Chicago hospitals see spike in births after Cubs’ World Series win

Last fall, the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years.  Nine months later, Chicago-area hospitals are seeing a baby boom, ABC News reports.

Dr. Melissa Dennis, vice chairwoman of obstetrics and gynecology at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center told ABC News, “The number of births nearly doubled in the last few weeks, from an average of five births per day to nine.”

 

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Dennis told the Chicago Tribune those babies’ due dates could have fallen on July 26, 38 weeks after Game 7.

Cubs fans Natalie and Joe Pelnar told ABC News they named their son Addison for Wrigley Fields cross streets, Clark and Addison.  They said they conceived him on the day the Cubs made it to the World Series.

“We had just gotten married, so we said, ‘We’ll try this one time,'” Natalie Pelnar said.

Dave and Erin Hettinger named their child, Theo, after the Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, CBS News reports.

Erin Hettinger said Theo was conceived the night the Cubs won the World Series, “We had a lot of luck on our side and just the right amount of champagne.”

The Tribune reported that a 2013 study by the BMJ concluded that the heightened euphoria after a sports victory can spur sensations that lead to intimate celebrations, and, in turn, unplanned pregnancies.

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Baby dies of viral meningitis after deadly kiss

Mariana Sifrit, the infant girl who contracted viral meningitis caused by HSV-1 when she was less than a week old, died Tuesday morning, her mother posted on Facebook.

HSV-1 is the same herpes virus that causes cold sores, and only rarely does it lead to viral meningitis, which causes the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord to become enflamed, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It is believed that baby Mariana contracted the deadly virus from a kiss. Mariana’s parents, Nicole and Shane Sifrit, both tested negative for the virus, they told CNN affiliate WHO.

Just 18 days old when she died, Mariana had spent her last week at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City, suffering from severe medical complications.

“Our princess Mariana Reese Sifrit gained her angel wings at 8:41 am this morning in her daddy’s arms and her mommy right beside her,” her mother, Nicole Sifrit, posted on her Facebook page. “She is now no longer suffering and is with the Lord.”

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A week after Mariana’s July 1 birth, her jubilant parents married. Within two hours of the ceremony, though, the newlyweds noticed that their newborn was not eating and would not wake up, they told WHO.

“She had quit breathing, and all her organs just started to fail,” Nicole Sifrit told WHO. Early symptoms of viral meningitis may include fever, light sensitivity, headache and a stiff neck, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.

The newlyweds rushed Mariana to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, where they learned that she had contracted meningitis HSV-1, which can be carried by someone with the virus even if they do not have an open sore.

Her mother told WHO she could not pinpoint exactly how Mariana caught the virus.

“It is very common to catch the virus, but very rarely does it develop into meningitis,” said Dr. Tanya Altmann, a pediatrician at Calabasas Pediatrics in California. “The first two months after a child is born are very critical, as a virus can rapidly spread and cause serious illness in newborns.”

Babies younger than 1 month and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop severe illness when diagnosed with viral meningitis, according to the CDC, which advises parents to be particularly careful during the first months of a baby’s life.

Sifrit told CNN that Mariana was airlifted to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital on July 10 when her condition deteriorated. As of Sunday, reports indicated that the baby’s condition was stable, though her liver was damaged and she was undergoing dialysis. Her condition worsened thereafter.

“Thank you to everyone who has followed her journey and supported us through this,” Sifrit wrote in her Facebook post. “In her 18 days of life she made a huge impact on the world and we hope with Mariana’s Story we save numerous newborns life. R.I.P. sweet angel.”

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Razor blades found in playgrounds, prompts fear in parents

Parents are worried after police in Texas found multiple razor blades melted into slides at local parks.

KHOU reports city workers found 4 razor blades on two slides at parks in Huntsville, a city just north of Houston.

Investigators says lighters were used to melt the blades into the plastic slides so they would be less conspicuous.

City workers were able to remove the razor blades before anyone was hurt, but parents are worried for their children.

“This should be a safe haven for children, they should be able to be playing, be normal children,” Roosevelt Dancey, a father, told the station.

Cameras have been installed nearby other parks in an attempt to catch whoever is responsible for placing the razor blades in the playgrounds.

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Razor blades found in playgrounds, prompts fear in parents

Parents are worried after police in Texas found multiple razor blades melted into slides at local parks.

KHOU reports city workers found 4 razor blades on two slides at parks in Huntsville, a city just north of Houston.

Investigators says lighters were used to melt the blades into the plastic slides so they would be less conspicuous.

City workers were able to remove the razor blades before anyone was hurt, but parents are worried for their children.

“This should be a safe haven for children, they should be able to be playing, be normal children,” Roosevelt Dancey, a father, told the station.

Cameras have been installed nearby other parks in an attempt to catch whoever is responsible for placing the razor blades in the playgrounds.

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Authorities cancel ‘missing child alert’ in search for mother and son

After a statewide search, authorities found Marla D’Andrea and her 7-year-old son on Friday night at the Orlando International Airport. 

The Jacksonville Beach Police Department reported the boy was in danger and The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a missing child alert about 8:30 p.m. It was canceled about an hour later. 

Authorities reported D’Andrea fled with her son Luke Gjelaj in a gray 2015 Hyundai Accent and drove from Jacksonville Beach to Orlando. 

D’Andrea was in custody late Friday and was held for questioning in the death of a woman at an apartment in Jacksonville Beach.

 

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