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Boy with autism reunites with special bear after mother sparks widespread search

A Canadian boy was reunited with his favorite stuffed animal after losing it during a busy day out with his mother.

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Jessica Hoffart said she was out with her son, Lucas, when the 2-year-old's "best friend," a teddy bear, sometimes called Teddy and sometimes called Bear, went missing. 

Losing Teddy was particularly stressful because Lucas, who has autism, is used to having Teddy with him each day. The loss disrupted Lucas' daily routines.

"As Lucas has autism, it's very hard for him not having his best friend and safety toy," Hoffart wrote on Facebook. 

"He feeds the bear, he takes the bear to bed, he takes the bear everywhere he goes. He has dinner with Teddy and whenever he is walking, he holds the bear. When he has meltdowns … he really needs the bear," she told "Today."

This is Teddy, he is Lucas best friend and is missing. He was last seen on October 8th Brittania (Might have fallen from...Posted by Jessica Hoffart on Monday, October 10, 2016

Hoffart said she thought the bear might have fallen out of Lucas' stroller on Oct. 8 when the mother and son were traveling around Toronto. 

When her Facebook community wasn't initially able to help her find Teddy, she got worried. Hoffart tried offering Lucas another bear, but he refused it and contined to ask about Teddy's whereabouts. The company that made the stuffed animal no longer manufactored the same teddy bear.

"It was very hard for us to keep on our routine," Hoffart told "Today." "It was sad not only for him, but it was sad for me, too. It was like part of my baby was missing."

So Hoffart increased her search efforts. 

She made posters. She searched around the neigborhood. She created a Let's Find Teddy page on Facebook and a Let's Find Teddy Twitter account

Eventually, her efforts went viral, and television outlets picked up the story.

"That support was incredible," Hoffart said. "People know it is hard for autistic kids and how hard it is for them to be without safety toys or safety blankets."

Just three days after Teddy went missing, a woman came forward. Sandra Morales said she had been walking to the grocery store with her son when they saw the bear on the ground. Her son picked up the bear with plans to keep it. But that was before Morales saw Hoffart's story on the news.

Teddy and Lucas were later reunited.

"He was jumping and skipping with how happy he was," Hoffart said. "He grabbed the bear and hugged the bear and put the bear near his face. I have no words to tell you how surprised and how happy I am with all the response."

Hello everyone! Our journey is not always easy. But for sure always worth it. I believe that I am learning way more from...Posted by Let's Find Teddy on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Couple says goodbye to 168th foster child

A couple married 52 years is closing a chapter of their life after fostering their 168th child.

Sandy and Bud Wilwerding of Omaha, Nebraska, told KETV that it won’t be easy to say goodbye to the two boys who are currently living with them. After the boys leave, they will no longer be fostering any children.

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They’ve been fostering children for 46 years.

“It’s going to be an adjustment,” Bud said. “Not on my end, but on her end. It will be a big adjustment.”

Sandy says she was convinced to start fostering children after hearing a radio ad.

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“I heard on the radio, ‘If you have room in your house for one.’ Sure I have room. I only had one and from there it voomed,” she told KETV.

The couple has four children of their own and 12 grandchildren. They say they hope to spend some more time with their grandkids.

“I don’t think I did anything unique,” Sandy said. “I know a lot of people who have done it 20 to 30 years. Lots of kids and probably did it better than me. I don’t feel like I’m that unique.”

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A mom couldn't believe her son's kindness when he asked her to pack 2 lunches for him

A mother is feeling proud of her son after he went above and beyond to make sure a hungry classmate had something to eat at lunch time.

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Josette Duran of Albuquerque, New Mexico, told KOAT that at first, she was confused when her son asked her to pack two lunches every day for school.

“He said, ‘No, Mom. It’s for this little boy at school. He sits by himself and all he eats is a fruit cup,'” Duran said.

Duran later found out that the boy’s single mother had lost her job and had been struggling financially.

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“This hits home for me, because a few years ago, me and my son were homeless. I was living in my car. I was washing him in bathrooms. We didn’t have food,” Duran said.

When the woman found out Duran was feeding her son, she tried to pay her back, but Duran refused.

The school’s volleyball team also raised $400 for Duran to show their gratitude. Duran refused the money again, giving it instead to the school cafeteria to pay off all the past-due balances on students’ accounts.

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“So now no one in that school owes to anybody, and everybody can eat,” Duran said in a viral Facebook Live video.

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Oregon family creates Halloween costumes for kids in wheelchairs

Brianna Chambers contributed to this story.

A nonprofit organization started by an Oregon-based family seeks to put a smile on the face of every child in a wheelchair.

Ryan and Lana Weimer, the founders of Magic Wheelchair, have five children, three of whom were born with spinal muscular atrophy, which requires the use of wheelchairs their whole lives.

