A heavy snowstorm that brought much of Scotland to a standstill last week couldn't stop one surgeon from doing her job. After waking at her snow-covered Glasgow home, Lindsey Chisholm realized she couldn't drive to her hospital in Paisley 8 miles away, where she was scheduled to operate on a colon cancer patient, Britain's The Times reports. So Chisholm put on her winter gear and trudged through the snow for nearly three hours.
"I had the right equipment, I knew there was no avalanche risk, I was not going to get lost, there were places I could stop on the way if the weather did become absolutely terrible so I just didn't think anything of it," Chisholm told BBC. When she walked in, her patient, Iain McAndrew, was overjoyed. "My heart took a wee jump," he said. "If there is a real-life superwoman, she is it." Christina Colizza
For the past three years, Tim Felix has spent most mornings walking from his Old East Dallas apartment to the J.W. Ray Park down the street, trash bag and picker in hand, so he can clean up litter and make it a safe place for neighborhood kids to play.
Felix used to go to the park just to listen to gospel music and walk his dog, but during a visit in 2015, he noticed how much trash was hidden in the grass, he told The Dallas Morning News. He started coming every day — except Sundays, when he goes to church — so he can pick up cans, junk mail, and plastic bags.
Felix, 30, has a mental disability, and while sometimes he's teased by people who can't understand him, others thank him for the hard work he does. He likes to get to the park early before children do, because he's found some dangerous things, including drugs and, one time, a gun. "See what I'm talking about?" he said after finding a baggie of what appeared to be marijuana. "Thank God I'm here." Catherine Garcia
Ghost's life could have turned out a lot differently, had a rescue in Florida not taken a chance on the deaf pit bull.
He was abandoned as a puppy and nearly euthanized, but the Swamp Haven rescue got in touch with the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society in Port Angeles, Washington, to see if they could help him. Dr. Suzy Zustiak at the Port Angeles shelter told Today that because Ghost was deaf and a "very high-energy, untrained dog," he "pretty much had three strikes already against him," but after seeing similar dogs go on to become working animals, Zustiak called Barbara Davenport.
Davenport has trained more than 450 dogs to detect narcotics for the Washington Department of Corrections, and after some initial tests, she determined that Ghost was ready to give it a shot. Using hand signals and a vibration collar, Davenport and Ghost's handler, Joe Henderson, taught the dog how to detect drugs, and after 240 hours of training, he's now a narcotic K-9 with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. Henderson said it was "an absolute blast" training Ghost, who is nearly 3 years old and fully certified. Catherine Garcia
After Adrien Charpentier had surgery, his hands were giving him trouble, and the 78-year-old asked his waitress at the La Marque, Texas, Waffle House if she'd help him by cutting his food.
Evoni Williams, 18, thought only Charpentier was watching as she assisted him, but diner Laura Wolf had her eyes on the pair, and she took a photo of the act of kindness, posting it on her Facebook page. "It was so busy in here and she actually took the time to stop and hear what he had to say, instead of walking past him," she told KHOU. "That just meant something to me."
The photo went viral online, with thousands of people seeing it — including officials at the city of La Marque. They surprised Williams by coming to her work, proclaiming it Evoni Nene Williams Day, and notifying her that she was receiving a $16,000 scholarship to Texas Southern University. Williams works at the Waffle House in order to pay for college, and she is grateful for being recognized for doing the right thing. "It's something I'd do any other day," she said. Catherine Garcia
Mary Lou Smith is known as the Queen of the Conch. The 70-year-old has been joyously blasting the large pink shell at weddings and parties on Key West, Florida, for nearly two decades and has won the island's annual conch-blowing contest several times.
But Smith's shell talent inspired a particularly special moment this week when, shortly after she won this year's women's division contest, her beau, Rick Race, 73, jumped onstage, got down on one knee, and proposed. It took Smith a moment to gather her thoughts. "I didn't know what to say, so I blew the conch," she told the News Herald. "Then, I said yes." Christina Colizza
Quebec musher Anny Malo was 25 miles into the 150-mile CopperDog sled race when disaster struck. One of her dogs, Max, had collapsed after a piece of ice became lodged in its throat. Malo was trying to help the dog when fellow musher Frank Moe passed by. A trained EMT, Moe suspended his own race and performed doggie CPR, blowing air into Max's snout and reviving the animal. Moe finished 11th in the race — but his generosity earned him a sportsmanship award, Keweenaw Report says. As for Max, Malo says he's doing well. He spent the rest of the race tucked safely in Malo's bag. Christina Colizza
In just a short amount of time, Everest went from being homeless on the streets of Los Angeles to a well-loved therapy dog in training up in Oregon.
The nonprofit Hope for Paws rescued the starving Newfoundland from a street corner, where the tired dog was resting. They used a cheeseburger to gain his trust, then slipped a leash on him and took him to their recovery center, where Everest was bathed and received medical treatment. Not long after that, Hope for Paws received an application from a family in Oregon who wanted to adopt Everest.
Everest left the sun for the snow, flying with two of his rescuers up to Oregon, where he met the family and their two other dogs: Bonnie and Clyde. He's now training to be a therapy dog, and his owners hope he'll soon be able to meet with children in the hospital. In the meantime, Everest enjoys frolicking in — and eating — snow and playing with his new brother and sister. Catherine Garcia
When Peggy Smith heard about nine siblings in foster care hoping to find a Tampa family to adopt them all, she had an idea.
Smith, 28, knew she couldn't handle nine kids on her own, and she enlisted her mother-in-law, Loryn Smith, to help. The four youngest children, including a four-month-old, will live with Peggy Smith and her husband, while the five oldest will live with Loryn Smith and her husband in their house, just five minutes away. "Why not us?" Peggy Smith told ABC Action News. "We're young. We have a beautiful home. Why not help these kids out and grow our family this way?"
Loryn Smith has already raised five biological and 15 adopted children, and knew how important it was to keep the kids from being split up. "They didn't make the choices that separated them and they deserve to be together," she said. The adoptions will be finalized in April, and so far, everyone's doing great. "It's a good thing to be able to come home and be with your siblings again," the oldest child, Desiree, told ABC Action News. Catherine Garcia