Hospital donor milk program can help premature babies ‘fighting for their lives’

Abby Burle has produced enough breast milk to feed her triplets, who were born prematurely May 15 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

But fortified donor milk has given daughter Maggie and sons Max and Miller the extra calories they’ve needed to gain weight.

“They’ve all tripled their weight,” Burle said.

Help is coming from a donor milk program sponsored by Northeast Georgia Health System for premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit at its Gainesville and Braselton hospitals.

“The donor milk program is an easy and safe outlet for mothers to donate their unused breast milk to babies who need it most,” said Heather Standard, director of Women and Children’s Services at NGMC.

Through a partnership with California-based Prolacta Bioscience, “we are now providing the only available standardized donor milk that has a precise amount of calories and protein, enabling targeted nutrition to help ensure appropriate growth of our most fragile premature infants.”

The hospital’s website says that “if babies are less than 3 pounds, we strive to provide donor milk for those who may not be able to receive milk from their mother.”

And “mothers of premature babies often can’t produce the amount of milk needed. By donating your excess breast milk, you can provide life-sustaining benefits to the babies fighting for their lives.”

Potential donors must complete a medical and lifestyle history questionnaire, pass blood tests, get their doctor’s OK and provide a cheek swab to establish DNA profile.

According to NGMC, Prolacta will manage the qualification process of moms referred by the hospital, as well as setting up milk collection and the shipping process from the donor’s home.

“Prolacta’s high-tech manufacturing facility will be used to conduct the safety and quality testing before and after formulation and pasteurizing the standardized human milk products for in-hospital use,” an NGMC press release states.

“This program gives moms who have surplus breast milk a rewarding way to put their excess milk to good use,” adds Standard.

As for Abby and husband Ryan Burle’s babies, “they’re doing OK, but they’ve got a long road ahead of them,” Abby said.

The babies could spend up to 11 more weeks in the hospital, she added.

The ordeal also has taken a toll on the family.

“Every day is a new day,” Abby said. “I’m just trying to focus on the day at hand. That’s all I can do.”

Hospital donor milk program can help premature babies ‘fighting for their lives’

Investigator details alleged sexual assault involving disabled adult

A Hall County Sheriff’s Office investigator testified Monday regarding an alleged sexual assault involving a disabled woman.

Christopher John Young, 33, was charged July 15 with aggravated sodomy and exploitation of a disabled adult, according to authorities. He appeared Monday in Magistrate Court, where investigator Jerry Phillips testified.

Phillips said the victim is in her 30s and lived near Young. The investigator said the victim demonstrated a diminished mental capacity, which a psychologist later described as the mind of a 9- to 11-year-old person.

Phillips said the woman was transported July 11 to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where she was given a sexual assault nurse examiner assessment.

Young was asked to come to the sheriff’s office to give a statement. Phillips said the man described the encounter as consensual.

According to authorities, Young allegedly “forcefully sodomized” the disabled woman.

Phillips said the woman told a family member, which led to the 911 call.

Young’s attorney focused his arguments on the lack of documentation or other information about the alleged victim’s diagnosis.

The judge decided to send the case on to Superior Court.

Investigator details alleged sexual assault involving disabled adult

El PSG quiere presentar a Neymar en el centro de París, según prensa

El París Saint-Germain quiere hacer una gran presentación del brasileño Neymar en el centro de París, frente a uno de los emblemáticos monumentos de la ciudad, y no en el Parque de los Príncipes, como suele ser habitual, según informó hoy la radio “Europe 1”.

El PSG quiere presentar a Neymar en el centro de París, según prensa

Simeone: Me une un afecto, un contrato y una relación fuerte con el Atlético

El entrenador del Atlético de Madrid, el argentino Diego Simeone, dijo este lunes que le unen al club rojiblanco “un afecto, un contrato y una relación muy fuerte”, y que por ello su “intención” e “ilusión” es “seguir juntos”.

Simeone: Me une un afecto, un contrato y una relación fuerte con el Atlético

Simeone: Me une un afecto, un contrato y una relación fuerte con el Atlético

El entrenador del Atlético de Madrid, el argentino Diego Simeone, dijo este lunes que le unen al club rojiblanco “un afecto, un contrato y una relación muy fuerte”, y que por ello su “intención” e “ilusión” es “seguir juntos”.

Simeone: Me une un afecto, un contrato y una relación fuerte con el Atlético

What you need to know as students go back to school

Public schools start up this week and next. Here’s a rundown of what you need to know.

When the buses are on the road

Hall County has 474 bus routes and Gainesville 33. Hall students start school Aug. 7. Elementary students are delivered to schools at about 7:15 a.m. and older students by 8:30 a.m. They release at roughly 2:20 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.. Here’s the 2017-18 calendar. Gainesville students start school Wednesday, and their start and dismissal times are similar to those in Hall. Here’s the 2017-18 calendar. Read more.

