The Daily Spike: How to protect dogs from summer heat stroke

Just like you enjoy cooling off in the heat, so does your doggo.

Pool party!

When I was on vacation in Alaska, the weather in New York and New Jersey was pretty hot and humid. I got frequent photos of Spike and his brother Swain — who are being raised as service dogs for Canine Companions for Independence — playing in a kiddie pool of Swain’s puppy-raisers, Caryl and Kerry Swain. They loved splashing around and tackling each other. But most importantly, it helped keep them cool.

Photos of Spike smiling or “laughing” on Instagram always get the most likes — who doesn’t love a laughing dog? But dogs are really panting when they’re laughing, and that’s a good thing: It turns out dogs only have a few sweat glands in their foot pads, so they rely on panting to cool down.

And staying cool prevents heat stroke.

Older dogs, overweight dogs and puppies are the most vulnerable, but even young, otherwise healthy dogs can succumb to heat stroke. Canine Companions for Independence’s veterinarian gave me the following tips about heat stroke warning signs and prevention:

Warning signs of heat stroke

  • Excessive panting or erratic breathing
  • Stumbling or dizziness
  • Less responsive to commands than usual
  • Sluggishness
  • Hypersalivation
  • Vomiting or diarrhea (possibly with blood)
  • Gums that are bright red, pale or bluish in color

What to do if you suspect heat stroke

Move out of the sun or hot area immediately and relocate to a shaded or air-conditioned location.

Start cooling measures and take the dog to a veterinarian immediately. To cool the dog, spray them with cool (not cold) water or place sopping towels soaked in cool water over the dog’s body. Turn the air-conditioning on in the car or open the windows to create a breeze while driving to the veterinary clinic. It is important to expose a dog to cool water, and not cold water or ice, as the latter two can shock the body and lead to core body heat retention.

Dr. Eric Mueller, DVM, shares his seasoned tips on pet weight management, ideal exercise plans, and how to keep four legged family members safe this summer.
  • Never leave a dog in a car, even on seemingly mild (60–70 degree F or less) days. Temperatures inside a car can easily rise 40 F within minutes on sunny days, despite leaving the windows cracked open. Humid days also increase the likelihood of heat stroke.
  • Don’t let a dog over-exert during play. Dogs can easily play too hard or too long unless you intervene, even on days that are not excessively warm.
  • Always allow access to fresh water.
  • Schedule walks for cooler times of the day and stay in shady areas.
  • On hot days, walk dogs on grassy areas rather than asphalt and concrete, which absorb heat and can cause second-degree burns on paw pads.

THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN SENDING YOUR PUP ON ‘VACATION’

Any dog that is suspected to be affected by heat stroke should be evaluated by a veterinarian as soon as possible, even if they seem to have fully recovered from the episode. Heat stroke can cause serious damage to internal organs and requires prompt treatment.

Now, if only i could find a way to make space for a kiddie pool in my NYC apartment for Spike…

Frustration builds as police stay mum on missing Iowa woman

Investigators are offering no new details in their search for a University of Iowa student who vanished more than two weeks ago.

Kevin Winker, investigative operations director for the Iowa Department of Public Safety, said Friday he knows the tight-lipped approach is frustrating for people who are eager to know what happened to 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts.

But he says investigators will continue to withhold basic details about the case because they believe it gives them the best chance to solve it.

At a news conference, Winker said investigators are confident in their timeline of the night Tibbetts went missing from her small hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa, on July 18.

But again he declined to say whether Tibbetts is believed to have returned home safely from a jog that evening.

Are water beds making a comeback? Here’s why they disappeared in the first place

Water beds were popular in the 80s but then disappeared. Now they might be making a comeback.

When I was a kid growing up in the 1980s, it seemed as if everyone I knew had a water bed. Once a groovy, sexy novelty found only in the Playboy mansion, it’d entered the mainstream, with water bed stores on every corner.

