US Ship Finds Mysterious ‘GHOST SHIP,’ Whole Crew Dead. What Happens Next Is Shocking

The legendary ghost ship “SS Ourang Medan” was allegedly found adrift at sea, with its whole crew dead for unknown reasons. To this day, the ominous ship remains a chilling mystery that has become a nautical legend around the world.

Explanations abound as to what caused the crew to die in a most ghastly-seeming way and then caused the ship to explode suddenly and unexpectedly when rescuers attempted to tow her to port.

The Dutch freighter Ourang Medan was traveling through the Straights of Malacca in June 1947 when the vessel sent out a chilling SOS signal:

“All officers including captain are dead, lying in chartroom and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead.”

This was followed by some indecipherable Morse code, and ended with the cryptic final words: “I die.”

The message was received by two listening posts—a British and Dutch—near Malaysia and Sumatra. After they had triangulated her position, they alerted ships nearby where the Ourang Medan was located.

The U.S. merchant ship Silver Star was the first to reach the Ourang Medan following the SOS. They waved and shouted, but saw no signs of life on the deck, just an ominous silence.

When the Silver Star sent a rescue team aboard the Ourang Medan to investigate, what they found was a bone-chilling nightmare: The whole crew had been killed in a most ghastly-seeming way. Their eyes were wide open in horror; mouths agape as if screaming their last breaths; their arms outstretched as if fending off some invisible killer.

Unable to explain what had happened, the Silver Star decided to hook a line onto the Ourang Medan and tow her to the nearest port. The attempt failed, however, as thick smoke began billowing from the lower decks of the Dutch ship, disrupting the rescue attempt.

The crew desperately evacuated the smoking vessel and cut the line just before the Ourang Medan exploded with such force that the ship was thrown out of the water. The vessel sank to the bottom of the ocean, taking with her all clues of what caused the explosion, and what had killed her crew…

…So goes one version of this mysterious nautical tale.

Theories abound as to what caused Ourang Medan’s inexplicable end. One cryptic fact about the vessel is that currently, there are no records whatsoever that the ship ever existed, making it quite literally a “ghost ship,” while leading some to believe that the incident was part of some transnational cover-up.

Some add to the theory that the vessel had been carrying an illegal shipment of lethal nerve gas as part of the war effort, on behalf of several countries, including the Netherlands, United States, Japan, Germany, China, as well as others. This could have motivated a cover-up and the expunction of all records of the vessel’s existence after the plan had been foiled.

The beat-up old Dutch ship would have provided the most inconspicuous cover for transporting the illicit cargo overseas; however, even a small leak of the deadly chemical would quickly kill everyone on board. A mix of saltwater and nitroglycerin in the cargo may then have caused the explosion, which sank the ship.

And there are more theories: Another claims that pirates killed the Ourang Medan crew, while another theory explains that the crew was asphyxiated by clouds of noxious methane that gurgled up from a fissure on the seafloor. Yet another explanation is that an unnoticed fire in the ship’s boiler system might have caused the demise of the vessel. Carbon monoxide also could have caused their deaths.

Beyond such “plausible” explanations, there are indeed more paranormal ones: The rescue team who boarded the Ourang Medan described feeling an “extreme chill” in the hallways of the Dutch vessel even though the temperatures were above 40 degrees Celsius (110 degrees Fahrenheit) outside. This, along with the terrifying expressions on the faces of the crew, led to the theory that ghosts caused the ghastly episode.

And of course, there is a very popular theory that aliens had caused the demise of the ship. Indeed, there have been entire books dedicated to explaining this theory.

Although the events surrounding the Ourang Medan shall perhaps never be fully known, her story has all the elements of a good mystery: inexplicable deaths, government conspiracies, deadly weapons, pirates, ghosts, and aliens!

Could it have been as simple as nerve gas killing the crew? Could there be some supernormal explanation involving ghosts or aliens? What do you think happened to the Ourang Medan and her crew?

