Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:16 AM EDT2013-05-22 09:16:17 GMT
Nearly 60-thousand "Lea" panel, loft and bunk beds in various sizes are being recalled. It turns out the side mattress support rails can break, posing a fall hazard. The rails are on 34 different LeaMore >>
Nearly 60-thousand "Lea" panel, loft and bunk beds in various sizes are being recalled.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:42 AM EDT2013-05-22 13:42:45 GMT
One of the great things about living in America is the American Spirit and the willingness of people to come to the aid of others during tragic events. The recent tornadoes in Oklahoma have already broughtMore >>
One of the great things about living in America is the American Spirit and the willingness of people to come to the aid of others during tragic events. While such tragedies oftentimes will bring out the best in most people, still there are those few who will take advantage of the misfortune of others for personal gain.More >>
A judge in Italy has ordered the captain of the Costa Concordia to stand trial in the shipwreck of the cruise liner, which struck a reef off Tuscany last year, killing 32 people.More >>
An Italian judge has ordered the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship to stand trial for manslaughter in the vessel's shipwreck off the coast of Tuscany, which killed 32 people.More >>
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -
A 14 year old with terminal cancer has gotten a new life – if only for a little while.
Joy Epps is spending her last days surrounded by friends and family at Hospice Savannah. But within just this past week – Joy got a new name, a new dad, a new birthday and a college degree.
Joy wanted to be wanted.
"For 14 years, I never really had a daddy. He knew about me, and I knew about him, but I guess he didn't care," she said.
A year and a half ago, her mother married Bobby Epps. Bobby wanted to adopt her, but Joy's cancer took a turn for the worse. And in October, the family decided the slim chance of elongating her life wasn't worth the pain more treatment would cause.
"When we told her she only had a couple months to live - we've been up front about everything - she was happy," Joy's mother, Leslie Epps, said. "She wanted to come home and spend the rest of the days with her family."
Joy already has lived weeks longer than her doctors predicted. Her mother and the man who wanted to become her father didn't think they'd finish Bobby's adoption of Joy in time. But last week, a judge walked into her room at Savannah Hospice.
"I think the moving part that day was when the judge had come into the room, and the judge had her robe on," Bobby said. "I think she knew it was for real, and she lit up, and the judge made it her chambers and actually swore us all in. The thing that probably touched me more than anything is when the judge asked her did she want me to be her father and she said more than anything in the world."
But that's not the only thing Joy got that day. She also got a new birthday - even a new social security number and birth certificate.
"Three years ago on Jan. 18, I got cancer, and 14 years ago on Jan. 18, I was born, so it's kind of a good and bad day," Joy said. "And after that year, I went through a year of chemo and thought everything was going to be good for my next birthday because Christmas I was told it was done. And then Jan. 18 came again and so did the cancer, and it kept reoccurring on exactly the same day, and it just happened to be my birthday, so I asked the judge if there was any way I could change my birthday, and like I didn't think it was possible but just hoping, and they said they could. So I got a new birthday, a new daddy, and so I'm kind of a whole new person."
On Sunday, Joy fulfilled her dream of becoming the first person in her family to graduate college. Savannah State University gave her an honorary degree in marine biology. Joy has had a lot of life packed into a few days. She's tired, and plans to finish up the rest of her work in a better place.
"Everyone's supposed to have their own mansion when they get up into heaven," she said. "And I'm going to build mine just the way my family would like it, and we're gonna have a nice big yard, and everyone is going to have the perfect room, and I'm gonna make sure everybody's happy."
Patricia Kelly with Dorsey Tire is collecting money for Joy's funeral expenses. To donate, contact Kelly at 912.964.6798.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:21 AM EDT2013-05-21 05:21:10 GMT
An antibiotic so popular many people know it by name has some unpopular attention from the federal government. The Food and Drug Administration has said that this could be a matter of life and death forMore >>
An antibiotic so popular many people know it by name has some unpopular attention from the federal government. The Food and Drug Administration has said that this could be a matter of life and death for some patients who use azithromycin, which is also known as Zithromax or Z-pack.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:17 PM EDT2013-05-22 03:17:49 GMT
For the first time, a Posey County woman who lost three family members in a fire earlier this year, is speaking out and making a shocking allegation. The shell of that home is still standing on TuesdayMore >>
For the first time, a Posey County woman who lost three family members in a fire earlier this year, is speaking out and making a shocking allegation.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:38 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:38:10 GMT
NASH COUNTY, NC (WYFF) - A North Carolina woman is facing charges after authorities say she tried to poison five people. Tiara Drake is charged with five counts of attempted murder. Nash County deputiesMore >>
A North Carolina woman is facing charges after authorities say she tried to poison five people.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-05-22 03:59:42 GMT
An Evansville man is spear heading a local campaign for donations to take to the victims of the tornado. The trailer is empty Tuesday night, but starting Wednesday, volunteers will begin filling itMore >>
An Evansville man is spear heading a local campaign for donations to take to the victims of the tornado.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:51 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:51:22 GMT
Information courtesy Better Business Bureau: Memorial Day is a time to honor those who serve and remember those who have died in war. But sadly, it has also become a key opportunity for fraudsters toMore >>
Memorial Day is a time to honor those who serve and remember those who have died in war. But sadly, it has also become a key opportunity for fraudsters to target those who are serving or have served their nation, especially elderly veterans.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:51 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:51:52 GMT
DONIPHAN, AR (KAIT) – A search effort is underway in Southeast Missouri. The Hartland Pit Stop in Doniphan apparently sold a $1 million Powerball ticket this past weekend, but the winner has yet to comeMore >>
A Southeast Missouri woman wrapped up a big week by taking home a piece of the record $600 million Powerball jackpot. More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >>
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:16:48 GMT
MOORE, OK - The Oklahoma County Sheriff's office tweeted a photo of a frightened, muddy dog Monday after the deadly EF-5 tornado ripped through the town.The comment accompanying the photo said, "scared,More >>
A heartbreaking photo of a little dog guarding the body of his owner, who was killed in the Moore, OK, tornado, is going viral.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:14 PM EDT2013-05-21 19:14:27 GMT
Wesselman Park is back open after police closed the park due to a suicide. Shortly after noon on Tuesday, police were called to the park and shut the north end off for over 2 hours. A man at the neighboringMore >>
Wesselman park is back open after police closed the park due to a suicide.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 4:47 PM EDT2013-05-21 20:47:21 GMT
Indiana State Excise Police officers say they seized 1,175 bootleg DVDs at an Evansville store Tuesday afternoon. Officers searched Riverside One Stop in the 400 block of E. Riverside Drive, for evidenceMore >>
Officers searched Riverside One Stop in the 400 block of E. Riverside Drive, for evidence of fraud, including unauthorized copies of DVDs displayed for sale at the store.More >>
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