Nurse Suffers Horrific Accident While on Vacation in Costa Rica (VIDEO)

An Orange County nurse is recovering in a Central American hospital after suffering a near-fatal spinal cord injury during a freak accident on Sunday.

Deanne Niedziela, executive director of nursing at Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, was on a trip in Costa Rica with her husband Ken.

The San Clemente couple was a few days into their tropical vacation on a tour of La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park when everything changed.

“All of a sudden I heard a huge crash,” Ken said. “It was like a bolt of thunder, or thunderclap.”

He said a five-foot tree limb came crashing down from the towering trees overhead and crushed Deanne.

“This thing came slamming to the ground,” Ken said. “Was momentarily stunned. What is this? And I looked over and saw Deanne laying on the ground.”

Ken and other tourists rendered aid, but it would be a few hours until they could get her to a hospital.

After nine hours of surgery on Monday, Deanne is starting a slow recovery but her prognosis is still unknown.

They do know she suffered severe spinal cord injuries.

“She really has no sensation from the chest down,” Ken said. “She has limited movement of her arms. No finger strength to speak of.”

The goal is to get her back to Mission Hospital where Deanne oversees the Spine and Neuroscience Institute.

“They can treat her as needed and get her into the rehab unit there and see what happens,” Ken said.

Mission Hospital said the medical air transport alone could cost up to $100,000.

“It is so tragic that this trip of lifetime suddenly turned into a life-threatening medical emergency,” shared Jennifer Cord, chief nursing officer at Providence Mission Hospital.

“We thank all the caregivers and physicians who are caring for Deanne in Costa Rica and are eager to welcome her home when she’s able to travel safely.”

Ken said the number one priority is to stabilize Deanne enough to fly her back to California.

“She’s very strong, and I think that will help her in the long run,” Ken said.

GoFundMe page has been set up to help transport Deanne back to Orange County and to help with medical expenses.


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Footage Shows Cruise Ship ‘Destroyed’ By Severe Storm (VIDEOS)

Passengers of the Carnival Sunshine cruise ship suffered severe distress as large waves created by a powerful storm off the Southeast coast of Charleston, South Carolina, battered the vessel and delayed its return from the Bahamas.

A video shared by passenger Brad Morrell Sunday showed thick dark clouds hovering the ship and large waves raging in the surrounding waters of the Atlantic Ocean, with some passengers and crews reporting water damage and broken glass inside the cruise ship, per FOX Weather.


A clip of the aftermath was likewise uploaded on Twitter and went viral. The ravages of the powerful storm caused a flood inside the ship and structural damage.

“The crew from Deck 0-4 evacuated to the theater, and anywhere they could rest … the crew bar destroyed,” Crew Center wrote in the caption.

“Carnival Sunshine’s return to Charleston was impacted by the weather and rough seas on Saturday. The weather’s prolonged impact on the Charleston area delayed the ship’s arrival on Sunday, and as a result, the next voyage’s embarkation was also delayed.

We appreciate the patience and understanding of all our guests,” Carnival Cruise Line told FOX Weather Monday morning.

The company also said that due to the rough surf and the weather, some crew cabins were temporarily taken out of service “while we clean up water damage.

All the public areas of the ship are open and in service, and Carnival Sunshine is currently operating its next cruise, a five-day Bahamas sailing.”

The inclement weather during the Memorial Day weekend was being monitored closely by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) last week, where they determined that the low-pressure system remained non-tropical low.

NHC Forecasters even visited the cruise ship’s Miami headquarters two days before the vessel got caught in the storm.

However, as the cruise ship started its journey to North Carolina, it morphed into a powerful storm.

Although the low-pressure area is expected to weaken as it moves inland over North Carolina, it could cause postponement of beach plans in parts of the mid-Atlantic and generate mid-to-high wave currents along the East Coast, per FOX Weather.

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Four Great White Sharks Spotted Off the Coast US During Memorial Weekend

Sand, sun, surf, and sharks are in the local forecast for Memorial Day weekend.

