Shea McNeely received the best gift for her 17th birthday – a new first breath.
During her sophomore year at Buhach Colony High, McNeely was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare disorder in which arteries in the lungs become narrow or blocked. The constriction causes the heart to work harder to pump blood through those arteries. This causes strain on the heart and the condition may become life threatening.
On Dec. 18 of last year, she received her heart-lung transplant, and three days later, she took her first unassisted breath with her new lungs.
An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage water conservation.
The spring version of the quarterly Art Hop event was held Saturday on Main Street in Merced. Organizers said the event’s theme was inspired by Earth Day. Featured clothing designer and visual artist Amy Bianchini’s work was on display in Bob Hart Square.
Military analysts who’ve viewed the video find it troubling because it shows that the Islamic State retains a surprisingly high level of military skill despite months of daily airstrikes by U.S. aircraft and their coalition allies.