In sixth grade, I even got my own. It wasn’t the one with a stereo and reading lamp built into the headboard that I really wanted, but it was a water bed, and it was dreamy. I could heat it up on cold Nebraska winter nights, or cool it down in warmer months. Every night I drifted off to its soothing slosh, and despite a minor disaster when it sprang a leak due to a rogue earring, I couldn’t imagine sleeping on any other kind of bed.

At the peak of water bed mania, in the mid-1980s, it was 1 in 5 mattresses sold in this country. But after that, poof.

While I can’t remember when or why I got rid of it, my beloved water bed vanished, and everyone else got rid of theirs, too. I can’t remember the last time I saw a water bed in someone’s home, or passed a store selling it. Where the heck did all the water beds go and, more importantly, why?

The mysterious disappearance of the water bed, explained

According to Bill Fish, a certified sleep science coach and founder of Tuck, a website offering sleep products and information, there are several reasons water beds have seemingly gone the way of the dinosaur.

For one, companies such as Tempur-Pedic upped the mattress game with memory foam and other more-comfortable-than-box-spring offerings. For another, water beds were kind of a pain. They were heavy, moving one required draining the entire bed (I remember my dad dragging in the garden hose), and leaks were a frequent hazard.

“It got to the point where many landlords wouldn’t even allow a water bed inside of their buildings,” Fish says.

As the novelty wore off, sleep stores began to focus on higher-end conventional mattresses, and replacement parts for water beds became harder to find, Fish says.

A water bed revival?

But if you’re getting nostalgic for those sweet waves rocking you to sleep, we have news: The inventor of the original water bed is launching a new, improved version.

Fifty years ago, Charlie Hall introduced the water bed to the modern world as part of his master’s thesis project at San Francisco State. (Fascinating fact: It started as a chair filled with Jell-O.) From there, he filed for a patent and launched the first water bed company.

Although Hall became a millionaire (through his water bed and other inventions), knockoffs of his bed abounded (awarding him millions more in patent infringement cases) before it fell out of favor. In his mind, the reason boils down to changing preferences in how people want beds to look.

“As time went along, a water bed’s box-frame look went from groovy to ugly,” he explains.

Customers wanted a sleeker look in their bedrooms. To accommodate this, Hall added more padding between the water and the body, which minimized a waterbed’s original advantages: reduced pressure on the body and the ability to control the bed’s temperature.

But after an overhaul, it’s coming back for another round. Hall and his original business partner, Michael Geraghty, have recently introduced a new version of the water bed, dubbed Afloat.

This time, they kept it looking as much as possible like a traditional bed (no more boxy, hard frame), but held onto the things that made water beds so great in the first place.

“We put the baby back in with the bathwater,” Hall says.

The Afloat is equipped with temperature control, an improved wave-suppression system, and a fabric cover that provides better body contouring. And this go-around, you don’t need to purchase special water bed sheets; any standard bed linens fit.

Hall says that while the new water beds are still not easy to move, they have streamlined assembly and maintenance, with detailed instructions, labeled parts, and a hose included.

“They can still be a pain, but we’re getting closer to the level of pain of other mattresses,” he says.

The Afloat bed costs $1,995 for a queen, and is available for preorder online. Or you can go to one of a handful of City Furniture (formerly Waterbed City) stores in South Florida.

Geraghty, who has been sleeping on one of the new beds for a year now, has been following up personally with each customer after their purchase, and says so far the response has been enthusiastic.

Do water beds have a future?

So will water beds make a comeback? Brian DeJesus, co-owner of American Sleep Center in Lancaster, PA, thinks it all depends on whether they develop a coolness factor with younger buyers—much the way once-passé wallpaper has been embraced by millennials.

“Most of the customers buying water beds today are people who have already owned a water bed from when they were popular,” he explains. “So those people may not have too much of an impact on future mattress buyers. For water beds to become popular again, society would have to see them as ‘cool’ again.”

Should you buy a smoker’s house? How to get rid of cigarette smells

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Should you buy a smoker’s house? This question may confront you once you feel you’ve found the perfect place … except for that ashtray smell permeating every single room. Is this a deal breaker?

If the smell of cigarette smoke makes you recoil, you’re not alone: One study found that smoking in a home can reduce its resale value by up to 29%.

Still, once a smoker moves out, will the pall of cigarette odor lift, or will it linger? Is there a way to get rid of that stench for good? Answers ahead.

Health impacts of thirdhand smoke in a home

That smell of cigarettes long past isn’t, in fact, just a smell—it’s a residue called thirdhand smoke (THS).

“The lingering odor isn’t just unpleasant; studies have also linked it to cancer,” says Joshua Miller, director of technical training at Rainbow International, a home restoration company.

Tobacco-specific nitrosamines and nitrous acid are two of the biggest threats that cling to walls, dust, and other surfaces within a house. THS residue exposure can be especially dangerous for pets and small children, who often pick up dust and particulate matter on their hands or paws, and then put them in their mouth.

Worst of all, the effects just don’t pass.

“You could breathe in several hundred nanograms of these carcinogens long after the last cigarette burned out,” says Miller.

Just how long afterward? In one study, researchers at San Diego State University measured thirdhand smoke pollutant levels in smokers’ homes after they’d moved out. These pollutants remained even after the homes had been cleaned and vacant for two months. True, THC levels had diminished in that time, but they were still present at higher levels than in nonsmokers’ homes.

Signs of a smoker’s house

Sellers are not required to disclose that a home has housed a smoker, so if you’re worried about it, be sure to keep an eye—and nose—out for it. A smoky smell is an obvious sign, of course, but a strong smell of Febreze, air fresheners, or other fragrances could mean that the seller is trying to mask an odor. A fresh coat of paint can also mask cigarette odors, but they will eventually return.

Ask your home inspector to give you his opinion about whether someone has smoked in a house you are interested in. You are totally within your rights to ask the seller’s listing agent directly; a reputable professional should not lie about the condition of the home.

Should you buy a smoker’s house?

When you’re deciding whether to buy a smoker’s home, you should weigh not only the health risks, but what’s involved in getting rid of cigarette smells. Even if you’re getting a good deal on the price of the home, it’ll take some concerted work to eliminate the odor.

How to get rid of cigarette smell in a house

Getting rid of cigarette odor isn’t easy, since it seeps into everything. Cleaning can help, but replacing entire systems may be in order. Here’s what you can do to eliminate thirdhand smoke.

HVAC system

In a smoker’s house, every part of the central air system has come into contact with smoke over the years, explains Richard Ciresi, owner of Aire Serv in Louisville, KY. Here are some steps you can take to rectify this:

  • “Clean the air ducts,” says Ciresi. “Professional air duct cleaning is an effective way to eliminate odors that manifest when you turn on the furnace or AC.”
  • Change the filter on your HVAC unit. Normally, you would do this every few months. If you’re trying to fight the smell of thirdhand smoke, step that up to every 30 to 45 days.
  • Clean the evaporator coil. “Fumes can be pulled into the evaporator coil of an HVAC unit. The odor permeates the coil, and blasts the smell of cigarettes every time you run the air conditioner,” says Ciresi.
  • If nothing else fixes the problem, you may need to replace the system entirely. Of course, replacing your HVAC isn’t cheap. Expect to spend anywhere from $6,000 to $18,000, depending on your home’s size and the climate where you live.

Wash walls and ceilings

Miller recommends cleaning the walls and ceiling with a 3:1 vinegar-water mixture.

“Ceilings can be the biggest culprit in a persisting smoke smell in a home, since cigarette smoke tends to travel upwards and latch onto the first surface it comes in contact with,” he explains.

Trisodium phosphate (TSP), a strong, general-purpose cleaning product, is also great for removing smoke smell and stains.

Change lightbulbs

Smelly dust can fuse onto lightbulbs as they get hot, so change them out. Windows can also retain a smoky film that emits odor when they’re warmed by sun, so be sure to give them a thorough washing. Blinds can also be washed with vinegar or TSP—or, better yet, throw them out.