At least four male great whites have been lurking in the New York-New Jersey waters recently.

Non-profit marine research group Ocearch tags and tracks the man-eaters, collecting data each time one breaks the surface, and their electronic tracker “pings.”

Here are the monsters in the neighborhood:

  • Simon, a toothy 9-foot-6, 434-pound shark, surfaced on May 2, close enough to be sunbathing on Fire Island.
  • Jekyll, an 8-foot-8, 395-pounder, “pinged” on May 15 near popular Long Beach Island, NJ.
  • Keji, a 9-foot-7, 578-pound beast, was spotted 40 miles off Long Island on May 17. 
  • Frosty, a 9-foot-2 inch, 393-pound fish, pinged on May 21 off Montauk.
Simon the shark
Simon, a toothy 9-foot-6, 434-pound shark pinged on May 2 and was close enough to be sunbathing on Fire Island.

While New Yorkers may not need to get a bigger boat, eight out of 57 of the world’s unprovoked shark attacks last year — or 14% — occurred in New York, all at Long Island beaches, according to the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File.

The scary shark scorecard started June 30 when a 57-year-old man suffered a laceration on his right foot while swimming in the ocean at Jones Beach in Wantagh. 

Five of the 2022 Long Island shark attacks took place within three weeks in July, including lifeguards bitten on July 3 and July 7; two men chomped on in separate incidents within hours on July 13; and a 16-year-old surfer gnawed on July 20.

Keji, a 9-foot-7, 578-pound, was spotted 40 miles off Long Island on May 17.

The final two shark strikes occurred on Aug. 9 at Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays and Sept. 1 off Robert Moses State Park on Fire Island, but researchers had no details on those.

The non-fatal assaults were committed by sand tigers and other small sharks, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Long Island encounters are believed to “have been the result of sharks misidentifying prey,” said DEC spokeswoman Stephanie Rekemeyer.

Ocearch Chief Scientist Bob Hueter agreed, noting: “That’s kind of their nursery ground off of Long Island. And they haven’t really learned yet how to discriminate correct prey from people — they’re not interested in us really and make a mistake.

“But they have sharp teeth and it’s never good to be bitten by one.”

A 15-year-old girl was attacked by a shark while surfing off the coast of Stone Harbor, NJ last weekend.

Moving around on crutches due to her injuries Monday, Maggie Drozdowski said her close encounter with the apex predator left her “traumatized.” The young surfer sustained deep lacerations to her left foot and calf requiring six stitches.

According to the Florida database, the odds of a shark attack in the Garden State are extremely rare.

Prior to last week’s mishap, there had been only 15 unprovoked shark attacks in Jersey, with the most recent being in 2006.

As for the Fin-tastic Four currently pinging in local waters?

“All four of these guys have the possibility of going to either Cape Cod or Nova Scotia,” Hueter said.

“Half our sharks go to areas around Massachusetts and feed in the summertime and the other half go to Atlantic Canada and feed on the seals and other fish that are up there.”

“The odds of any swimmer encountering any of the sharks that we tagged is essentially zero. But understand we’ve only tagged an infinitesimal fraction of all the sharks that live out there,” the scientist noted.

“Shark sightings are actually a good thing,” Hueter said.

“We’re rebuilding our shark populations that are coming back from being on the brink of total collapse 30 years ago. And the reason that we’re rebuilding them is to re-establish ecological balance in the oceans and make them healthier,” he said.

But swimmers and surfers need to consider their surroundings, he added.

“There is a responsibility for people to behave properly and not think of the ocean as a giant swimming pool. It’s a wild place. It’s like going for a hike in a national park. You have to exercise certain caution.”

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6-Year-Old Remains in Hospital After Severing Both feet in Freak Accident

A 6-year-old in Virginia is receiving loads of support from her community after being involved in a tragic accident that resulted in her losing both her feet. 

