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Christian Faith Benge’s love of God and strong faith are what her family says they will remember most about the 16-year-old who died from a medical condition after visiting a haunted house attraction Friday in Ohio night.
Benge, a sophomore at New Miami High School in Hamilton, Ohio, was transported to Atrium Medical Center after collapsing inside one of the haunted houses at Land of Illusion in Madison Twp. about 20 miles south of Dayton, officials said.
She died at the hospital from a medical condition, according to the Warren County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy is underway, said Doyle Burke, deputy coroner.
“She got halfway through and just collapsed,” her grandmother Betty Benge said. “She was almost through it.” Christian was at the attraction with about 100 friends and family members, according to her mother, Jean Benge.
Medical officials told the family part of her heart was enlarged four times its size. “They said she was like a time bomb,” Betty Benge said.
Jean Benge told the Journal-News that her daughter was born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, which prevents the lungs from developing normally.
“The heart had to compensate for the lung … it just stopped,” she said.
Jean said her “mother instinct” kicked in as she performed CPR on her daughter.
“I did CPR until the paramedics arrived. And I trust God. He has the ultimate plan,” she said. “She’s better off than we are … because of her faith in Christ I know she’s home.”
There was no injury-causing accident that happened at the haunted park, owner Brett Oakley said.
Christian was born with a very low chance of living, according to her grandfather, Ernest Benge. She sometimes had breathing problems, he said.
“I just wish there were more giving and more loving like she lived her life. She’s always been a kid that never complained, even through all the operations she went through,” he said.
— Lot Tan contributed to this report.Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:54:05 -0400
A 4-year-old Michigan boy with an inoperable brain tumor now has his own superhero theme song thanks to friends and supporters.
Chad Carr, who is the grandson of former University of Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr, was diagnosed with the tumor in September.
Social media support since then has been overwhelming and on Tuesday, a video of the song, "Chad Tough," was released on YouTube. A group named Ariel, Zoey & Eli wrote and recorded the theme song to help Chad in his battle.
Several prominent figures in the University of Michigan community make appearances in the song, including former football broadcaster Frank Beckmann, the Michigan men's basketball team and Chad’s grandfather Lloyd Carr.
The song is now available for purchase online on sites such as iTunes and Amazon.
Ariel, Zoey & Eli have directed all proceeds from the sale of the song to be given to the Carr family to ease the burden of medical bills. Donations can also be made at www.gofundme.com/chadtough and the Chad Tough Fund. Purchase a #ChadTough bracelet here.
https://twitter.com/NCAA/status/520016107961581568Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:34:23 -0400
A Florida Chili's cook was trying to bring sexy back and ended up getting fired instead.
The man, who goes by the name Justin Speekz, uploaded some shirtless photos of himself in the kitchen area of the Valrico restaurant to Facebook and entitled them "Sexy Cooks of Chili's." He's seen laying across tables where food is prepared, posing with his best 'duckface', wearing only his apron and pants but no shirt.
Customers noticed the pictures after Speekz tagged the restaurant in the photos and complained.
"That is a little disturbing," one customer told Tampa TV station WFTS.
Speekz was fired after the incident but he seems to have a back-up plan as a Tampa area rapper.