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DOJ charges Texas doctor after he blew the whistle on gender-affirming care for minors

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The Department of Justice filed criminal charges against a whistleblower after he exposed a Texas hospital that was allegedly secretly conducting gender-affirming care on minors.

Dr. Eithan Haim, a surgeon who completed his residency at the Texas Children’s Hospital, was accused of HIPAA violations and has been indicted on four felony charges. Haim has vowed to fight the charges and suggested the DOJ is corrupt.

“They wanted to intimidate me into silence using every technique the federal leviathan had at their disposal. But they failed,” Haim wrote Thursday on X. “The only way to lose is to submit to corruption. It’s time to fight back harder than ever!”

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The Department of Justice charged Dr. Eithan Haim after exposing gender-affirming care for minors at Texas Children’s Hospital  (Screenshot/X/Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

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In a statement to Fox News Digital, Haim’s attorney, Marcella Burke, said, “My client is anxious to get to trial to get his side of the story told. I am confident this will result in the correct decision being made.”

Haim leaked documents to journalist Christopher Rufo in May 2023 showing that the Texas Children’s Hospital continued operating its child gender clinic against state law after they claimed it had been shut down.

Rufo previously stressed that none of the documents he obtained from Haim included patients’ personal information at the clinic.

U.S. marshals earlier this week visited Haim’s home to hand him a summons and instruct him to appear in court to face the indictments.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released an opinion in February 2022 that stated gender-affirming care for kids could be a form of child abuse under state law. The following month, Texas Children’s Hospital issued a statement saying it would stop all treatments and surgeries on children related to transgenderism.

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A sign at the U.S. Department of Justice is seen on June 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

In a piece published in the City Journal, Haim claimed that three days after the announcement, a surgeon implanted a hormone device in an 11-year-old girl who was experiencing gender dysphoria.

Haim said that over the next year, the frequency of these procedures increased.

Following the May 14, 2023, story by Rufo that included Haim’s first-hand account, the Texas legislature passed a law that banned transgender medical interventions on minors.

In June, Haim said two federal agents arrived at his home and notified him that he was a “potential target” for an investigation involving violations of federal criminal law.

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Haim’s court appearance is set for June 10, when he and his lawyers will learn more about the charges related to medical records.

Texas Children’s Hospital and the DOJ did not immediately return Fox News Digital’s request for comment. 

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Arizona man, originally from Cuba, becomes emotional at seeing the White House for the first time

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“It’s a sign of, above all, freedom.” 

Ever since Yoel Diaz moved to America from Cuba in 2021, his wife Marissa Diaz has been documenting his journey here in the United States. 

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She captured the emotional moment he received his first paycheck — and last month, she also grabbed his first trip to Washington, D.C., where he saw the White House. 

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In a video, Yoel Diaz repeatedly says, “Wow,” as he sees the building for the first time. 

Marissa Diaz captioned the video: “From dictatorship to democracy. It might house someone you don’t agree with, but the symbol of the White House means so much to many around the world, including my husband. His first time seeing the White House was emotional.”

“For those wondering,” she added, “Cuba has 65 years of dictatorship where Cubans have not been able to pick their president, hold free elections with different parties except the communist one, nor be allowed to peacefully protest their grievances to their government.”

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The caption went on, “They have no idea where their president lives. They have no access to the national congress. They are subjected to what one ideology, one party and one person wants for 11 million people.”

After coming to America in 2021, Yoel Diaz, left, and his wife, Marissa Diaz, right, have been documenting his journey in the U.S., including his recent adventure to the White House. (Marissa Diaz)

The Tempe, Arizona, couple’s video has been viewed more than 55,000 times. 

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“In Cuba, they teach us the USA is the enemy and the government is imperialist and the reason we are poor,” Yoel Diaz told Fox News Digital via text message. 

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Yoel Diaz moved to America in 2021 from Cuba. He currently holds a job in maintenance. (@mimaincuba)

“When I went and saw people protesting freely next to police, how beautiful the moments were and how nice the people were, I knew it was all a lie.”

He also said, “I couldn’t believe people could visit their representatives after a quick security pass … That to me was shocking. In Cuba, many times we don’t even know who our delegates are. That was so impressive.” 

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While in Washington, D.C., the couple met Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., both Cuban Americans.

Yoel Diaz arrived in the U.S. in 2021 on a K1 visa and then applied for residency, a process that took about a year.

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In a recent video, Yoel Diaz’s wife recorded her husband’s reaction to seeing the White House for the very first time. (@mimaincuba)

Once that was approved, he got a work authorization form and a Social Security number.

He and his wife were living with family until recently, when they finally were able to get their own place. 

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“That was a really good step,” Marissa Diaz told Fox News Digital, adding that her husband has a job in maintenance at a residential company.

“He’s learning about that and trying to improve,” she said. “He wants to make his own company.” 

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Yoel Diaz says he has already accomplished many of his dreams since living a new life in America. In an Instagram video viewed more than 55,000 times, his reaction to seeing the White House for the first time is captured. (@mimaincuba)

Yoel Diaz said he’s already accomplished many of his dreams since living in America.