Paint

If washing doesn’t eliminate the smell from walls and ceilings, then your next best bet is to repaint them all, first sealing in the smell with an odor-neutralizing primer like Kilz. Without the layer of primer, the smell will eventually seep back through the paint.

Clean floors and carpets

“You can sprinkle a deodorizing powder like baking soda on carpets,” says Miller. If that doesn’t work, try a professional steam clean. In the worst-case scenario, the carpets will have to be replaced.

For wood or tile, a normal cleaning with the recommended cleaner should do the trick. Be sure to vacuum up all the dust from every nook and cranny, as the dust contains the harmful (and stinky) chemicals.

Wash curtains and drapes

Fabric tends to hold onto the smoke smell, so you’ll probably need to clean all the window treatments. Depending on the fabric, some can be washed in the washing machine, while others have to be steam cleaned. You can rent a steamer, or hire a professional to take care of this for you. If cleaning doesn’t completely get the smell out, they’ll have to be replaced.

Most Americans can’t afford rent, study finds

Based on cost of living and the national minimum wage, most Americans can't even afford a modest apartment without being cost burdened by rent.

Odds are, you can’t afford your rent.

The average household needs to make at least six figures to comfortably afford the average fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the seven largest U.S. cities., according a new SmartAsset study that looked at how much it would cost to afford a two-bedroom apartment in America’s 25 largest cities.

A household that spends more than 30 percent of its income on housing is considered “cost-burdened,” according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, but for the majority of the largest cities in the U.S., renters require incredibly large incomes to stay under that percentage.

San Francisco, Calif. is the most expensive city for renters on the list, where in order to avoid being so rent burdened, someone would need to make $188,000 per year. The average household income in the area is $103,801 per year.

The numbers are similar for New York, the second least affordable place on the list, where New Yorkers would need to earn a minimum of $162,400 in order to pay no more than 28 percent of their income on a place in the Big Apple, where the average two-bedroom apartment runs $3,800 a month.

And Boston renters would need to make $143,800 to cover the $40,300 required for a two-bedroom apartment per year. But the average household income is only $63,600.

The gap between what renters earn per hour and what it costs to afford a modest apartment at average market levels across the U.S. is just as wide: The hourly wage needed to make a modest two-bedroom apartment affordable is $22.10, according to the annual “Out Of Reach” report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s, which documents the affordability of rental housing to low-income families across the U.S.; for a modest one-bedroom, it’s $17.90. Meanwhile, the average hourly wage of U.S. renters stands at $16.88.

In fact, someone working a 40-hour week on the federal $7.25 minimum wage can’t afford to rent a “modest” two-bed apartment in any state in the country, according to the report. And renters would need to make more than three times the minimum wage to afford a two-bedroom apartment.

In other words, renters would need to work a 122-hour week for all 52 weeks of the year — or work three full-time jobs in order to afford a modest two-bedroom rental home. For a one-bedroom, renters would need to work 99 hours per week throughout the year.

“The report’s Housing Wage is an estimate of the hourly wage a full-time worker must earn to afford a rental home at HUD’s fair market rent (FMR) without spending more than 30 percent of his or her income on housing costs,” Diane Yentel, the president and CEO of NLIHC, told Moneyish in an email.

“FMRs provide an estimate of what a family moving today can expect to pay for a modestly priced rental home in a given area. This year’s findings demonstrate how far out of reach modestly priced housing is for the growing low-wage work force, despite recent wage growth, and for other vulnerable populations across the country.”

The most expensive state is Hawaii, where workers would need an hourly income of $36.13 to afford rent, in contrast to the state’s average hourly wage of $16.16. Arkansas is the least expensive state at $13.84 — not including Puerto Rico at $9.24 — where workers would need to make $13.84 an hour, while the average hourly wage is $13.05.

The study finds that numbers are even worse for low-income households, defined as households earning less than the poverty level or 30 percent of the area’s average income. Four-person households making an annual $26,420 or less can only afford to spend $660 a month on rent, while the national average fair market rent for a one-bedroom rental is $931.