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Colbert Asks Keanu Reeves, ‘What Happens When We Die?’–His Answer Leaves Host Speechless

The actor who downed the red pill in “The Matrix” and once played the role of the Buddha himself betrayed his insightful mind on late-night television.

Keanu Reeves left talk show host Stephen Colbert without words on Friday when he was posed a question about our own human mortality. The philosophical topic stemmed from a discussion about two of the 54-year-old actor’s upcoming projects.

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Reeves revealed that the third installment of “John Wick,” coming out this week, features ninjas on motorcycles and “immersive” action scenes performed by the actor himself. It took months of preparation and martial arts training to pull off the highly choreographed fight sequences.

“So, what’s it like to fight on a horse,” asked Colbert after getting into some nitty-gritty of shooting the assassin flick.

To which Keanu replied, “It’s fun.”

“Does that not make you nervous at all? […] you could get thrown and trampled,” Colbert asked.

“Yeah, you could die!” answered Keanu, to the audience’s amusement.

Talk then turned to the comeback of a classic—Bill and Ted after their “Excellent Adventure” and “Bogus Journey” for a third sequel. The upcoming title “Bill and Ted Face the Music” will see the return of co-star Alex Winter and will feature the friends over 25 years later with a new mission.

“They were supposed to write the song that was supposed to unite the world, and bring peace and everything, but they haven’t,” Reeves explains.

“A lot of pressure,” says Colbert. And, we learn that they have to save the universe, and they have only 80 minutes. “Wow! What happens if you don’t do this?”

“It’s the end of the universe,” Reeves replies. “It’s the end of time and space continuum, it’s all over.”

And, that’s when Colbert delves a little deeper, “So, you’re facing your own mortality and the mortality of all existence. Wow!”

Yeah,” Keanu says, nodding his head.

Then Colbert lays it down: “What do you think happens when we die, Keanu Reeves?”

To which Keanu exhales deeply and answers, “I know that the ones who love us will miss us.” Which leaves Colbert speechless and appears to give him immense satisfaction. He simply smiles from deep down, and reaches out to shake Keanu’s hand.

As the audience applauds, it’s the perfect place to end the clip on a profound note, while giving the host and the whole world something to ponder on.

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White House Provides Site to Report Social Media Complaints Related to Political Bias

The Trump administration has set up a website where people can file a report if they believe their social media accounts have been banned, suspended, or otherwise affected because of political bias.

“The Trump Administration is fighting for free speech online,” the White House said in a May 15 tweet. “No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it!”

The website,, asks its visitors a series of questions, including name, email address, what happened to their social media accounts, and on what social media, offering the options of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Other.

“SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS should advance FREEDOM OF SPEECH,” the site says. “Yet too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear ‘violations’ of user policies.”

If a specific social media post is involved, the website asks for a link to it. If the social media platform sent the user a notification, the website asks for a screenshot of it.

The site asks people to agree with a roughly one-page User Agreement, which outlines that people who submit their reports must be citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States and over 18 years of age. It also explains that the government can “use, edit, display, publish, broadcast, transmit, post, or otherwise distribute” all the information people provide.

President Donald Trump recently came to the defense of conservatives censored by tech companies, after Facebook banned several influential figures from its social media platforms in early May.

“This is the United States of America—and we have what’s known as FREEDOM OF SPEECH!” he said in a tweet. “We are monitoring and watching, closely!!”

The tech companies have denied that there is political bias in their content policing, but have increasingly cracked down on “hate speech”—a concept derived from the ideology of political correctness, which is shunned by a majority of Americans.

Only 36 percent of Americans would like the country to be more politically correct, according to a Nov. 28–Dec. 4 NPR/PBS/Marist poll (pdf).

Moreover, Americans significantly diverge on what “hate speech” is.

Democrats are much more likely to call a variety of statements “hateful,” while Republicans are more likely to call them “offensive, but not hateful,” a 2017 Cato survey showed (pdf).