“Where I come from, they don’t let you dream. I didn’t know what it was to buy in a market, what it was to go on vacation in another country and what it was to go out with your friends without fear,” he said.

“Where I come from, they don’t let you dream.”

Little things that might seem insignificant to American-born people, he said, “are my American dream.”

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Marissa Diaz wants her followers to know she is proud to be American. 

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Yoel Diaz said he has found that things that seem insignificant to so many are actually his “American dream.” (@mimaincuba)

“Sometimes it kind of seems in the U.S. being patriotic is a bad thing, it’s a negative thing to wave the flag around,” she said. 

“I think that’s so unfortunate. America has so much to offer to everybody from all backgrounds and political thoughts,” she added.

Yoel Diaz first captured viral attention in 2022, after millions of people viewed his wife’s Instagram video showing him celebrating his “first American paycheck” when he was working as a UPS driver.

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Horse dies after violent crash in Los Angeles County 

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Horse dies after violent crash in Los Angeles County 

A horse died after being struck by a sedan in the Santa Clarita Valley on Monday night. 

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials confirmed to KTLA that the collision occurred just after 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Iron Canyon and Sand Canyon roads east of Santa Clarita. 

Nearby residents said they heard the collision followed by the sedan’s female driver screaming. Video from the scene shows that the vehicle sustained heavy front-end damage, with its front bumper completely torn off and the windshield smashed. 

The horse was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.  

It was not immediately clear if there was a rider on the horse or if it was alone at the time of the collision. A saddle was observed on the horse, according to preliminary information. 

The driver of the sedan, who was not immediately identified, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, however, her condition is not known. 

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No DUI is suspected, the sheriff’s department said, adding that the area is known for horse traffic. 

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Mystery as huge group of people falls violently ill while hiking through remote part of Grand Canyon

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Dozens of hikers visiting Havasupai Falls at the bottom of the Grand Canyon have reported falling violently ill with a mysterious sickness. 

In some cases, visitors were too sick to hike back out of the canyon, and needed to be carried out via helicopter. 

Maylin Griffiths, who visited the falls in Arizona to celebrate her 40th birthday, told AZ Family that her trip quickly turned into a nightmare after she suddenly fell very ill. 

“We [left] early morning on the 6th and then set up camp. We had a wonderful campsite,” Griffiths said. “I was throwing up, just a lot of GI issues and then it just progressively got worse and worse.”

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This photo provided by Randy Shannon shows Mooney Falls on the Havasupai reservation outside the village of Supai, Ariz., May 19, 2024. Dozens of tourists say they fell ill on a recent visit to a popular and picturesque stretch of waterfalls deep in a gorge neighboring Grand Canyon National Park. (Randy Shannon via AP)

Another friend in her group also got severely ill, and the group ended up hiking back several miles to a village in the canyon to get medical attention. 

“He discovered our temperatures were really high. Mine was 104 and my friend was 105. We were violently ill. They were able to admit us to the clinic there because they considered it life threatening,” Griffiths told the outlet.

Dozens have taken to social media recently with similar experiences, including Mary Blair, who recently spoke to Fox 10 about the nightmare. 

She and eleven others set out on a forty-mile hike to the falls, planned over four days. The trip took a turn on the final night of their trip when her son suddenly developed norovirus-like symptoms. 

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This photo provided by Francesca Dupuy shows the Havasu Falls on the Havasupai reservation in Arizona, Sept. 4, 2023. (Francesca Dupuy via AP)

“He was throwing up and having diarrhea all night long. I got him in the river. We were in there at midnight, 1 o’clock, just to lower his body temperature,” Blair told the outlet.

Unbeknownst to them, others in the group were also sick. At 2 a.m., the groups started a two-mile hike out to a helicopter pad to get the sick to safety and medical attention. 

“This kid is a four-star athlete. He is the strongest out of all of us. He was using hiking poles, and he could barely walk,” Blair said of her son.

“On the way up, all of us were passing people who are throwing up and that’s when I was like, what the heck is going on?” Blair told Fox 10. “There’s probably 60–70 people down the line. There are multiple people throwing up.”

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When they got home, the Blair family saw that over 300 people had posted about similar experiences on Facebook, with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. 

It’s unclear what led to the mass illness, but Blair and her family – who are experienced hikers – told Fox 10 that nearly 400 people were camping in close quarters. Sanitary bathrooms were difficult to find, she said. 

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Havasupai Falls is located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation in Coconino County. In a Facebook post, the Havasupai Tribe Tourism Office wrote that the public water sources on the reservation are tested regularly, and were last determined to be safe for human consumption by the Havasupai Water Department on June 6. The next water test of the Fern Spring is scheduled for two weeks from June 11. 

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“There is an excessive heat warning at this time,” the tourism authority wrote. “The Havasupai Tribe reminds all tourists to properly hydrate before, during and after your visit to Havasupai. Please consider supplementing your water intake with electrolytes.” “Lastly, it is critically important that all tourists take our their trash, camping supplies and personal items,” the post continued. 

“Properly dispose of hygiene items. The trash bins in the composting toilets are not for your personal campsite trash… The cost to remove tourist trash and gear by helicopter is substantial.”

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