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Texas boy, 10, in NYC ICU in coma after dream birthday trip turns tragic: 'Shriek of pain'

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A Texas family’s trip to the Big Apple for their 10-year-old son’s birthday turned into a nightmare, after their son became violently ill and was induced into a coma at a New York City ICU.

Riker Stippick’s family surprised him with a birthday vacation to New York City to experience the popular Broadway musical, Hamilton, and to eat his first slice of New York City pizza.

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“Bless his sweet little heart,” David Stippick, Riker’s dad, told FOX 7. 

“He wanted to go to the Weehawken dueling ground where Aaron Burr and Hamilton had their duel,” he said.

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10-year-old Riker Stippick is in a NYC ICU after he became violently ill on his birthday trip to the Big Apple. (FOX 7 Austin via David Stippick)

Stippick said that on his son’s tenth birthday, the last thing on his mind was that his son could become violently ill.

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“Your kid is happy and healthy and 10, you kind of assume they’re going to stay that way,” said Stippick.

On the way to the World Trade Center, Riker’s health took a turn, and he shared with his parents that he was experiencing the “worst headache” he had ever had.

“There’s a building over there that we walked through and as soon as we walked through that building he said, ‘Oh, I have a really bad headache. This is the worst headache I’ve ever had,’” Stippick told the local outlet.

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Riker Stippick wanted to go to New York City for his 10th. birthday, his parents told FOX 7. (FOX 7 Austin via David Stippick)

Moments later, the birthday boy vomited and laid down near a bench to rest.

“It was like a shriek of pain,” said Stippick.

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They took him to the hospital, where doctors put him in a medically induced coma.

“It’s as awful as it sounds, you know what I mean?” said Stippick.

Riker Stippick sick in bed

Doctors said that they believe that Riker experienced an arteriovenous malformation, which is an abnormal connection between his arteries and veins. (FOX 7 Austin via David Stippick)

New York City doctors told Riker’s parents that they believe that he may have experienced an arteriovenous malformation, which is an abnormal connection between his arteries and veins and can cause bleeding into the brain or spinal cord.

Doctors said that the 10-year-old experienced an aneurysm inside his arteries and veins– leading to his excruciating pain.

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Surgeons had to drill a hole into Riker’s skull to drain blood and fluid and to remove clotting.

“We don’t know the genuine hope of if and when he does come out of this, what kind of therapies or treatments are going to be needed down the line,” said Stippick.

The Stippick family at a Broadway show

The Stippick’s told FOX 7 that they have been overwhelmed with support from their community in Texas after their son fell violently ill. (FOX 7 Austin via David Stippick)

Doctors still need to do an MRI on the boy before they can give his family an official diagnosis.

They told Riker’s parents that he must become stable and get off of his tubes and machines before they can fully diagnose him.

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Now the Stippicks are praying that their son will wake up from the coma and that they will receive answers to their many questions about their son’s health.

“We never expected it to be our reality, but it is,” said Stippick.

The family’s support system, including their church in Texas, has rallied around the family during their nightmare.

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Their church’s lead pastor at Peace of Christ Church opened a GoFundMe account that reached more than $78,000 in just a few days.

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“I don’t have the words to say thank you to everybody outside the words thank you,” said Stippick.

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Texas authorities say nearly three dozen roosters seized at illegal cockfighting event

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Nearly three dozen roosters were seized by Texas authorities following an investigation into a large cockfighting ring, officials said. 

The Caldwell County Sheriffs Office on Sunday said nine people were also detained and 20 vehicles and a trailer were towed.

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The alleged cockfighting ring was linked to the 3090 block of Dry Creek Road in Lockhart, the sheriff’s office said. Authorities have cracked down on the illegal practice in recent years. 

FILE – Roosters attack each other during rooster fight as part of Jonbeel festival in India. Authorities in Texas said 35 roosters were seized on Sunday at an illegal cockfighting event. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

In November, the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office said hundreds of people were in attendance at an illegal cockfighting event. 

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Deputies were also able to locate various items of gambling paraphernalia including a dry-erase board documenting various “fights/matches” between birds which indicated that some 44 matches/fights had already taken place earlier in the day.

In April 2022, a man was attacked and killed by a rooster in Ireland. Jasper Kraus was allegedly attacked by a Brahma chicken that was moved to his property in Ballinasloe after it attacked a child.