Conservatives have been reluctant to call for government intervention into how social media polices content, but many worry that social media’s silencing popular, albeit controversial, conservative commentators could sway the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Everyone Facebook has banned was instrumental in getting Donald Trump elected. This is punishment, this is political purge. This has nothing to do with ‘hate’ or ‘violating terms of service,’” said Paul Joseph Watson, chief reporter at InfoWars, in a May 2 YouTube video after his Facebook and Instagram accounts were deleted.

The most popular idea on how the government could push against social media censorship is to strip them of their designation as a “platform.”

Interactive computer service providers are shielded from liability for content created by their users under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996.

The argument is that if the tech companies want to excessively filter, sort, and restrict content on their platforms, they should be treated as publishers and thus face liability if the content is defamatory. The hope would then be that the companies would lay off the censorship in order to avoid being designated as publishers.

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Beto O’Rourke embarrasses himself while livestreaming his haircut and massage

Just days after complaining about his “privilege,” Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke livestreamed himself getting a haircut and a massage. Social media users torched the former Texas lawmaker after his online appearance. During the 12-minute video, as O’Rourke’s barber Manuel cut the candidate’s hair, O’Rourke spoke Spanish, discussed topics like his children, economy, education reform,…

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2020 Democrat Known for Relationship With Syrian Dictator Claims Trump Admin Is Doing What Al Qaeda Wants

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) faced backlash after placing Trump administration officials on a list with the terrorist group Al Qaeda. Over the past few weeks, tensions between the United States and Iran have escalated. President Donald Trump ordered an aircraft carrier, B-52 bombers, and 120,000 American soldiers to position themselves near Iran, but has come short of authorizing a…

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Top Alabama Democrat Blasts Abortion Law: ‘We Raped Women Last Night’ (VIDEO)

Appearing Wednesday on CNN’s New Day, Alabama State Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton (D) compared the State Senate’s passage of what could be the country’s strictest abortion law to the act of rape. Lawmakers on Tuesday evening voted 25-6 to pass the bill, which criminalizes all abortions except for when the life of the mother is at risk. Under the law, doctors…

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‘Live Barbecued Dog’ Revealed as a New Low in China’s Animal Treatment

Warning: This report contains disturbing images.

A restaurant was exposed by concerned social media users for serving dog meat from dogs that were barbecued alive in China’s Shandong Province.

Though original videos were posted by the restaurant’s owner in March, social media users exposed the restaurant’s cooking methods on May 15, according to various Chinese media news outlets. The post said the restaurant described the meat as “Live Barbecued Dog,” and “Live Skinned Dog.”

The shop, named “Ol’ Liu’s Dog Meat Restaurant” first shared videos of the dogs being cooked on March 3. A sign hanging on the right side of the shop reads “Teriyaki Dog Meat.”

The users took footage of a man using a blow torch on a dog’s head, clearly showing it still being alive as it stood up and attempted to escape a few seconds later. The dog’s face is blackened, and blood can be seen on its wet fur. The video of the dog being burned by a blow torch was described by the restaurant as “Southern Crispy-Skin Dog Meat.”

A dog being cooked alive by a blow torch (L), and trying to escape seconds later (R). The initial online sharing titled it as “Southern Crispy-Skin Dog Meat.” (The Beijing News)

The man who shared the images is the husband of the restaurant owner. He said through text that “it’s the special recipe of other dog meat restaurants for the ‘Southern Crispy-Skin Dog Meat,’” according to WeChat messages with The Beijing Times. The husband did not explicitly confirm or deny if  the dog shown was cooked at his wife’s restaurant.

WeChat is the most popular instant messaging program in China, and has an image and video sharing function similar to Facebook.

Another clip showed a dog laying on its back on a barbecue grill, its jaw still twitching, and weakly whimpering as it lays on a metal grate. The dog laying on the grate was described as “Non-Gutted Live Barbecuing.”

A dog, still alive, whimpering on a metal grate. It was described as “Non-Gutted Live Barbecuing.” (The Beijing Times)

Another image, shared on March 9, showed a dog being skinned alive, with the caption: “[A] child skinning the dog alive.”

