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stand up and speak out. >> well, the law would make it a felony offense to post a sexually explicit image of someone without their consent with a five-year prison sentence a $25,000 fine or both. an officer stopped a driver in a repetitive hall car and found the man violated the rnt tal car agreement and decided to search the car. he found three rifle the in the trunk. the driver took off running into traffic. he was hit by a van and died in -- died at the scene. the driver's name has not been released. a man is dead after a fire in northwest baltimore this morning. it broke out just after 5 in the 3800 block of hilton road. crews found the man in cardiac arrest. he was taken to sinai hospital where he later died. we told you that facebook, twitter and other social media sites can be anything but
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friendly for your kids. it's one of the reasons the state passed the cyber bullying law. now one school is putting it to use. don harrison explain was happened at annapolis high. >> administrators caught 11 annapolis students cyber bullying after they got a tip early this week. >> launched an investigation. the investigation flultd appropriate disciplinary action for 11 students found to be involved. that disciplinary action was handed down on tuesday morning. >> one student took a picture of another student and posted it lowfnlt the caption with the picture was nasty. >> the photo was one apartment the inappropriate message is the other part of the issue. >> reporter: students familiar with the case said one student tweeted it. it was favored or retweeted 10 times. some think the punishment is too tough.
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>> there's no need for that many to get suspend hood i don't understand why all those people got in trouble. >> reporter: school officials wouldn't describe the punishment handed down. punishment for cyber bullying can range from detention to expulsion. >> it's a very serious problem in our society. anyone with a cell phone or smartphone can attach an inappropriate message to a photo and make it even worse. >> reporter: in annapolis, don harrison, abc2 news. >> the school resource officers are aware of the event and so far, no charges have been filed. from a hand full of boys to a teen hero, we're off to edgewater where a 15-year-old saw a man stealing a fedex package from his front stems of the the teen chased him down gave his best ray lewis impression. the guy took a swipe at the teen with a knife before running off. police are giving us a warning.
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>> it always behooves -- -- behooves you to make arrangements for someone to get it. people will look for that. >> now the teen in the case was not hurt. the swing with the knife only cut his pants, not him. all right. a server's worst nightmare. a guy with the biggest tab ducks out before paying up. >> one guy is using every excuse in the book to ditch his check. 46-year-old andrew palmer has been arrested at least seven times this year for ducking out on a heavy restaurant tab. most recently he racked up a $90 tab at one restaurant. when the bill came, this time he put down his head,
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pretending to be passed out. >> the paramedics did whatever they could. shoved it up his nose. he didn't budge, didn't make a sound, kept the game going until they took him away. >> now documents obtained by abc2 shows that palmers will faked seizures trying to avoid payment. he had a steak and lobster dinner and ducked out on that one, too. mcdonald's is changing its dollar menu. which items will cost you more come monday. >> we're taking your house calls. we're talking about your eye health. the number to call is 410-481- 2222. >> normal 63. we were 6345 at bwi. had a tenth of an inch of rain.
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our weather winner, mary, congratulations. we're back with your halloween forecast right after this.
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you're looking at -- there we go. a lot of foursomes out there. wyatt will have the forecast coming up in just about five minutes. change is coming to the menu at mcdonald's.
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>> on monday the fast food change will change its dollar menu. john matarese has more so you don't waste your money. >> reporter: mcdonald's in the next two weeks will clack -- change its dollar men news. some say it's the end of the dollar menu as we know it. it's now called dollar men now and more. when the new menu is launched monday november 4th, only a few items will be a dollar including an ice cream cone and pie. the chicken and four piece mcnugget will rise to $1.530. the report says mcdonald's needs to raise prices. if culls merps only buy dollar items, it will be tough to turn it around. they can't keep serving up
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lunch items with 99 contracts. something's got to give and with a greeing number of eateries it's the dollar item. i'm john matarese. people who get a monthly check from the social security administration should see a slight bump. it amounts to $19 extra bucks. it's one of the smallest increases seen. in 2010, 2011 there were no increases. next year's increase is due follow inflation. if you gets bored and want to get away, southwest airlines is letting people bro ipad 2s. it's for those flying from chicago, midway, denver and no plans to extend in the future right now. >> we're still taking your
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house calls. we're talking about eye health. doctor, we're talking about eye health in terms of cataracts. any new treatments? my mom had to have it and was freaked out. as technology made it easier. >> very much so. cataracts is a natural aging process. people get upset. just the word and having them doesn't mean much until the cataracts progress to the point that it's interfearing with your vision and you can't perform your normal activities. really nothing has to be done except monitoring them. once it gets to the point with glasses and you can't do the things you need or want to do, then it's time to consider cataract removal. >> floaters. are they normal. >> common problem and one with aging. it's not unusual for people -- teenagers to have them.
