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Two-year-old Keith Powell from Rock Hill is at Levine Children’s Hospital waiting for an intestinal transplant needed to save his life.
“He is always smiling,” said Keith’s mother, Amber Powell. “Unless he is completely miserable with a fever he is always smiling.”
Keith was born with a condition called short bowel syndrome. It means his intestine does not work well enough to absorb nutrients from food. Doctors say he needs five organ transplants to survive.
“He needs a small intestine, large intestine, pancreas, aorta and liver,” said Keith’s dad, Jimmy Powell.
Keith’s parents are in the process of getting him on a waiting list, which could take months. In the meantime, Keith gets the life-sustaining medicine he needs through a port on his chest that runs directly to his heart.
Once he gets surgery, Keith’s immune system will be very weak.
The Powell family is in the process of building a special medical room with a filtration and ventilation system to keep as many germs out as possible when he returns home. The estimated cost is $10,000.
The community is stepping in to help with costs. Italian Island, a pizza restaurant, is hosting a fundraiser for Keith on Dec. 6.
“They are donating 10 percent of the whole income off the entire day of Saturday,” Jimmy said.
Keith’s family members said they couldn’t be more grateful for all of the support. They’re hoping to have the money they need within four months.
Click here if you are interested in making a donation toward the cost of Keith’s new room.
Doctors said Keith could be out of the hospital Tuesday. There is no word on when or if he will get the transplants.
A water main broke on Carmel Road Sunday morning.
Four feet of water surrounded homes in the south Charlotte area and three families had to be rescued.
When Channel 9 arrived on the scene Sunday morning water was gushing from the broken pipe, flooding the road and some nearby homes.
Firefighters shut down the street and brought in their swift water rescue team.
Three families and their pets had to be rescued from their homes using safety boats.
Officials don’t know what caused the water main to break.
Reporter Alexa Ashwell spoke with one man just seconds after he and his family were pulled to safety.
“This won’t be good,” Matt Wagner said.
A spokesperson from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Department said they will have more information once they get to the pipe and see what it will take to repair it.
Check back with wsoctv.com for updates.
The Buffalo Bills aren't playing your typical Monday night football game this week and the fans coming to watch won't be typical either. (Video via WKBW)
A massive snowstorm dropped 6 feet of snow in some areas of Buffalo, and caused days and days of digging things out, including Ralph Wilson stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills. So last week the NFL decided to move the game from Buffalo to Detroit. (Video via PBS)
But for ticket-paying fans, making that trip wouldn't be so easy and there aren't exactly tons of Bills fans in Detroit, a city with its own NFL franchise.
So tickets to the game were given away for free. Yes. Zero dollars and zero cents. They sold out hours after being posted online and the remaining 500 tickets available for pick-up Sunday were reportedly gone within 10 minutes. (Video via WDIV)
But now scalpers are asking for a bit more money than that.
Up to $125 per ticket more, according to ESPN.
"Unbelievable how many people were out here trying to get these tickets. Scalpers are out here buying the free tickets from people who waited in line," ESPN's Bob Holtzman said.
Which is quite the pretty penny considering tickets for Buffalo's next game, which is scheduled to be held in Buffalo, mostly sit well below that $125 price tag on StubHub.
But that's not the only issue the tickets are causing.
In a separate ESPN article, Bills president Russ Brandon mentions it's going to be tough to gauge how many fans will be there. "With free tickets, your no-show rate has a tendency to be higher."
Still, Brandon says, he expects a big crowd and doesn't believe fans who want to see the game will be turned away.
And it looks like the team could be on the road for a little while longer too. A CBS Sports report says league officials are looking at alternatives for next week's game in Buffalo due to potential flooding issues caused by the snow.
The Bills and Jet are scheduled to kick off 7 p.m. EST Monday.
This video includes images from Getty Images.Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:14:15 -0500 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories