Happy Stories for Wednesday!

April 8, 2020
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The coronavirus can be especially dangerous for those with underlying health issues, but a Tennessee boy with cystic fibrosis who tested positive from it is now recovering. Joseph Bostain was diagnosed with coronavirus two weeks ago, according to his mom, Sabrina. She says he had a fever and cough and after quarantining in their Clarksville home, he was taken to the hospital.

Cystic fibrosis is a disease that clogs the lungs and that could’ve been a deadly combination for Joseph. But he fought it and beat the odds and now he’s celebrating!

In a video posted to his mom’s Facebook page, he says, “I’m a cystic fibrosis warrior and I beat COVID-19.”

 

A few weeks ago, Ben Katz and Jamie Webner realized their wedding wasn’t going to go down as planned. The Miami couple had over 100 guests coming, half of them from out of town, to see them tie the knot on April 4th. But instead of postponing the event, they revised their plans and decided to “take back” their wedding day.

They planned a Zoom wedding on the balcony of their high rise, so 150 attendees could watch virtually. The bride’s sister got ordained so she could officiate and they introduced themselves to their next door neighbors for the first time so they could be witnesses from their own balcony - safely 15 feet away. Some other neighbors even popped bottles of champagne and clapped for the newlyweds.

“It’s definitely not what we planned or how we wanted it to be,” the groom says, “but it was nice to have something happy to do on a Saturday.”

 

A Canadian boy scout is putting his skills to work to help make healthcare workers more comfortable. Quinn Rooney is using his 3D printer to create “ear guards” that work with face masks to relieve pressure on the ears.

The ear guards stretch across the back of the head and instead of hooking face mask straps around the ears, medical staff can secure them to the guard. They can adjust to different lengths so they fit perfectly and they’ll keep healthcare workers from having sore ears at the end of their shift after wearing masks all day.

Quinn has been making dozens of his ear guards and donating them to local hospitals. And he also made the file he’s using public, so anyone else who’s inspired can do the same.