5 Most Uplifting Stories of the Week

And a New Zealand boy with fading eyesight gets to watch his Celtics
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2014 6:21 AM CDT
5 Most Uplifting Stories of the Week
Dave Hickman found a baby girl 58 years ago in a field where he was squirrel hunting.   (Shutterstock)

A pair of reunions between children who needed a save decades ago and the people who rescued them make this week's list:

  • Man Tracks Down Abandoned Baby He Saved in 1955: Dave Hickman was 14 when he found a days-old baby girl left to die in the Indiana field where he was squirrel hunting. After hearing a cooing noise, he stumbled upon the infant, cold, wet, and "laying in the brush and sticks ... looking up me," says Hickman, who finally tracked Mary Ellen Suey down in December after 58 years. The two have talked by phone and plan to meet in May. "There was an instant bond between Ellen and me," says Hickman.
  • Firefighter Reunites With Man He Saved 46 Years Ago: A retired Buffalo firefighter and the man whose life he saved 46 years ago. Vincent Fildes, 87, and Patrick Weatherspoon met at a cafe for the first time since Fildes rescued Weatherspoon—just 4 at the time—from his burning home. The boy was severely burned but survived.
  • Boy Going Blind Sees Dream Come True: Louie Corbett's dream was to see the Boston Celtics play ball—a dream made all the more urgent due to the 12-year-old's degenerative eye disease that will soon render him blind. This week, the New Zealand boy got his wish with a VIP visit to Boston's TD Garden to see his favorite team in action. "He cares about nothing else," says his mom.
  • Driver Saves Dog on Freeway: A Good Samaritan driving on a Houston freeway pulled over and rescued an injured dog that had somehow found its way into the center of the HOV lane. Rickey Young finally coaxed the skittish yellow lab to safety with a sandwich from his truck. Vets treated the dog for internal bleeding and broken bones.
  • Girl With MS Among Fastest Young Runners in US: Kayla Montgomery is an 18-year-old distance runner who won the North Carolina state title last month and whose time in the 3,200 meters ranks her among the nation's elite in her age group. But Montgomery accomplished all that with multiple sclerosis along for the ride. In fact, the disease may have actually helped her as a runner.
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