The rooster had a history of attacking people. 

Kraus was found on the ground in the kitchen in a pool of blood with a wound on the back of one of his legs.

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Stolen big rig burst into flames after pursuit in Southern California

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Stolen big rig burst into flames after pursuit in Southern California

Authorities with the California Highway Patrol were in pursuit of a driver in a suspected stolen tractor-trailer big-rig truck out of Bakersfield Wednesday night.  

The suspect led CHP in pursuit on the southbound 5 Freeway, near the 405 Freeway interchange shortly after the pursuit was initiated. The driver later transitioned onto the eastbound 134 Freeway.  

Hitting speeds of around 70 miles per hour, the big rig was seen swerving from side to side on the freeway.  

  • Stolen big-rig burst into flames after pursuit in Southern California
  • Stolen big-rig burst into flames after pursuit in Southern California
  • Stolen big-rig burst into flames after pursuit in Southern California
  • Stolen big-rig burst into flames after pursuit in Southern California

The suspect later made his way to the eastbound 210 Freeway toward San Bernardino County where officers successfully deployed a spike strip in the Claremont area, blowing out the front tires on the big rig.  

In Rancho Cucamonga, the big rig caught fire. The driver exited the vehicle and fled.

He was taken into custody not long after.  

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The big rig was fully engulfed in flames as the fire department was responding and traffic on the freeway was at a complete standstill.

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NASA seeks participants for second year-long Mars mission simulation

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NASA is searching for the next four-person crew to participate in a one-year program at Johnson Space Center in Houston, simulating life and conditions on the planet Mars.

The mission will be the second of three year-long Mars surface simulations called Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog, or CHAPEA, and is expected to kick off in the Spring of 2025.

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The first four-person crew was locked into the habitat, called the Mars Dune Alpha, in June 2023, and is more than half way through their mission.

The inaugural crew consists of Commander Kelly Haston, a research scientist with experience in stem cell-based projects; flight engineer Ross Brockwell, a structural engineer and public works administrator; medical officer Nathan Jones; and science officer Anca Selariu.

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A four-person crew entered a Mars simulator in June 2023, where they will live for the next 378 days. (NASA)

The data acquired through the simulations is intended to help NASA prepare for human exploration of Mars.

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NASA said in a press release that the Mars Dune Alpha habitat simulates challenges of a mission to Mars, including resource limitations, equipment failures, communication delays and other environmental stressors.

Some of the tasks crew members may participate in are robotic operations, spacewalks, habitat maintenance, exercise and crop growth.

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Space walk area of the Mars simulation

The crew will practice space performance in the space walk area. (Joy Addison/Fox News)

NASA is looking for U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are healthy, non-smokers, between 30-55 years old and proficient in English.

The selection follows the standards NASA uses when considering astronaut candidates.

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Specifically, a master’s degree in a STEM field like engineering, mathematics, or biological, physical or computer science from an accredited institution, plus two years of professional experience is required. Alternatively, anyone with over 1,000 hours piloting a plane will be considered.

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NASA could not simulate the gravity on Mars. (Joy Addison/Fox News)

NASA said it may consider candidates with two years of work completed toward a doctoral program in STEM, a medical degree, four years of professional experience, military officer training or a Bachelor of Science degree in a STEM field.

The deadline to apply is April 2.

With backgrounds in science and engineering, the crew members will be part of a simulated mission to Mars, where the crew will eat, drink and exercise while in simulation.

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The 1,700-square-foot, 3D printed facility is about the size of a three-to-four-bedroom house and will be used for NASA’s longest analog mission to date: 378 days.

The habitat will be a place where the crew will practice personal hygiene and healthcare, like drawing blood, while also allowing them to exercise, grow food and collect geological samples.

The habitat will be packed with all the supplies that will go to Mars. What the habitat will not be able to simulate, though, is the red planet’s gravity.

But that is where virtual reality comes into play. While in the habitat, virtual reality will allow crew members to simulate space walks or Mars walks, as well as other tasks the crew may encounter on Mars, including removing dust from the space suit or solar panels or repairing the habitat.

 

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As crew members live within the confines of the simulator, scientists will be measuring their performance, cognition and health over the year to understand what the crew will go through.

The data collected will then be handed to the vehicle planners.

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