Aubrey Scaletta was playing with a ratchet strap in the passenger seat of a pickup truck on May 17, when one end of the strap went out the window and wrapped itself around the drive shaft. 

In a tragic turn of events, the other end of the strap became wrapped around Aubrey’s feet and as the strap quickly tightened, her feet were severed, according to the Virginia State Police Association. 

The young girl was then airlifted to a hospital where she underwent a six-hour surgery and will possibly face more in an attempt to repair her injuries, said the police. 

Doctors were able to reattach her severed feet, according to WSLS.  The 6-year-old is stable but still has a long road ahead of her, her mother, Lauren Scaletta, said in a Facebook post

“The injuries are horrible and painful for all involved. Aubrey, Aubrey’s sister and Aubrey’s parents are having a real hard time coping with this painful tragedy. They need our love and they need our help financially,” the VSPA said.

In an update from the family on their GoFundMe page on Thursday, they said Aubrey has been taken off the ventilator and is now breathing on her own.

They also are hopeful she will be moved from the ICU to the pediatric floor over the weekend if all goes well, said the update. 

“This has been both the longest and shortest days of our lives. We have held our breath and moved hour by hour most of the time we have been in the PICU,” said the family. “Everyone has done their very best to take care of our girl and we couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.”

Aubrey’s next scheduled surgery is on June 9, and the hope is to be able to leave the hospital by the end of June, said the update.

After leaving the hospital, Aubrey will then have physical therapy at home and the goal is to have her walking again, with the help of braces and walkers, by Christmas, according to the family. 

“This is going to be a very long, winding road for us. She has already gotten a fan club here at the hospital with her dancing and smiles.

Her spunk is very evident with her displeasure of the ventilator and legs being kept down,” said Lauren in a Facebook post. “The love everyone has show has been tremendous. We are beyond blessed. We can’t thank you enough!”

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American Tourist Loses Leg in Turks and Caicos Shark Attack (VIDEO)

A 22-year-old Connecticut woman had her leg bitten off in a shark attack while she and a friend were snorkeling in Turks and Caicos, local police said.

The woman, who has not been identified, was taken to Cheshire Hall Medical Centre in serious condition, the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force said in an Instagram statement.

Police said the woman and her friend were snorkeling Wednesday just after 3 p.m. outside a resort near the Leeward Marina in Providenciales, one of the islands, when she was attacked. A spokesperson at the resort, however, said the woman was not a guest and the incident does not have anything to do with the resort or the Leeward Marina.

“Our understanding is that she was the guest of another resort and the client of a boat excursion company, neither of which we are affiliated with nor located near,” spokesperson Stephanie Mack said in a statement.

Authorities said that the employee of a resort located in the vicinity of the Leeward Marina called police about the shark attack and requested an ambulance. The employee indicated that the woman had her leg bitten off by a shark, the police statement said.

The police department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

Teen Girl Electrocuted After Using Her Phone in the Bathtub

On Tuesday evening Maria Antonietta Cutillo was charging her phone while also holding it in the bathtub of her parent’s home in Montefalcione, southern Italy, when she was electrocuted to death

A 16-year-old girl has died after being electrocuted in the bath while talking on the phone with a friend.

On Tuesday evening Maria Antonietta Cutillo was charging her phone while also holding it in the bathtub of her parent’s home in Montefalcione, southern Italy.

According to local media, her parents were not present in the house when the teenager was tragically electrocuted.

It is thought that the phone must have slipped from her hand and triggered the short circuit after falling into the water.

The news shocked and upset the locals in the small town of Irpinia, where the victim’s family is well known.

In 2020, a schoolgirl died in her bath after a charging phone fell onto her chest and slipped into the water in France.

The 15-year-old, identified at the time as Tiffenn, was electrocuted after the device slipped into the water at her home in Marseille.

Emergency crews rushed the girl to hospital and tried to resuscitate her but to no avail.

Also in 2019, a 13-year-old girl in Amsterdam was electrocuted when her smartphone fell into the bath while it was charging.