An image of a dog reportedly being skinned alive with the help of a young boy. (The Beijing News)

In a phone interview with the unnamed restaurant owner, she responded to the allegations of a young child killing a dog. “How could a child kill a dog?” the woman told The Beijing News.

“My child is in first grade, could he help to kill a dog?,” the woman said to The Beijing Times. “Haven’t you thought about it?”

The shop which was exposed, offering “Teriyaki Dog Meat” on the right. (The Beijing News)

When asked about barbecuing a dog alive, the restaurant owner said that killing dogs is the same as killing sheep, pigs, and chickens. She also asked the reporter if killing those animals is cruel.

“Why do you even raise them? Don’t you raise all of them to be eaten?” the woman said. “We don’t steal dogs, all the dogs we take are the ones people don’t want.”

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Fisherwoman Reels in 15-foot Shark in 90 Minutes

In a rare feat, a 30-year-old fisherwoman in Ireland used a lightweight rod and line to reel in a massive 1,200-pound shark on May 12.

The 15-feet long giant was caught at a depth of more than 200 feet off the coast of Carrigaholt. It was so big that it couldn’t be brought on the boat. It was measured and released back into the ocean, reported the Irish Mirror.

Charlene Dillon was on an angling trip off the coast of Clare and according to her, it is the biggest fish caught by a lady in Europe.

“I am the only lady ever to catch one of these sharks in Ireland and it is the biggest fish caught by a lady in Europe as far as I am aware. I’ve been getting a lot of messages and friend requests since the news broke,” she said.

Dillion said she booked an angling trip with an angling boat called Clare Dragoon. The boat is owned by Luke Aston who runs Carrigaholt Sea Angling center—one of Ireland’s premier deep sea fishing charter providers.

“We set out from Carrigaholt pier on a beautiful sunny morning. It was my first time going sea angling from a boat even though I have been fishing all my life. I am a member of Limerick and District Anglers Association and I usually fish for pike and coarse fish,” she told the Irish Mirror.

The crew stopped at the mouth of River Shannon to catch some bait fish and then made their way to Atlantic for big fish.

“After the skipper anchored up the boat, we then got our tackle ready. Big fish needs big gear, so I used Penn 80-pound class shark rod and Penn shark reel with 100-pound breaking strain braid, which went to a 400-pound monofilament leader with 400-pound wire trace with a 6/0 shark hook baited with a 3-pound pollock,” she said.

Dillon said that when she felt a big pull against her, the skipper said they had a big fish.

“I was clipped into a special fighting harness so that you don’t get pulled over the side of the boat which could easily happen with a fish this size,” she said.

It wasn’t easy to land such a giant fish and Dillon soon realized it. “It was about 1:45 p.m. when I struck the fish and it really felt like I was stuck on the bottom for a while. After a while, the fish started to move a bit and now the real fight started to get it up from 200 feet to the boat.

“It was a very tough battle with the fish coming up a bit and then dive back down again for me to start all over again. The skipper gave me great advice while playing the fish out and helped me to get control of the fish,” she told the Irish Mirror.

She said she was “astounded” to see a fish on the surface as big as half the size of the boat. “I was a bit nervous, it was like looking at a real-life version of jaws because it looked a bit like a Great White Shark at first,” she said.

She said the fish she reeled in was a rare species and was a “fish of a lifetime.” She was also very happy that she could return it back unhurt to where it had come from. “I felt very proud of myself,” she said.

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8,000 March in NYC, Call for End to Falun Dafa Persecution in China

NEW YORK—Striking traditional costumes, colorful banners bearing messages of hope, and resonant melodies performed by a 500-strong marching band—these were the highlights of a parade held in Manhattan on May 16 to commemorate World Falun Dafa Day.

Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is a spiritual practice introduced to the public in 1992, consisting of meditation exercises and a set of moral teachings centered around the principles “Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance.”

While it is freely practiced in more than 70 countries, the discipline is suppressed in China as a result of a brutal persecution launched by the Chinese communist regime almost two decades ago.

