It wasn’t all bad
A baby boy who weighed only 9.45 ounces at the time of his premature birth last August has been released from hospital in Japan, making him the smallest boy ever to have been successfully treated. The preemie was born by C-section at 24 weeks after doctors noticed he’d stopped growing; when he emerged, he could fit in a pair of cupped hands. After six months in intensive care, he’s blossomed to a healthy 7 pounds. “I’m happy that he has grown this big,” the boy’s mom said. “I wasn’t sure he could survive.”
Back in the library
A Cleveland-area library celebrated its own Beatles reunion this week when a 1968 issue of Life magazine with the Fab Four on the cover was finally returned—50 years after it was taken out. The borrower, who gave his name only as Brian, returned the mag in an envelope complete with a note of apology and a $100 money order to cover any late fees. “I stole this magazine from the Parma Ridge Road Library when I was a kid,” the note read. “I’m sorry I took it.” The magazine was yellowed but otherwise in perfect condition. “It’s a story about doing the right thing,” said library spokesman Robert Rua.
Bill Waldschmidt used to work on classic cars, but now he’s fixing a different mode of transportation. The retired Minnesota engineer contracted polio at age 4 and spent most of his childhood on crutches. He regained enough strength to walk as an adult, but 10 years ago, post-polio syndrome put him in a wheelchair. With a new sense of purpose, he removed the vintage cars from his garage and began buying and refurbishing power wheelchairs, which he then gifts to people who can’t afford them. “He’s the kindest man on the planet,” said Don Johnson, a disabled Vietnam vet and owner of one of Waldschmidt’s chairs.