The teenager’s mother dragged her out of the bathtub after racing to the bathroom when she heard a loud scream. She had called the emergency services.

This girl did not die but was left with amnesia as a result of the incident and does not remember the moment she dropped the phone in the bath.

In 2017, Brit Richard Bull, 32, died when his iPhone charger made contact with the water at his home in Ealing, west London.

A coroner ruled his death was accidental and plans to send a report to Apple about taking action to prevent future deaths.

Assistant coroner Dr Sean Cummings, who conducted the inquest at West London Coroner’s Court on Wednesday, wrote a prevention of future death report to send to Apple.

Charity Electrical Safety First said the death highlighted some of the dangers of having electrical appliances around water.

Product safety manager Steve Curtler said people would not get electrocuted from a mobile appliance such as a laptop or mobile phone if it was not being charged.

However, connecting a mobile phone to a charger plugged into the mains electricity supply increases the risk of harm.

“Although the cable that is plugged into your phone is 5V, somewhere along the line it’s plugged into the electricity supply and you’re reliant on that cable and a transformer to make sure you don’t get into contact with the main voltage.

“You’re wet, which conducts electricity a lot better; you’re in the bath with no clothes on, so skin resistance is less. You’re vulnerable in the bathroom.”

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Baby Crawls on Stage at Concert in Shocking Video

A baby crawled its way on stage during an NMIXX show Tuesday in Seattle, Wash.

Kyujin, a member of the South Korean girl group currently touring the US, seemed to be in shock as she rushed to pick up the crawling baby who got away from its parent.

In a viral video on Twitter, one concertgoer in the crowd captured the moment someone yelled, “Hello, the baby!” as the K-pop musician, 16, handed the little one back to its mom.


The attendee also explained via Twitter that the baby had been “in their stroller to the side next to security with noise canceling headphones” on and had been sleeping for most of the show.

“by the end of the concert, the baby had woken up and their mama had to hold them for a bit until the girls started interacting,” the fan shared.

“Everyone was fighting to get to the front it was literally just insane I cannot,” the shocked fan added.

Another Twitter user posted a video of Kyujin playing with the baby and then holding her hands up in a motion to keep the infant from coming back on stage. It is unclear if this was before or after its notable getaway attempt.

Twitter users are slamming the parent for bringing the baby to the seemingly chaotic event.

“Joking aside thats horrible parenting who tf brings a baby to a concert and lets it go on a stage like that not funny at all,” one user wrote.

Another critic called the incident “extremely bad parenting,” noting that the child could have “been trampled or fallen down.”

On the other hand, others thought that the baby seemed to have a great time.

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WATCH Raging Tornado Flip a Car Off the Road (VIDEO)

A powerful tornado touched down in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, sending 100 mph winds that snapped trees and sent debris flying throughout the coastal city.

According to the National Weather Service in Miami, the storm hit late Saturday night near Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, heading northeast towards the ocean.

Photos show immense damage to homes and neighborhoods, with one video even showing a car being flipped off of the road from the high wind speeds.

Damage from the storm forced the city to close roadways and issue emergency protocols to clear the wreckage from streets, but the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department has not reported any fatalities or major injuries.


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Flight Attendant Sucked Out of Window in Tragic Story (VIDEO)

On the afternoon of 28 April 1988, Aloha Airlines Flight 243 was flying over paradise, carrying 95 people on a short jaunt from Hilo to Honolulu in Hawaii, when all hell broke loose in an instant. There was a “whoosh” sound, and then chaos; the blue sky the plane was traveling across suddenly came rushing through the cabin as the fuselage appeared to be disintegrating. In the ensuing 13 minutes of terror, the pilots of the flight somehow, miraculously, managed to land the damaged plane.

The flight was uneventful during the taxi and takeoff, and everything seemed normal for the first 20 minutes of the flight as the plane leveled at 24,000 feet. Then, suddenly, passenger Eric Becklin, who was sitting at the back of the aircraft, heard a loud noise, a bang, but not an explosion, and felt a strong pressure change. “I looked up front and saw the front of the top left of the airplane disintegrating, just going apart, pieces of it flying away. It started with a hole about a yard wide, and it just kept coming apart.”