The rule of thumb is that no more than 30 percent of your income should be going toward housing costs including utilities, Erin Lowry, financial blogger and author of the book “Broke Millennial,” told Moneyish. “However, it is incredible hard for people to achieve this,” she added. “Realistically, hopefully no more than 50 percent should be going towards your rent.”

“There are many factors contributing to the current affordable housing crisis,” Yentel said. “But the simplest explanation is that wages are not keeping pace with rapidly rising rental housing costs. This will be a challenge for the foreseeable future – seven out of the ten occupations projected to add the greatest number of new jobs by 2016 provide a median wage lower than the one-bedroom Housing Wage.”

And as important as higher minimum wages are, they are not the silver-bullet solution for housing affordability, Yentel said. The report found that 38 local jurisdictions have their own minimum wages higher than the state or federal minimum-wage, but all fall short of the local one-bedroom Housing Wage.

For those who are struggling to afford fair market rent, Lowry offered a few tips:

Focus more on earning — and less on cutting things out of your life

“Hearing advice like ‘Don’t eat out,’ which most personal finance advisors give, is not helpful when you’re already in such an intense situation because you’re probably already doing that,” she said. She recommends figuring out how to earn more money instead. To do this, she suggests starting at your current position and speaking directly with your boss to negotiate ways to take on more responsibility.

Be flexible about your living situation

“This can be difficult advice, but consider moving to where the jobs are,” Lowry said. “If you’re in a place where there aren’t a lot of opportunities, this might be an answer at least in the short-run.” Consider moving back in with family members to mitigate costs of living, she advised, or moving out of high-cost, trendy neighborhoods.

Negotiate with your landlord

If you’ve proven that you’re a reliable tenant who pays rent on time, negotiating with your landlord could be a way to reduce how much you’re paying for bills. “Maybe offer to do some things around the building like being a handyman or doing superintendent chores,” she suggested. “What I did when I knew rent was going to take up a huge chunk of my paycheck was to take every opportunity I could to make things work — like turning off my AC when I could in the summer,” she said. Paying rent on time showed her landlord that she was a reliable tenant — so every time the rent was raised, she was able to counter so it didn’t increase that much.

Viral Louisiana supermarket employee who let autistic customer stock shelves gets $100G for college

A supermarket employee in Louisiana who went viral for letting a young customer with autism help him stock the store shelves has now been gifted $100,000 for college tuition.

When Jordan Taylor, who works at Rouses Market in Baton Rouge, noticed Jack Ryan watching him refill the coolers, he offered to show him what do.

In a video taken by Jack Ryan’s dad and shared on Facebook by his sister, Delaney Edwards Alwosaibi, Jack Ryan and Taylor can be seen working together to put milk and juice on the shelves.

“Talk about a stand up young man!!!!” Alwosaibi wrote about Taylor. “We all know autism makes going out difficult, and sometimes grocery stores can be a challenge. This young man took the time to slow down and allow Jack Ryan to help for over 30 minutes, guiding him as he finished his task.”

Alwosaibi and everyone who saw the video were so impressed by what Taylor did, they decided to start a GoFundMe page Wednesday to help raise money to send him to college. Taylor told Alwosaibi he loves math and might want to be a teacher someday. The campaign originally had a goal of $10,000, but after receiving an overwhelming amount of donations, the goal was increased to $100,000, which it had reached as of Friday afternoon.

“He could have ignored him. He could have made an excuse and said he couldn’t allow him to help. Instead, he let him have his moment and in turn gave my family a moment we will never forget,” Alwosaibi wrote.

“It might seem like nothing to others, but as you can hear my dad say in the video, [‘I’m watching a miracle in action’].”

Group steps in to help girl with cerebral palsy enjoy day at beach

The group said they saw the woman struggling to get her daughter on the beach and decided to offer their help.

A group of friends who were relaxing on the beach said they saw a mother struggling to get her daughter, who was in a wheelchair, onto the sand and decided to help out. Dustin Smalley said he and his friends were taking a break from playing volleyball at St. Pete Beach in Florida, when they saw the unidentified family approach.