Around 8,000 Falun Gong practitioners from dozens of countries marched across Manhattan, from the United Nations plaza at 47th Street and 2nd Avenue, through Times Square, and finally ending near the Chinese consulate on 12th Avenue.

The parade was both a celebration of the peaceful practice and a remembrance of those suffering under the persecution in China.

The Tian Guo Marching Band, consisting of Falun Dafa practitioners, march through Times Square, New York City, on May 16, 2019. (Edward Dye/The Epoch Times)

“We want to show the positive energy of Falun Dafa practitioners,” said Sofia Drevemo, a 3D graphics artist from Sweden.

Even though the parade aims to raise awareness about the brutal persecution, Drevemo said practitioners wished to do this from a positive starting point.

“That’s why we are all so colorful and in good spirits because to be able to understand the most difficult thing, we need to do it in a positive manner.”

The mood among the thousands of practitioners seemed to match their vibrantly-colored clothing, which glowed under the soft spring sunlight. The sound of beating drums played by a Chinese waist drum troupe, and tunes performed by the Tian Guo Marching Band, composed of practitioners from over half a dozen countries, further charged the atmosphere.

Lives Changed

Drevemo, wearing a yellow shirt emblazoned with the words “Falun Dafa is Good,” said practicing Falun Gong helped her develop something she had always yearned for.

“Ever since I was very young, I … always wished that I would have a self-confidence that would make me unbreakable in any situation,” she said.

“I gradually understood that this [practice] is what will … get [me] there.”

Francisco La Russa, a video editor from Buenos Aires, said his health improved after starting the practice in 2012. He used to experience back pains, but that disappeared within a month after learning the exercises.

But after reading the main text of Falun Gong, “Zhuan Falun,” La Russa realized the practice was more than just physical exercises, he said.

“This [practice] has very pure, very profound principles that I want to follow,” he said.

La Russa said he tries to apply the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance in his daily life to improve his character. For instance, before La Russa started practicing, he was very arrogant and argumentative, but the teachings of Falun Gong, he said, gave him a new perspective.

“It [provided] a way for me to really be a better person,” he said.

Falun Dafa practitioners dressed in traditional Korean clothing march through Times Square, New York City, on May 16, 2019. (Edward Dye/The Epoch Times)Peder Giertsen, a retired management consultant from Norway who started the practice in 1999, said Falun Gong taught him to be kind and think of others, even when it seems difficult to do so.

“I don’t have any enemies anymore,” he said. “And I used to have quite a bit because I was rough, and I was tough, and I was direct.”

Olivier Grenier-Leboeuf, a university student majoring mathematics and computer science at McGill University in Canada, said after he started learning Falun Gong two years ago, he stopped wasting his time on video games and surfing the internet.

“I’ve changed my life when it comes to my outlook,” he said. “I used to waste a lot of my time and have all sorts of bad thoughts. I’ve noticed a strong purification of my mind after practicing.”

Grenier-Leboeuf also plays trombone in the Tian Guo Marching Band. He hopes that the band’s performances can spread the message that Falun Gong is good.

“I think music can really touch people’s souls. It’s a different way of communication,” he said.

Ending the Persecution

Prior to the parade, a rally was held at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the UN, where speakers highlighted that the Chinese regime’s suppression continues until this day.

“Organ harvesting atrocities are still going on in China, which is very severe,” Teresa Chu, an attorney from Taiwan and spokesperson for the Taiwan Falun Gong Attorney Group, told The Epoch Times. The legal advocacy non-profit brings lawsuits against Chinese officials responsible for the persecution when they travel abroad to countries in Asia, and advocates for parliaments to pass legislation on Falun Gong issues, including organ harvesting.

In 2006 reports emerged that the Chinese regime was extracting organs from live prisoners of conscience, mainly Falun Gong practitioners, for use in the country’s organ transplant system.

An in-depth 2016 report by transplant ethics group, International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China, found a huge discrepancy between China’s official transplant figures and the number of transplantations performed at hospitals.