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that's a change in the eye, the gel where it solidifies. the only concern with floaters, a very small number of people who develop them have a care that forms in the retina. if it's a new onset, you need to have your eyes examined. >> how about contact lenses. >> contact lenses well fit and prescribed by professional is safe to well. there are some approved for overnight wear. the have the majority of ophthalmologists and most of our earringses recommend against that. for the few moments to take them ot at night and put them on in the morning would help. or it could lead to an infection or loss of your eye. >> the staff at the university
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of maryland medical center midtown campus, what's the benefit of going to a specialty. >> they can dyingness and make treatment recommendations for your specific problem and even if this turns out that you have no particular problem, it's very reassurinto hear from someone to know that your eyes are healthy. >> 10 minutes left. the number to call is 410-481- 2222. take advantage of this. wyatt? >> start off with maryland's check of radar. absolutely clear and we expect it to stay so into the day tomorrow. by late tomorrow, this will likely change. for now what a difference one year makes. as we look back at literally
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today one year ago, yes superstorm sandy was moving in yesterday evening one year ago but then we look at the amount of snow still coming down from garrett county where they picked up several feet of snow. the big state of emergency shifted from the beaches, places like crisfield and out to garrett county to get those people out where they were without power in an extreme survival situation. amazing to look back. this will be the last day we do so. a broader perspective as you see sandy coming in. havre de grace stood was a mix of sun and clouds. now we have a thin overcast. 57 at the airport. winds are east at 8. take a lack at your halloween planner, not bad at all. we're talking about low 70s about 4:00. then as we go into the evening cooling off. this will be mild for all the
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ghouls and goblins with the rain holding off until midnight or either. temperature se very mild. war lea down to 57 in baltimore but a lot of spots in maryland hanging on to the low 60s and very light breeze out of the east, southeast not making much of a difference. it is humid. humidity is set to stay and climb a bit that could help fuel some of the rain and make this feel unseasonably mild. 50s, quickly climbing into the low 70s. some spots 12 degrees above average. there will be cloud cover and rain around. there's our next rain maker, rain extending into the western great lakes and chicagoland. this same system will impact us late tomorrow night and into the day on friday.
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in the meantime it will be a warm front passing through and bringing up milder conditions. in terms of the rain threat, that holds off. again, this is 6:00 tomorrow evening. rain is still west and then rain getting more significant and likely lingering into a good clunk of your friday. tonight 48, mostly cloudy a southeast breeze and tomorrow 72 your two-degree guarantee. it looks ghoulishly mild with the rain holding off tomorrow evening. there's the setup. rain is friday through the day, could extend into your friday night plans. the plan for showers. we begin to dry out by saturday. we fall back an hour. it gets chillier as the early sun set starts >> he's not loving that. >> watch this. great honor for her. >> it was a wonderful event. got a chance this go to the engineer's club for a special event for the boys and girls
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club. they have a smart girl's luncheon. it's a mentoring group. they focus on healthy living, making good choices. i was fortunate enough to be honored today for being a positive role model. there was a doctor, politician, business woman. there we are. check out the pictures. >> congratulations. that's great.
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doctors, tell us about diabetes. how does that cause diseases in the eye. >> diabetes is a disease of blood vessels and can be damaged by diabetes. now, obviously, in that happens in the eye and there's bleeding
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or leakage, it will afor example the vision. the important thing with dplaw coa is to have your eyes examined. if you have diabetes before you have symptoms. the recommendation is at least once a year a comprehensive eye examination. if problems are detected early, there are a number of treatments, laser treatments, medications to clear things up, but it has to be found early. >> thank you for providing us with, lengths information. you've got about five minutes left to get those questions answered. the number is on the screen right now. give us a call.