Smalley, who did not identify the family, said the woman’s child had cerebral palsy, and couldn’t get out of her wheelchair, Fox 5 reported.

“So we said as a group, ‘Look guys we need to go help that lady,’” Smalley told the news outlet. “So Justin Johnson and Renal Roberts went over and approached the lady and said, ‘Ma’am may we help you?’”

Smalley said the woman said she was staying at a condo and hadn’t been able to take her child to the beach all week because she was unable to lift her out of the chair on her own. A photo shared on Facebook shows the group carrying the girl onto the beach.

“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes,” Smalley wrote on Facebook. “That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.”

The group then helped the girl return to her wheelchair when the day was over.

“We didn’t get any names or further details,” he told the news outlet, adding that the woman teared up. “We just chose to be a group of friends from college, willing to help a stranger in need.”

Popular Majorca beach evacuated after shark spotted swimming near panicked tourists

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The shark appeared disoriented, according to Palma Aquarium’s Recovery Center, which was eventually called in to retrieve the fish.

Guillem Felix, a veterinary nurse for the Recovery Center, said they were first notified of the shark at 3:30 p.m., but decided to wait and see if it would return to the ocean.

“We got a second call an hour later to say it had ended up writhing on the sand and the lifeguards had put it back in the water but had subsequently returned to the shoreline,” Felix told The Telegraph.

The shark was euthanized shortly thereafter, the Diario de Mallorca reported.

An autopsy later revealed that the shark had been injured by a stingray, with one of its barbs still stuck in its snout. The resulting nerve damage made it hard for the animal to hunt and seek food, leading it to become disoriented, and eventually swim toward the shore.

The same type of blue shark was also responsible for a similar panic on the other side of the island last year, The Telepgraph reported. In June of 2017, beach-goers spotted a shark swimming near people just off shore on two separate occasions, leading officials to temporarily close down the beach.

Indiana man survives internal decapitation years after beating brain cancer: ‘Our boy is a miracle’

A 22-year-old Indiana man says he was internally decapitated after a car crash.

An Indiana man who beat brain cancer as a teen has once again “defied the odds” after surviving a nearly fatal car crash in January that left him internally decapitated.

“I have fought for my life this time around, and some days I feel like I still am. God has put me through some crazy stuff, and he’s really testing me,” Brock Meister, of Plymouth, said in a statement released by Beacon Health System.“I’m just thankful to be here, so that’s all that matters,” the 22-year-old added.

On January 12, Meister was having dinner with some friends in Plymouth before heading to Lake of the Woods, near Bremen, where he and some friends were planning to stay with his grandparents for a night.

Just minutes before Meister and a friend were slated to arrive, the car hit a patch of black ice, causing the vehicle to tip over and roll on the passenger side where Meister was seated.

Meister’s head smashed into the window, shattering it, and ultimately separating his skull from his spine in the process.

“Half my body was out the window,” he recalled.

The driver was able to pull Meister back in as the truck flipped upright and slowly rolled to a stop.

Meister’s friend, Ryan Topper, who was driving ahead of the two, knew something was wrong when he could no longer see the truck’s headlights behind him. He whipped his car around, arriving just moments later.

Surgeons made a long incision on the back of his neck, using a skull plate and spinal screws and rods to correct the fracture.  (Beacon Health System)

“I turned around and from the angle that I drove up on it, it didn’t look like anything had happened at all,” Topper said.

But as he got closer, he saw Meister, whose face was covered in blood.

“[He] wasn’t saying much,” Topper recalled.

“Brock kept trying to get up and the only words he was saying were ‘my neck’ and ‘ambulance.’ I knew that he was in some serious pain and that if it was his neck, I couldn’t let him get up and move,” Topper, who had already called emergency officials at this point, said.

Meister was taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where doctors stabilized him and took X-rays. Images revealed he had suffered a “traumatic atlanto-occipital dislocation,” essentially a “complete separation of the skull from the spine or internal decapitation,” according to the statement.