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Ryan Weimer wrote on the nonprofit's website that he and his son were talking years ago about Halloween costumes. His son said he wanted to be pirate.

"During a magical thinking moment I realized, 'Keaton has this wheelchair he cruises around in, and every pirate needs a ship, so let's just build one around his chair,'" Weimer wrote.

Since then, Weimer has made the biggest, "baddest" costumes possible for his sons, Keaton and Bryce. 

"When you know that you have few memories to make with your kids, you want to make priceless ones," Weimer told NBC News.

Once news of the costumes spread, Ryan began receiving requests from parents around the world asking if he would transform their children's wheelchairs into "magic."

The Weimer family project became a hugely successful nonprofit, called Magic Wheelchair. The group has made costumes in which wheelchairs have been transformed into a Mario Kart, a SpongeBob boat, a "Frozen" ice castle and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles van.

"Giving families and kids those experiences that we've been able to have year after year, it's awesome. I love it,” Weimer told BuzzFeed News last year. "My kids are seen as superstars and not looked at with sympathetic eyes or sadness."

Teams of volunteers in communities nationwide help build the incredible costumes and create unforgettable moments for children during Halloween. It takes hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to make children's dreams come true through the project.

"When we have challenges and trials and hard times, those are the things that define us," Weimer told NBC. "It doesn't matter your circumstances, you can still make beautiful things ... and it's great to see other people get behind that." 

Magic Wheelchair made eight costumes for children last year, two in Georgia and six in Oregon.

Weimer said he doesn't want Magic Wheelchair to make the costumes for Halloween only. He told ABC News that the group wants children to "roll in (the decorated wheelchairs) all year round" and to even "go shopping with Mom in a dragon."

"It's not a cure," Weimer, who has also worked as a nurse, told Buzzfeed. "I wish I was smart enough to come up with something like that. It's a cure for a day. It helps them forget. It helps other people see them as kids, and not just a kid in a wheelchair."

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Woman gives birth to baby boy on Massachusetts Turnpike

A woman gave birth to a baby boy on the Massachusetts Turnpike on Sunday.

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State police say they received a call Sunday night from a Framingham couple, saying the woman was in labor.

The couple had been driving east and pulled into a parking lot near exit 18.

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State police say troopers and Boston EMS responded. They were unable to get the woman to the hospital before she gave birth. State police say she delivered a baby boy in the back of an ambulance around 7:35 p.m. The woman and baby were then taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.

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State police say it was "excellent work by all involved."

They have not identified the couple.

No other information was immediately available.

Make-A-Wish helps 7-year-old Jedi defeat Darth Vader

The force was definitely with this one. A couple hundred people gathered at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Saturday night to witness 7-year-old Brady defeat Darth Vader.

To become a Jedi Knight — to save everyone from evil — that’s been Brady’s wish for years. And who can blame him? He’s spent much of his life fighting tumors that have attacked his body.

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The battle was intense, but the crowd had Brady’s back as he pushed his hand out toward Vader, using the Force to weaken the dark master who fell from the amphitheater stairs and fled the scene with his storm troopers.

Brady’s advice to all the other kids in the city who want Darth Vader to go down? “I would tell them to be brave,” he said.

The Star Wars fan’s dream became a reality thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation of Southern Florida, who put together an electrifying spectacle featuring light sabers, Jedi Knights, themed-music, a show of laser lights and even an appearance from Chewbacca and R2-D2. It was definitely a night everyone will remember, especially Brady and his family. You can see it on The Post’s Facebook Live.

Armed with his own light saber, Brady, a resident of West Palm, arrived in a SWAT vehicle ready to kick some butt. And he did. After a few minutes of jumping, swinging and kicking, the boy who’s no stranger to fighting, saved West Palm Beach (and possibly all of South Florida) from the dark forces.

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The Jedi master received advanced Jedi training by the local SWAT team in order to face Darth Vader and his troops. Brady was later honored with a key to the city by West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio and Police Chief Bryan Kummerlen.

To learn more about Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, which grants a wish every 16 hours, at an average cost of $5,000 each, for children in 13 Florida counties and the U.S. Virgin Islands, click here.

The heartwarming reason a police chief follows a school bus for special-needs children every day

Before sunrise every morning, Ralls, Texas, Police Chief Steven Longoria follows a school bus as it picks up seven special-needs students.

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“It started probably mid to last school year,” Longoria told KLBK.

Longoria said he got several complaints from concerned parents that people were not stopping for the bus as kids were boarding in the dark, early hours of the morning.

“Safety is a top priority, especially for special-needs kids,” Longoria said. “It’s just something we have to do. It’s hard enough to keep a lot of them on the bus. You don’t want one getting off and getting hit by a car that doesn’t want to stop.”

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Longoria lives in a small town and knows all the kids on the school bus. His kids often play with them at his house.

He said he’s happy to go the extra mile in the morning to make sure everyone gets to school safely.