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here's a look last what we're working on. it's one of the many things you have to do when you move -- fill out that change of address form. >> what to look out for so you don't get hit with a charge. here we go. >> getting milder and milder as we go toward trick or treating tomorrow night. take a look at the setup. low 60s to centerville, to the northeast. we're not upper 50s. 70s in the outlook. rain is most likely after midnight tomorrow. >> all right. we'll see you tonight at 11:00.
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welcome to "world news." tonight halloween storm. a monster barrelling across the nation, threatening wind, lightning, even tornados. towns forced to postpone trick other treating. hundreds of sick workers tonight, benefits they say they deserved. the outrage over one doctor's finding. brian ross investigates. getting out alive. after a real fire, real answers. we put one family to the test. wait until you see what happens when the fire alarm goes off in the kids' bedroom. good evening. diane is off tonight and the
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countdown is on. with halloween just 24 hours away, a monster storm is rolling across the country. as families prepare to hit the streets with kids in tow, trick or treating has already been postponed in many communities. that could spread to many more in the path of this punishing storm. abc's weather editor sam champion is tracking it all. >> reporter: a line of severe storms roared through the middle of the country. strong winds and flash flooding hitting areas like houston. also in macon county, missouri golf ball sized hail pummelled drivers. the condition so bad trucks and cars were forced off the road. halloween weather promises to be more frightening, hail, strong winds, heavy wind and lightning forecasted for 12 states. one to two inches of rain from michigan to kansas with nearly three to five inches of rain on
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the southern end of the storp. the weather forcing a change of halloween plans in america's heartland. >> i have six kids. i don't want to drag them out in the pouring rain. i was considering buying some candy. that way they'll have it even if we don't make it out. >> reporter: in chicago those we speak to said the weather won't halt their halloween haunting. >> the weather is not going to stop us. we'll go out and have fun. >> reporter: big storms this time of year usually have a sno snowy component. this one does not. for halloween day and halloween night you're not affected by this storm. it's from the great lakes to america's heartland that are going to be affected but will be a very strong line of storms during that 24-hour period. >> right across the middle of the country, sam, thanks very much. to dafrnt kind of storm, this one in washington as the woman in charge of president
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obama's health care program, kathleen sebelius apologized and at times lost her patience. jim avila was there for the fireworks. >> reporter: official finger pointing day an capitol, producing a whatever moment from the woman in charge of obama care. >> you're saying that the president is not responsible for hhs? >> sir, i didn't say that. >> it is the president's ultimate responsibility, correct? >> whatever. yes, he is the president. he's responsible. reporter: in boston this afternoon the president actually agreed. >> i take full responsibility for making sure it gets fixed asap. >> reporter: back at the often rude grand stan of a three hour congressional hearing -- >> amazon would never do this -- >> reporter: secretary sebelius is caught muttering. >> don't do this to me.
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>> reporter: but there was a full throated sorry to the american people. >> you deserve better. i apologize. >> reporter: political theatre made even more bizarre by the website itself, crashing again in all its glory today, even as its creator spoke. >> the website has never crashed. it is functional but at a very slow speed and very low reliability. >> reporter: huh, never crashed really? >> let's put the screen shot up. >> it has crashed and it will probably continue to crash. >> reporter: the house grilled the secretary about this memo from the lead contractor on the site the month before launch which clearly warnings not enough time in schedule to conduct adequate performance testing. >> none of them advised a delay. no one indicated that this could possibly go this wrong. >> reporter: one morbidity of news from the president. he tweaked his promise today.
