Rescue at Sea Defies Odds

5 most uplifting stories of the week
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2014 5:15 AM CST

(Newser) – A miracle rescue at sea and a hospital's over-and-above efforts for a dying patient are among the week's uplifting stories:

  • Man Saved After 2 Days at Sea: When a life jacket isn't within reach, just grab a cooler. Fisherman Solano Salazar is alive courtesy of the foam icebox he grabbed onto as his fishing boat capsized off the coast of Colombia. It kept him afloat for two days until his dramatic rescue.
  • Woman Gets Dying Wish: Visit From Beloved Horse: A 77-year-old woman in the UK died of cancer this week, but not before a memorable last wish was granted. Sheila Marsh wanted to see Bronwen, a horse she had cared for over the last 25 years, and staff at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan made it happen.

  • Surgeon Successfully Operates on Surgeon Who Delivered Him: Almost half a century ago, a Sacramento obstetrician named Jim Affleck delivered an infant named Robert. Now that baby has grown into a doctor himself, and he recently returned the favor, in a way. When Affleck needed heart surgery, some familiar hands were ready to help.
  • Bride Takes Extra-Special Walk Down Aisle: Natalie Allan lives with a disease that causes her joints to dislocate up to 300 times in a single day, and she normally uses a wheelchair. "Just a sneeze can pop out a rib, a shoulder, finger, or knee," says the Scottish 24-year-old. But on her wedding day, she was determined to walk down the aisle—and she pulled it off.
  • After Her Fiance Dies, Woman Raises Money to Have Their Child: A 22-year-old woman is going ahead with plans to have a child by her fiance, who was killed in a motorcycle accident. What's unusual is that she wasn't pregnant when he died.
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