“We have pretty good citizen support here,” Chief Longoria said. “But to know the kids appreciate it as well as the adults – it makes us feel like we are doing the right thing here.”

Mamas & Papas Armadillo stroller recalled

A popular line of strollers is being recalled because of a potential falling hazard.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that Mamas & Papas has issued a voluntary recall of its Armadillo Flip Strollers.

A loose latch can allow the seat to tip back which poses a falling hazard to infants.

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About 3,000 strollers have been sold. There have been 10 reports of the seats falling back.

No children have been hurt.

The company is instructing parents to stop using the stroller and send it to them for repair. Officials said it hopes to return the stroller to owners within two weeks.

They were sold at Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby and Amazon among other retailers from December 2014 through July. The strollers cost between $500 and $550.

The recalled strollers have lot codes 00814 to 00416 for the Armadillo Flip and 01214 to 00416 for the Armadillo Flip XT.

For more information, as well as information on where to send the strollers for repair, consumers can call Mamas & Papas at 800-309-6312 or visit the company's website and click on the button that says "Voluntary Recall Notice" in the upper left corner. 

FDA: 10 children's deaths may be linked to homeopathic teething tablets

The deaths of 10 children may be linked to homeopathic tablets that claim to relieve babies' teething pain, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

CNN reports that the FDA is looking into the deaths and 400 "adverse events" reported to the agency.

>> Don't give kids homeopathic teething tablets, FDA warns parents

"The relationship of these deaths to the homeopathic teething products has not yet been determined and is currently under review," the FDA said in a statement, according to CNN.

The news comes less than two weeks after the FDA warned parents against using the products amid reports of infants and children having seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy and other health issues after taking the tablets.

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On Tuesday, Hyland's announced it will no longer distribute its teething products in the U.S.

"Many retailers, because of the announcement, have chosen to stop selling homeopathic teething medicines in their stores while others have not," the company said in a letter on its website. "We are confident that any available Hyland’s teething products, including those you already have, are safe for use. Of course, parents who may have concerns should consult with their physicians before using any medicines, read labels carefully and follow all instructions."

Read more here.

Hospital worker explains why parents pay to hold their newborns

A Reddit post recently went viral when a man claimed that he and his wife were charged $39.35 to "hold (their) baby after he was born."

>> Hospital charges couple $39.35 to hold their newborn baby

The charge was listed as "skin to skin after c sec," or skin to skin contact between the woman and her newborn son after the she underwent a caesarean section.

"During the C-section, the nurse asked my wife if she would like to do skin to skin after the baby was born. Which of course anyone would say yes to. We just noticed it in the bill today," the Reddit user, Ryan Grassley, wrote on the social media site.

Days after the post went viral, a Canadian doula wrote a message on Facebook explaining the charge. A doula is a woman who is trained to assist another woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born.

"During a caesarean, many people become shaky, nauseous, uncomfortable, even faint. These are normal physiological reactions. In order to facilitate skin to skin in the OR, an extra nurse needs to be available to assist," Meaghan Grant wrote. "And before people scream that 'there's a nurse for the baby,' there is, but that nurse has other responsibilities in the OR. They aren't either holding the baby or twiddling their thumbs. So yes, an extra nurse is needed."

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Grant, who said she works on an advisory board at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, said nurses are often hospitals' "biggest budget item" and "their time and their presence ... should be valued."

Instead of "screaming about the big, bad, awful hospital system," Grant urged people to shift their focus.

"Let's (acknowledge) that this hospital is doing skin to skin in the OR! That's amazing! We should be celebrating that," she wrote.

One Reddit user who claimed to be a nurse first explained the charge, commenting on Grassley's post saying: "I didn't know that hospitals charged for it, but doing 'skin to skin' in the operating room requires an additional staff member to be present just to watch the baby. We used to take all babies to the nursery once the NICU team made sure everything was OK. 'Skin to skin' in the OR is a relatively new thing and requires a second labor and delivery RN to come into the OR and make sure the baby is safe."

A representative at Sunnybrook confirmed Grant's post, telling The Huffington Post, that "In the case of a C-section, where the bedside caregiver is occupied caring for the mother during surgery, an additional nurse is brought into the OR to allow the infant to remain in the OR suite with the mother."

Some Facebook users thanked Grant for explaining the charge, while others maintained their belief that it is "ludicrous."

"I'm guessing since the nurse is already at work, she's already being paid and that has already been figured into the hospitals budget. So why they need to charge people for that, no clue," one Facebook user wrote.

"It's not really about disrespecting the nurses in the hospital nor ignoring safety - it's that hospitals in the US are full of exorbitant costs and nurses aren't paid nearly enough in many cases," another commented.

Today an image went viral. This picture was of a hospital bill. On that bill was a line item for "skin to skin after...Posted by Meaghan Grant on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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