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do you remember if you like your insurance you can keep your insurance? that changed to, for the vast majority who have insurance that works, you can keep it. george? >> jim, thanks very much. now a new twist in that shocking cirque du soleil tragedy. when a young performer and mom plunge 100 feet. her death has been a mystery until now. tonight investigators say they know what went wrong and as david wright reports, cirque du soleil and the cass seen know will pay a big price. >> reporter: in june audience mebd watched in horror as sarah guillot-guyard plunged to her death. today cirque du soleil was
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ordered to pay more than $30,000 in fines because the agency concluded they did not provide proper training and exposed employees to hazards. according to osha's investigate, the wire rope hoisting the mother of two up a sheer wall was severed due to the rapid assent of the performer after it popped out of a pulley. she fell nearly 100 feet to the floor. even for experienced performers these stunts can be dangerous. a performer in spiderman was badly injured after he plunged from a broadway stage. both cirque du soleil and the mgm grand are appealing the condition and both say that safety has always been a priority. a big medical headline tonight about teenagers and head injuries. a new report says we are not doing enough to protect young athletes from concussions. it comes from the national research council and institute of medicine and shows many
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injuries are going unreported and claims parents, coaches and teams for ignoring the warning signs and found the rate of concussions for cheerleaders is growing. we turn to an abc news investigation into a new fight for workers who embody america's can do spirit. coal miners. they do one of the testifiest jobs in the world and tonight they are battling the companies they have worked for their entire lives. brian ross is here with this exclusive report. good evening, brian. >> reporter: good evening. black lung remains the scourge of the coal country. yet we found that big coal companies have been able to avoid playing millions of dollars to coal miners thanks largely to doctors in the country's top hospitals. >> reporter: steve's doctors found he had black lung from
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breathing in so much coal dust. the disease scars and shrinks the lungs. >> my doctors say my lungs are shot. >> reporter: he says he can't be far from oxygen and in 2005 he was awarded a $1,000 a month disability benefit under a federal program for coal miners with black lung. but day's coal company appealed the case and then won after it hired a doctor at one of the country's most prestigious hospitals, johns hopkins in baltimore. dr. paul wheeler found day did not have disabling black lung, the same opinion he has given against hundreds of coal miners who also been denied benefits. for dr. wheeler's opinions, the coal companies have paid hopkins millions of dollars. >> you have essentially become dr. no. you never find. >> i do find. >> reporter: according to records from the last 13 years, examined by abc news and the center for public integrity, of
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1,573 cases dr. wheeler never found a single case that would automatically qualify a miner for benefits, not one. >> you stand by all those cases? >> absolutely. that's my opinion and i have a perfect right to my opinion. >> reporter: based on the opinions of dr. wheeler and a small circle of other expensive doctors, coal miners across appalachia, men like mack lester are fighting a losing battle to get black lung benefits. at best fewer than one in ten is successful. >> i have no idea what happens once the x-rays leave my department. >> does it matter to you? >> it would matter to me if i were wrong and no one has proven to me that i'm wrong. >> reporter: we found he's been wrong a lot in over 100 cases including that of gary fox. it was only after fox died that an autopsy proved fox had black lung. after wheeler's opinion had been used to deny him benefits for ten years. >> it's a total national disgrace. the deck is stacked in theory
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and in practice against coal miners, men and women, and it is tragic. >> reporter: and in the case of steve day, we sent his medical file to the doctor who once oversaw the government's extra screening program for black lung, dr. jack parker. >> this is a classic case of black lung. >> any doubt about it in your mind? >> no doubt whatsoever. this represents advanced black lung disease. >> reporter: but it comes too late for steve day who says his doctors have told him he now has only a few months to live because of a deadly black lung disease that dr. wheeler said he did not have. >> it's unfair and if he doesn't have black lung, black lung never did exist for anybody. >> reporter: yet, dr. wheeler's opinion for the coal companies continues to carry the day in one black lung benefit case after another based largely on his credentials from johns hopkins which says it has no reason to doubt the findings. >> there is movement in congress
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on this? >> senator rockefeller introduced legislation to pursue what he calls the injustice between the coal company and the miners but he says it's a tough fight. they suffer in silence and there hasn't been much attention paid to it until tonight. now a story about a modern day good samaritan, a bus driver doing his rounds on an ordinary day when he sees something others chose to miss and does exactly the right thing. it was all caught on tape and linsey davis brings us his story. >> reporter: call it a real life instance of what would you do? watch as surveillance video cap tours the moment of a woman standing on a narrow ledge on the other side of the guardrail, apparently contemplating jumping onto a local express way below. this man walks right by, this biker keeps on pedaling but barton pulled over and stops the