Surviving this type of injury is rare: the mortality rate for those who suffer internal decapitation is high. Aside from the physical separation of skull and spine, this injury can also be fatal because “the blood vessels supplying the brain and the spinal cord itself are commonly injured … [causing] significant neurological deficits and often prove fatal,” according to the Beacon Health System.

“Things easily could have been more tragic and my time spent with him could be at the cemetery.”

– Jenna Meister, Brock Meister’s mother

Meister was just the second patient in Memorial Hospital’s history to arrive alive with this particular injury.

“He’s here and he’s alive, and that in itself is a complete miracle,” Meister’s mother, Jenna, recalled telling family and friends at the hospital.

At 2 a.m. that same night, Dr. Kashif Shaikh, a Beacon Medical Group neurosurgeon, was paged. He looked at the X-rays at home before heading to the hospital to treat Meister.

“I had to check twice to make sure I was looking at the right patient’s picture – it’s such an uncommon injury, and an even less common injury to survive,” he told the hospital.

Later, Meister underwent surgery to re-align his skull and spine.

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Meister (left) is also a brain cancer survivor.  (Beacon Health System)

His surgeons made a long incision on the back of his neck, using a skull plate and spinal screws and rods to correct the fracture.

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Interestingly, Shaikh, who performed the surgery, also helped to treat Meister when a malignant brain tumor — a grade III germinoma — was found at the center of his brain in 2012. Meister was just 16 years old at the time.

Thankfully, the surgery was successful and Meister was released from the hospital in February. He was required to wear a neck brace up until recently.

While he still has trouble with his right arm and pain in the lower part of his body, he is undergoing physical and occupational therapy at Memorial Hospital to treat those issues.

“It is truly incredible,” Shaikh said of Mesiter’s ability to survive brain cancer and the car accident.

“As a mom, I know, I truly know God was there that night and saved my child. Things easily could have been more tragic and my time spent with him could be at the cemetery. Our boy is a miracle,” Jenna added.

Neither Brock nor Jenna Meister immediately responded to Fox News’ request for comment on Friday.

Ex-Penn State fraternity member sentenced to house arrest, probation in pledge’s death

Ryan Burke, left, was sentenced in the case related to the death of 19-year-old fraternity pledge Timothy Piazza at Penn State University.

A former Penn State University fraternity brother was sentenced Tuesday to three months of house arrest and 27 months of probation in connection to the death of a pledge who was fatally injured during a night of heavy drinking.

Ryan Burke, 21, of Scranton, was the first of more than 20 defendants to plead guilty to four counts of hazing and five alcohol violations in the death of engineering student Tim Piazza in February 2017.

Piazza, a sophomore from Lebanon, New Jersey, drank a dangerous amount of alcohol and suffered fatal head and abdominal injuries in a series of falls during a party by the now-closed Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

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Tim Piazza, a sophomore engineering student at Penn State, died after drinking a dangerous amount of alcohol and suffered fatal head and abdominal injuries in a series of falls during a party by Beta Theta Pi fraternity.  (AP )

Court documents say Burke was an active participant in the bid acceptance night events at the fraternity, including providing alcohol to Piazza and others who had just signed up as pledges.

Burke was the rush chairman and in charge of recruiting new members. A prosecution sentencing memo filed last week said Burke lined up the pledges single-file and marched them into the basement, “where the alcohol-fueled hazing would ensue.”

The memo says Burke walked around the basement with a bottle of vodka for the pledges in one hand, supplying Piazza and three others with vodka over a 10-minute period. The hazing counts and four of the five alcohol violations relate to those events. Burke also pleaded guilty to underage drinking.

After Piazza fell down the basement stairs and had to be carried to a first-floor sofa, Burke “appeared unconcerned,” prosecutors wrote.

“He is seen playfully hoisting a girl over his shoulders, jumping on the sofa next to Piazza, and then rolling over and on top of Piazza as he is getting up before leaving the room. He leaves Piazza to be dealt with by others,” according to the sentencing memo.