Nearly a year after being shot in the head, St. Charles County man considered a ‘medical miracle’

ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV) – A St. Charles County man shot in the head and left to die is making remarkable strides, leaving his doctors stunned by his recovery.

Chris Smith, 49, was shot in the head at point-blank range on Nov. 24, 2021, after returning home with Leslie Reeves 45, on their first date.

“As I was driving home from work, I passed my neighbor’s house and I just had a gut feeling, something saying, ‘don’t go out, stay home or go to St. Louis,’” Smith said. “The first time I don’t listen to my gut, this happens.”

Smith doesn’t remember much from that evening but said he went to a local bar in Farmersville, Illinois, with Reeves for a couple of beer. The two had exchanged numbers earlier that day.

A bullet remains lodged in Smith's brain following the shooting.
A bullet remains lodged in Smith’s brain following the shooting.(Sharon Costanza)

The pair returned to Smith’s home,

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Georgia teen suffered medical emergency during flag football game before death: report

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A Georgia teen who died Wednesday during a flag football game reportedly suffered a medical emergency and was rushed to the hospital where the student later died.

The teen was identified as a high school student at The Weber School – a private Jewish community high school in Sandy Springs, a suburb of Atlanta.


A Weber School player died after suffering a medical emergency on Wednesday night.

A Weber School player died after suffering a medical emergency on Wednesday night.

The school said there would be counseling services on hand, and class was canceled Thursday.

“The Weber School is mourning the tragic loss yesterday of a member of our Senior class. Last night and this morning, students, faculty, staff, and parents came together in solidarity and meaningful reflection and prayer,” Harwitz said in a statement to Fox News Digital.


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Alzheimer’s disease risk linked to newly discovered protein mutation

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Researchers discovered a microprotein called SHMOOSE, which appears to have a physiological role in neurodegeneration, and its mutation is linked to Alzheimer’s disease risk. VICTOR TORRES/Stocksy
  • Researchers used multiple methods to analyze mitochondrial genetic data and identify a mitochondrial microprotein associated with the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • They discovered the SHMOOSE microprotein, which appears to have a physiological role in neurodegeneration.
  • The mutated version of the SHMOOSE microprotein, found in over 20% of Europeans, is linked to a higher Alzheimer’s disease risk.
  • The finding opens new avenues for detecting, preventing, and treating Alzheimer’s disease.

Mitochondria are structures within the cell that convert energy from food into energy the cell can use. Each cell contains hundreds to thousands of mitochondria. Although most DNA is found inside the cell’s nucleus, mitochondria also contain a small amount of DNA, known as mitochondrial DNA.

In the early 2000s, researchers realized that

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DOJ will defend Alabama VA doctors threatened with abortion prosecutions

The Justice Department said Thursday that it will provide legal defense if necessary to Veterans Affairs medical workers who perform abortions to save a patient’s life, protect the mother’s health or in instances when the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest — even if performed in a state where the procedure is illegal in those circumstances.

In an internal government opinion, Justice Department lawyers said that a recently adopted Department of Veterans Affairs policy permitting employees to provide abortion services to veterans and their eligible relatives is legally sound and can continue. The Veterans Affairs agency started offering abortions at its federal facilities earlier this month in the wake of a June Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wadeupending the right to terminate a pregnancy that had been enshrined in federal law for nearly 50 years.

1 in 3 American women have already lost abortion access.

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Man, 67, being held in Bexar County Jail on $2,500 bond dies of apparent ‘medical episode’

SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County Jail inmate held on a $2,500 bond for a misdemeanor theft charge died while in custody on Thursday, according to the sheriff’s office.

A detention officer found 67-year-old Rogelio Hernandez unresponsive in his cell around 2:32 am and called for backup before attempting lifesaving measures, BCSO said.

Medical staff members from University Health working in the facility then took over trying to save Hernandez’s life.

First responders with the San Antonio Fire Department arrived at the scene shortly after, around 2:38 am, to help.

Hernandez was pronounced dead at 2:55 am, BCSO said.

The sheriff’s office said Hernandez may have experienced a medical episode before being found unresponsive. However, the medical examiner will determine his cause of death.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, Internal Affairs, and The Public Integrity Unit are investigating Hernandez’s death.

The Karnes County Sheriff’s Office will also

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