Breakthrough for Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_46a8fe8925.jpgABC News (NEW YORK) -- Dustin Shillcox was told he could never move or walk again. With the flick of a switch, that all changed. “It was so incredibly amazing for me,” said Shillcox. “[My family] cried as well…they were very excited and happy.” The switch turned on an electric stimulator, which had been implanted into his spine.

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Swimming Great Ian Thorpe Battling 'Serious' Infection

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_f1de9884ff.jpgGraham Denholm/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Australian swimming star Ian Thorpe is battling a serious infection that could knock him out of competitive swimming for good, the Australian Associated Press reported. The five-time gold medalist is being treated with antibiotics after contracting the infection during shoulder surgery, according to his agent.

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Baby Giraffe’s Neck Surgery a Long Shot, Zoo Says

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_bf47aebc4d.jpgFuse/Thinkstock (OKLAHOMA CITY) -- A 6-month-old giraffe at the Oklahoma City Zoo is having surgery Tuesday to fix a fatal birth defect, but zoo staff say there’s only a 50 percent chance she’ll survive. The 8-foot-tall "baby," named Kyah, has a wayward blood vessel wrapped around her esophagus -- the flexible tube that shuttles food down her long neck.

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Woman's Own Immune System Helps Fight Cancer

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_0aca97eaa4.jpgBhakpong/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- At first, Candace Brown didn’t think too much of the large, lumpy bruise that spontaneously appeared on her leg about a year ago. But when it didn’t heal after a couple of weeks, she decided to get it checked out. Even though her primary care physician told her not to worry, she pushed for a biopsy. The “bruise” was diagnosed as a skin melanoma.

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Family Races to Fund Cure for Daughter's Deadly Disease

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_6f81136d37.jpgCourtesy O'Neill Family (NEW YORK) -- When 4-year-old Eliza O’Neill has a bad night’s sleep or stutters, her parents try not to panic. Is it normal kid stuff or is it the first sign that Eliza is about to start the downward spiral of her terminal genetic disease? “We watch every little thing,” her mother, Dr. Cara O’Neill, told ABC News.

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