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bus. the woman turns to look at him but doesn't respond. that's when he goes to her. >> i basically told her there is nothing that serious and where she was was a dangerous place. >> reporter: barton literally talks her off the edge, helping her climb back over the guardrail. then he sits with her and just talks. >> i gave her encouraging words. i grew up in a church so in the background i heard my mom's voice. when he gets back on the bus the passengers, mostly high school students, give him a round of applause. >> the bible says be ready in season and out of season. you have to be ready. if you have time to anything, you have time to do the right thing. >> reporter: his co-workers call him big country but across this big country tonight, it's his big heart we'll all remember. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> how great that darnell was ready. still ahead, we put a family to the test of homes surrounded by smoke. they thought they knew what to
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next tonight our real answers team is back. with the weather getting colder across america, more families are turning up the heat at night and that means more house fires, 1,000 every day. abc's byron pitts shows us how to make sure that every member of the family gets out alive. >> reporter: six months ago a neighbor's house went up in flames. so the decampo family knew they needed a plan. that's why today 8-year-old eli knows it like his abcs. >> if we're in bed sleeping and the smoke alarm goes off, we go down stairs and see if we can
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get out the front door. >> reporter: it's his 4-year-old sister lila who worries parents ann and ray. >> sometimes the smoke alarm goes off when i'm cooking and she refuses to get out of bed. >> reporter: with the help of the fire department, we put this family to the test. tip one, smoke detectors, the more the better. the decampos had one in the kitchen, the basement, every bedroom. but the fire department installed another in the bedroom hall way. >> smoke rises. before it hits the room it will hit the hall way. >> reporter: tip two, practice in real time. we put cameras in the kids' bedroom and hall way and waited for them to fall asleep. firefighters added theatrical smoke. it's harmless. >> he's getting up. he's getting low under the smoke. take it easy. >> he did very good. >> she's sound asleep. are you all right? >> are you okay?
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>> yes. >> good job. >> reporter: but where is lila. >> she needs to wake up. >> reporter: minutes tick by, the alarm doesn't stop. lila never moves. >> i can't believe she's still asleep. >> reporter: firefighters tell us young children tend not to wake up so you need to plan for that. authorities say children respond more redly to a parent's voice. tip three, record a personal fire alarm warning. in a real blaze this bedroom could have gone up in flames in 45 seconds. at the fire department training center we suit up. tip four, stay low. >> standing in a room filling with smoke, the reasons to get low become obvious quickly. one, it's to see as the toxic smoke rises to the ceiling. the number one cause of death in a house fire is asphyxiation. >> reporter: even in their protective gear, firefighters stay low. it can be probably 400 degrees
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down here. if you go up two or three feet it could be 1500 degrees. >> reporter: once it's engulfed in flames, bang ketd in smoke your home becomes a trap, everything inside a river of fuel. there is no time fo waste. >> if we can get you out 30 seconds earlier it may be enough to save your life. >> reporter: keeping your family safe. it's possible in a fire if you have a plan. byron pitts, abc news, syracuse. coming up, an extreme makeover raising a lot of eyebro eyebrows. one woman transformed from this to this in 37 seconds. that's next in our "instant index." she loves a lot of the same things you do. it's what you love about her. but your erectile dysfunction - that could be a question of blood flow. cialis tadalafil for daily use helps you be ready anytime the moment's right. you can be more confident in your ability to be ready. and the same cialis is the only daily ed tablet approved to treat ed and symptoms of bph, like needing to go frequently or urgently. tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medications,
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finally tonight our obsession with capturing everything on camera, pictures so easy to take with these and so easy to share on the internet, a new study shows 62 percent of adults online post pictures and videos. abc's jon dvan has tips on how to make your favorite memories look even better. >> reporter: new york landmark, times square with how many angles to it? well, there's this. and this. and this. and this. and this. and this. and this. as many as there are of us taking pictures of it, which is -- well -- a lot more than there used to be. we're a photographer nation now. thanks to a newly formed 21st century limb, the camera phone. take a look. in 1930, the world was taking a billion photographs a year. a lot. in 1960, it tripled to 3 billion. in 1990, 57 billion. right now, 850 billion. and while there may be too many pictures of what people had for lunch, a cliche never again
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sunset ot shoe-stagrams, there are more stunning pictures being taken too. glimpses into what we see and share with each other. joe brown, technology editor at "wired," amateur photographer, professional critic, knows exactly how best to capture that moment. >> people are getting better, which is nice because my facebook feed doesn't look so terrible anymore. >> reporter: the most common mistake? >> using the flash. like, if you want to make your subject look like a vampire, by all means, shine a giant, ultra white light in their face. >> reporter: also, use those lines. turn on that grid you didn't even know was there. straighten things up. >> nothing kills a photograph more than it being crooked. >> reporter: and be mindful of composition. use those gridlines to place your subjects along its intersections. professionals call it the rule of thirds. and finally, be alive to the moments around you. freeze some beauty. capture what used to be gone in an instant, but now lingers, alive, in photographer nation. and the 4.4 trillion photographs
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that now exist to tell your story. john donvan, abc news, new york. >> thank to jon john for a good photographer fee course. send us your photos. you can share them an flicker. go to to find out how. that's all for us tonight. thanks for watching. have a good night and i'll see you tomorrow on "gma."
