Selfless Act Saves Others
5 most uplifting stories of the week
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2014 5:30 AM CDT
From left to right, Israeli trekkers Linor Kajan, Yakov Megreli and Maya Ora talk about their rescue from a blizzard in the Himalayas.   (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

(Newser) – A Himalayan porter's bravery and a Florida teen's moving dog adoption highlight this week's list:

  • Man Sacrifices Life to Save 20 in Himalayan Blizzard: An amazing tale of sacrifice out of the Nepal blizzard that claimed lives in the Himalayas: A group of Israeli trekkers who were rescued on the Annapurna Circuit tell the Himalayan Times that porter Pasang Tamang saved their lives, and the lives of many others, by directing them through the snow. They can't thank him, however, because he lost his own life while doing so.
  • Teen Who Lost Leg Rescues Dog Who Did, Too: A Florida teen who lost a leg in an ATV accident last year is now adjusting to life with a prosthetic. The added twist, though, is that Sam Sartain's mom happened to be looking at a website for dachshund rescues and spotted a dog who lost a leg after getting hit by a car. Pooh needed a home. See where this is headed?

  • Man Blind for Decades Sees Again With Bionic Eye: It's been 33 years since Larry Hester started going blind. But thanks to a new bionic eye, the 66-year-old is experiencing vision once again. Granted, "it's not vision as we traditionally know it," says a Duke University scientist tells Duke Medicine. But "turning this device on allows him to experience a whole new world." If all goes well, it could restore vision for thousands more.
  • Keeping Childhood Promise, Brothers Split Jackpot: "When I was a kid, I promised my brother that if I ever won the lottery, I would split it with him," says Eric Hale. But instead of pleading amnesia when he found out he'd won a Powerball jackpot of $1 million last month, the Oregon man knew who would get the first phone call.
  • Parrot Missing 4 Years Returns: A British man in Torrance, Calif., isn't quite sure where his parrot Nigel was for the last four years—but he's pretty sure a Spanish-speaking man called Larry was involved. That's because Nigel showed back up, but he most definitely wasn't speaking with a British accent anymore.
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