With the disintegration of the aircraft, veteran crew member Clarabelle “C.B.” Lansing was the tragic sole fatality, while 65 others suffered injuries during the traumatic, tumultuous flight. Lansing and some of the aircraft vanished, and neither would ever be seen again. The pilots in the cockpit, equally stunned, quickly sprang into action after the initial bang that “sounded like really heavy canvas ripping rapidly,” Captain Schornstheimer told The Maui News in 2018. “It happened almost instantaneously. There was no warning.”

Ms Tompkins’ “head was jerked backward” as pieces of debris, including insulation, floated through the air; the cockpit door was gone, and “there was blue sky where the first-class ceiling had been,” the captain told investigators, according to the NTSB report. Meanwhile, passengers in the cabin — and the remaining flight attendants — were struggling to collect themselves physically and mentally.

Flight attendant Ms Sato-Tomita was knocked unconscious by flying debris and lay on the floor, bleeding. “The first time I saw her, I thought she was dead,” fellow attendant Ms Honda, who had been standing around row 15, told The Washington Post in the days after the incident. “She was just on the borderline of the hole. Her head was split open in the back. She was under debris.”

Ms Honda, too, had been thrown to the floor but sustained only minor injuries — and dutifully scrambled to help terrified passengers in any way she could. “I had no sense of rows, only seats,” she told the newspaper. “I was crawling and dragging … I know I was on my back some of the time because of the perspective of looking up into their faces. I don’t know when I stood up or when I crawled.”

The control of the plane felt “loose,” according to Captain Schornstheimer, and the aircraft rolled “slightly left and right,” according to the report. The remaining flight attendants were struggling to maintain composure and assist passengers, with one of them crawling through debris to help a passenger who was stuck between seats. Another passenger, Judi Giramonte, suffered multiple injuries when a large piece of metal struck her leg, causing her to pass out from the pain.

Despite the chaos, the pilots managed to land the aircraft safely, and the passengers and crew were evacuated without further incident. The accident highlighted previously unexplored problems with the continued airworthiness of aging planes. Jeff Marcus, chief of safety recommendations for the National Transportation Safety Board, notes that “we had never had airplanes flying for that many

Plane Engine Catches Fire After ‘Bird Strike’

A bird strike caused the engine of an American Airlines flight to catch fire, forcing pilots to turn around shortly after take-off and land the plane back at John Glenn Columbus International Airport early Sunday morning.

Airport officials said American Airlines flight 1958 landed safely, no one was injured in the incident and the airport was shut down for only a few minutes while the plane returned for the emergency landing. An airport spokesperson couldn’t say how many passengers were on the flight.

The plane left about 7:45 a.m. and was headed for Phoenix when birds struck the engine shortly after takeoff. Airport officials couldn’t say how long the plane was in the air before rerouting back to the Columbus airport, but it didn’t make it out of the Central Ohio area.

Reports of birds striking aircraft exploded across the country after the so-called Miracle on the Hudson in 2009, when a US Airways jet with 155 people aboard hit a flock of Canada geese in New York. Pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger glided the aircraft into the Hudson River and everyone on board survived.

Michael Begier, national coordinator for the USDA’s Airport Wildlife Hazards Program, has told USA TODAY that much of the increase came from better reporting by pilots, tower personnel, mechanics and others.

Sarah McQuaide, spokesperson for the Columbus airport, said the airport is open and operating as usual and the incident caused only minor delays for other flights.

McQuaide said the incident will be investigated by federal officials. That could be officials from the Federal Aviation Administration or the National Transportation Safety Board.

People across the Columbus area reported hearing strange engine sounds or seeing fire come from the plane’s engine on social media.

One unverified social post appeared to show the fire coming from the plane’s engines.

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