By analyzing the public records of 712 Chinese hospitals that carry out liver and kidney transplants, the report showed that roughly 60,000 to 100,000 transplants are conducted each year, far outstripping the official number of 10,000 to 20,000 per year. The shortfall, the report concluded, was largely made up of organs extracted from Falun Gong practitioners held inside China’s detention facilities.

Last December, an independent people’s tribunal based in the United Kingdom concluded that forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience has taken place in China “on a substantial scale.”

Falun Dafa practitioners raise awareness about forced organ harvesting atrocities in China, as they march through Manhattan during World Falun Dafa Day, on May 16, 2019. (Edward Dye/The Epoch Times)

Wang Zhiyuan, spokesperson for U.S.-based non-profit World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG), also drew attention to the ongoing atrocities in China.

“It [the persecution] has continued for 20 years, especially organ harvesting, an unprecedented crime in the world, is still happening,” Wang told The Epoch Times.

“We, WOIPFG, will continue investigating into any crimes of persecution against Falun Gong and the related institutions or individuals, no matter where it is or how long it takes, we will go after them until the end.”

For Li Mingxi, who was dressed as a lotus flower fairy in the parade, the persecution exacted a heavy personal toll.

Li’s grandfather was sent to prison in the northeastern province of Hebei for practicing Falun Gong in 2010. After three days, he was released. But he could no longer talk or move his body. He was confined to his bed, only able to open and close his eyes. He died a few days later.

Li was taking part in her high school summer program when she heard the news. She rushed to her grandfather’s home to see him during his final moments.

“I was terrified. Such a person who strives to be good would be arrested by the police—I felt that the whole world had become a place of darkness, and it was scary,” Li said.

She started practicing Falun Gong in 2016 after she resettled in New York. Within half a year, her health problems developed after childbirth, such as high blood pressure, leg pains, and blurry eyesight, were all gone. She also no longer had to take medicine or use herbal remedies.

“I’m really happy to be in the land of the free and to show everyone the amazing benefits that the belief has brought me.”

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Baby Girl Born Without Arms Leaves the Internet in Awe With Her Amazing Life Skills

The story of Vasilina Knutzen is nothing short of remarkable and inspirational. A young Russian toddler, Vasilina has to learn to eat and navigate the world with no hands.

Born without arms as the result of a rare developmental disability, Vasilina has an abundance of courage and determination to tackle life’s challenges. Adopted from an orphanage, where she was left early after birth due to her disability, she has grown up loved by the Knutzen family in Russia. From learning to eat, play, and do new things with the support of loving parents and siblings, her lack of arms has not stopped her—but has increased her reliance on the use of her feet.

It’s not hard for one to realize just how remarkable and amazing her story is. Teaching children to eat, play, and interact with other children can be hard enough, but only more so without the use of arms or hands. But in Vasilina’s case, she a disability has not kept her back as she continues to overcome and persevere.

Remarkably, Vasilina can feed herself just fine and navigate life, and do the most amazing things, just using her feet. Since the video was shared on Facebook by her mother Elmira Knutzen, it has collected hundreds of millions of views and wowed viewers from across the world as a testament to the power to overcome.

Since her daughter’s story first went viral on the internet, Elmire has continued to document her daughter’s navigation of the world, and life in general, on YouTube as she grows and develops. Since Knutzen posted the initial video of her daughter managing to eat with her feet, astonished viewers have flooded her YouTube channel and its videos with positive comments. Many cannot help but call Vasilina “inspirational,” “beautiful,” and “strong,” as popular videos show Vasilina learning how to ride a scooter, drive a toy car, somersault, and even do dishes with just her feet while laughing and smiling in the process.

Vasilina peels banana with feet. (Screenshot)

Each video is remarkable, and they have all garnered hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube and elsewhere since first being uploaded in September 2013. Today, Vasilina continues to live a remarkable life, adapting at each turn to a world she must navigate without the use of arms or hands. Be sure to watch the original video uploaded by her mother, Elmire, several years ago, and others since then on YouTube.

Vasilina’s life is an ongoing story that many have found uplifting, and which will leave you inspired and impressed by the youngster’s ingenuity and perseverance.

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