation program to stamp out his nasty habit. Later on, the Indonesian government launched a nationwide campaign to put a stop to childhood smoking.
Ardi, at around 4 years old, with his parents.
Due to the fact that Ardi’s addiction was indulged when he was still so young, rehabilitation proved to be a very challenging task.
At some point, Ardi developed a constant craving for food (junk food, most especially) to replace his craving for cigarettes. He became morbidly obese. Thus, he had to undergo separate treatment to overcome his food-related issues.
Ardi when he was addicted to junk food and Ardi at present.
It was Dr. Kak Seto, a psychiatrist, who ultimately helped mArdi kick his addictions. He imposed play therapy sessions, which helped keep Ardi’s mind off cigarettes and other possible addiction triggers. A nutritionist was also tasked to prescribe a healthy diet for Ardi.
Flashback: Ardi in 2010.
These days, Ardi is looking so much better, as he has managed to quit smoking and eat healthy.
Mother’s Viral Facebook Post Reveals Heart-Wrenching Story About Ugandan Babies.
The story behind this mother’s Facebook post is heartbreaking.
Couples especially those who are just starting to build their own family can relate to the daily struggles that come with parenting. The lack of sleep, less time for yourself and the need for more patience. Attending to the baby's needs, changing diapers and waking up in the wee hours to a crying child. All these and more can be frustrating and yet fulfilling too. The beauty and horrors of parenting, so they say.
Meanwhile, this mother's Facebook post that has since gone viral reveals a powerful message about parenthood. And what seems like a typical photo shared by a proud first time mother hides a heartbreaking story which struck people most.
Here's the photo of Dayna Mager with her 5-month-old baby captured by her husband Matt.
This Pig Surfs Better Than You Ever Will
And he’s living the life!
“This little piggy went to market,
And this little piggy stayed home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
And this little piggy had none.
But this little piggy went…
‘Wee wee wee!’ all the way to sea…”
Several things people know about pigs: they’re fat, pot-bellied, and wobble their way through life on four plump legs.
Except this one pig. His name is Kama, and he loves the water....
This Amazing Woman Uses Couponing To Help Feed 30,000 Hungry People
Faith in humanity restored! <3
It’s always amazing when we hear about people doing their part to make the world a better place – like Lauren Puryear of Woodbridge, New Jersey.
This kindhearted 29-year-old woman has set an overwhelming goal to provide 30,000 meals to needy people by her 30th birthday.