Category: Special Reports

A New Beginning: Battle With Obesity

Delia Ruiz, a woman who took her obesity into her own hands and with the help of surgery, changed her life for the healthier. Wife and mother Delia Ruiz struggled with obesity since childhood, at her heaviest weighing three-hundred and twenty-four pounds. “I stopped loving myself I stopped thinking that it was okay that I could gain the weight and it was no problem. I was just so comfortable,” says Delia Ruiz, post bariatric plastic surgery patient. In December 2010, Delia made the decision to have a bariatric surgery known as the gastric sleeve to help lose the weight, something her mother, who passed away three years ago, always wanted for her. ” She said Delia, I don’t want you to get sick, look at me the diabetes and I believe that you should not eat as much she would always tell me, I’m going to die, many times, I’m going to die and I’ll never see you thin. And I would get so angry, because it’s like I didn’t want to hear that,” explains Ruiz Delia lost 80 pounds with the gastric sleeve procedure, but knew she had to do more. “I just needed to do my part which was that I needed to understand that it was a tool that was given to me by me,” adds Ruiz. With the help of doctors, she stuck to a...

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Fox 2 News Special Report: A New Beginning

Tonight we meet Kristina McCormick, a woman whose decision to get a breast augmentation turned into a surgical nightmare, forcing her to undergo multiple surgeries to correct the complications. Breast augmentation is the most commonly performed cosmetic plastic surgery procedure–and Kristina like other patients decided to go under the knife to enhance her appearance and boost her self esteem. “Growing up I was a very athletic person, and being in athletics I did a lot of things with legs so I had the built legs and the lower body, but my upper body I did not like compared to my lower body.” Kristina researched for surgeons online and spoke with family members to find the perfect surgeon. But the surgery did not go as planned. Once they started falling into place and the swelling started dissipating and everything like that there were little minor things I noticed here and there that weren’t what they were supposed to be. Kristina’s skin had popped underneath the sternum bone, pushing one breast implant into the other. “I was like what was I thinking maybe I should have researched it a little more, and maybe I should have done something different with myself, but there was basically nothing I could do. You can never really know if something like this is going to happen to you or not,” Everybody’s different, everybody’s body is...

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Experts call for re-examination of Teen Behaviour after Santa Barbara Shooting

Experts are calling on parents and the community as a whole to be aware of the behavior displayed by our teens… Because early intervention is key in preventing a massacre like the one in california… You’ve heard it happen before… Assaults, shootings, and massacres in many corners of the country including ours… The author of friday’s shooting rampage in Santa Barbara, California, where 6 people were killed and 13 others were wounded, is one of the latest and clearest examples… An atrocity that has once again sparked debates in the community, which desperately seeks to prevent it from recurring. “There tends to be insecurity in loners that have had some kind of offense being made to them… They’ve lost faith in some way. They face rejection or by feeling ashamed in the classroom and so on and they go on as an avenger.” After carrying out his plan, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger took his life while in his BMW. In several videos posted over the course of the year he describes how rejection by women led him to the retribution. Doctor Igoa says he admits an average of one patient a day to a psychiatric hospital with similar behaviors… Reason he believes guns are not to blame… “I think unfortunately we’re just restricting using blinders to talk about guns, which are important but there is much more than that, there’s...

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MVP Partnership of McAllen offers to donate $2+ million property to help UT-RGV

Details of a proposal to donate up to five acres of prime real estate in southwest Edinburg – valued at more than $2 million – to serve as the site of the planned administrative headquarters for the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley have been made public by MVP Partnership, L.T.D. of McAllen.   The offer, submitted by prominent attorney José E. García on behalf of MVP Partnership, L.T.D., would benefit the UT System, UT-Rio Grande Valley, and the McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr-Mission Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) by placing the key headquarters, with its prestigious economic, academic, and political resources, in the heart...

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Part II: South Texas Gold Mine

The gold rush of the past century has been in discovering reserves of fossil fuels. The natural gas boom is promising for energy generation, jobs and wealth for the next 50 years. But according to Erik Anderson, an environmental ethics professor, that’s a road to ruins. “If you look at global civilization, we’re looking at keeping the carbon count in the world below 350 as of today, we’re at 402 parts per million. That’s the highest it’s been in about a million years. So, if we continue to extract this energy, in 30 years we will extract as much as we have in the last 150 years,” explains Erik Anderson, environmental ethics professor. Anderson believes that society has, in the last decade or so, become more aware of the benefits of green energy… the environmental protection agency says natural gas is a promising and viable combustible due to its low cost and fewer CO2 emissions than coal, but at the same time, the agency warns about the extraction side of this gas, which can release or leak other pollutants. “Methane is 30 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. If we do not have good infrastructure, if the infrastructure is not regulated, it becomes dated, as we’re seeing in some of the infrastructure that we have now, that’s bad news. At that point natural gas becomes a dirtier alternative to...

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