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>> announcer: the following program is sponsored by operation smile. every year, hundreds of thousands of children are born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate. >> why should any child anywhere on this planet have to live a life of misery? >> a lot of people think that children that are born with these deformities are cursed. just imagine a life alone, that nobody wanted to be around you. >> and we had children coming in for screening with brown bags over their head. they're never allowed to leave their house unless they have a bag on their heads. >> some children don't live because they have problems with eating and drinking and die of
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malnutrition. >> and they see us as their last resort. >> every child deserves a fair chance at life. >> it may only take an hour to do something that'll change their lives forever. >>nd you just see a whole new person, a whole new beginning. it's almost like they're reborn. i can't think of another word but "phenomenal." >> as a mother, i would do anything i could to help my child live a normal life, and i'm sure you would, too. but what if you couldn't do anything? what if you were totally helpless? that's the situation for hundreds and thousands of parents in developing countries whose children are born with cleft lip or cleft palate. in the united states, these deformities are corrected shortly after birth, but in many countries around the world, these children are left
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untreated and are shunned. [ indistinct conversations ] i'm in le loi hospital. the volunteer operation smile medical team has come from all over the world to perform surgeries, and parents have brought their children here hoping that they'll be selected. 9-year-old sut has been ridiculed and rejected all his life. sut isn't even his real name, but that's what he's been called from the day he was born. "sut" means "hair lip" -- a terrible name for a child born with a cleft lip. he's from a very poor family who could never afford surgery. when he was 5, he went for his first day of school. the other kids laughed at him and made fun of him, so he ran away from school, and he's never been back. he has problems speaking, eating, and drinking. >> he's got to be able to move
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his lip, so that's the first part of speech, so that's why we've got to be able to fix this part so he can talk better. can you open your mouth wide? good. can i hear you say "ah!" >> ah! >> there are so many children that have facial deformities and cleft palate and cleft lip, and they need so much attention and help, and especially how we do it at home so young and to think that we have 7- and 8-year-olds in these countries that need help. >> [ speaking vietnamese ] >> if we don't do it, the children are gonna have deformities for the rest of their lives. it'll affect their happiness, their ability to speak, the way they look. and if we can just do a simple procedure -- it may only take an hour to do something that'll change their lives forever. [ child crying ] >> operation smile began when my wife, kathy, and i were asked to go on a medical mission to the philippines to take care of
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children who were born with cleft lips and cleft palates. >> while in the philippines, we turned away 250 children, and we always had hoped that we would be able to take care of those kids. and we went back. we gathered a group of our friends. and we did that. we took care of those children. >> that decision literally changed the course and the direction of our lives, our families' lives, our values, and, i believe, our purpose in life. >> this little guy's name is son. he's 2 years old. he was born with both a cleft lip and a cleft palate, which is an opening in the roof of his mouth. his mom is very worried. son has difficulty eating and often chokes on his food. they don't have enough money for
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rice, much less to afford this surgery. she never ever thought he might have thichance. she says she wants him to be handsome. the hardest part is operation smile can't possibly operate on all these children this week. more that 500 kids have come here for screening, most of them from miles and miles away. but we'll only be able to help about 100 children this trip. >> why should any child anywhere on this planet have to live a life of misery because someone isn't there to take care of them? there's no justice in that. >> ngan, who's 3, has a beautiful smile, but it wasn't always this way. she was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. last year, operation smile repaired her lip, and she's back


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