As buses fill the streets, drivers must remember that unless they are on a road with a median, they must stop for school buses on the opposite side of the road whenever the stop arm is activated.

4 ways to help your kid succeed

Teachers may have the most direct impact on a student’s education, but most will quickly say they can’t do it alone. We asked teachers to share advice with parents on what they can do to help their kids be their best. Standardized tests are one way educators measure how well students are learning. Here are which tests matter most this year for your student.

What the kids will eat

Whether your kids like fruits and vegetables or not, public schools are required to serve them to those in the lunch line. Read more.

People you should get to know

Of course teachers will be key people in your child’s life, but there are a few other staff members who play vital roles: nurses and counselors. And while we’re talking about counseling, get to know the bullying policies.

When is open house

Gainesville City School System

  • 3-6 p.m. July 31: All elementary schools except Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy

  • 3- 6 p.m. Aug. 1: Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy (located at transition campus at Centennial Arts Academy)

  • Events were held Sunday for Gainesville Middle and High schools

Hall County Schools

  • 4-7 p.m. Aug. 1: All middle schools

  • 4-7 p.m. Aug. 2: All elementary schools

  • 4-7 p.m. Aug. 3: All high schools

What you need to know as students go back to school

Audiencia Nacional rechaza por segunda vez dejar en libertad a Sandro Rosell

La juez Carmen Lamela ha rechazado poner en libertad al expresidente del Barcelona Sandro Rosell, en prisión desde el 25 de mayo acusado de quedarse con 6,5 millones de euros de la venta de derechos audiovisuales de 24 partidos amistosos de la selección brasileña de fútbol, que luego blanqueó en Andorra.

Audiencia Nacional rechaza por segunda vez dejar en libertad a Sandro Rosell

North Hall man killed in lawn mower accident remembered for having ‘the biggest heart’

The owner of a North Hall construction company who was killed last week in a lawn mower accident was remembered by his fiancee Monday as a skilled construction worker who was willing to help anyone in need and loved the color red.

Kelly Westmorland, 55, died Thursday in an accident as he was mowing grass on an embankment with his 60-inch Hustler, Super Zero Turn Lawn Mower, according to Lt. Scott Ware, spokesman for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Sandi Lint remembered her fiancé on Monday for his kindness.

“He had the biggest heart,” she said. “He never met a stranger. He could be in the grocery store and somebody could be short on groceries and was going to put something back and he would go, ‘No, I’ve got it.’ If a power bill needed to be paid, he paid it.”

Ware said Westmorland was found unresponsive underneath the mower around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Sheriff’s deputies and EMS responders attempted CPR and other measures, but they were unable to revive him.

Ware said investigators believe Westmorland “lost control of the tractor/mower, went down the embankment and died of multiple internal injuries.”.

Lint said she found Westmorland and called 911. She said she had seen him earlier when he had come home from the store.

“He had two bags — one had two half-gallon jugs of milk and the other had two packages of cornmeal,” Lint said. “He said, ‘I saw the soup beans cooking,’ and he was smiling so big. He said, ‘I’m having cornbread tonight.’”

She said he put the milk and cornmeal away, gave her a hug and kiss and headed out on the lawn mower. She said he usually mowed the lawn every five days.

“I was on the deck cooking pork chops, and I didn’t hear the lawn mower,” she remembered. “He’s always talking to a neighbor. I flipped the pork chops and thought, ‘It’s getting dark and it’s been a little bit too long. I went straight up toward that hill.”

She said she saw him trapped under the mower but couldn’t help him. She said she was “screaming at the top of my lungs.” Westmorland owned Kelly Westmorland Construction LLC for more than 30 years, according to Lint.

“He was bigger than life,” she said. “There wasn’t nothing he couldn’t do. Anybody who called him and said, ‘Hey, can you build this for me? I’ve checked around; nobody can build it.’ He could build it. He never went to school, but he could read a blueprint. He could draw his own blueprints out.”  

She said he would use his construction abilities to help others as well. On numerous occasions, she said Westmorland built a wheelchair ramp for someone who was hurt and confined to a wheelchair.

“That’s what he did,” she said. “He wouldn’t charge them a penny.”

She said he was a cowboy and had cowboy emblems on all of his trucks.

Westmorland also loved the color red.

“Everything had to be red,” she said. “He always said, ‘If it ain’t red, paint it.’ All of his vehicles were red. His motorcycles were red. Most of his trailers were red. If you looked at my pool, all you would see is red chairs.”

North Hall man killed in lawn mower accident remembered for having ‘the biggest heart’

Cristiano Ronaldo también regatea en el juzgado

Sobradamente conocido por sus virguerías con el balón, hoy Cristiano Ronaldo ha asombrado con un nuevo regate. Y no ha sido en un terreno de juego, sino a las puertas de un juzgado al que estaba citado a declarar y donde ha dado tremendo plantón a los cientos de periodistas y fans que le esperaban.

Cristiano Ronaldo también regatea en el juzgado