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Firefighters Rally for Baby With Heart Defect

Arnold Family/Facebook(LOS ANGELES) -- Four-month-old Paisley Mae Arnold looked perfect from the outside: chubby cheeks, giant eyes and a wisp of dark blond hair. She would occasionally wheeze, but doctors told her parents not to worry about that.

Then, last Thursday, doctors at Loma Linda University Medical Center Children’s Hospital in Loma Linda, Calif., told the baby’s parents, Rick and Charity Arnold, that Paisley Mae wasn’t perfect.

She’d need a heart transplant to survive.

“She’s just a very special little girl, and we’re both looking forward to seeing her grow up, God willing,” Rick Arnold, a paramedic at Fire Station 302 in Hesperia, Calif., told KABC, the ABC-owned station in Los Angeles.

Paisley Mae was born without a left coronary artery, which caused her to have an enlarged heart, according to KABC. There is no cure, and she will eventually need a transplant. The night of the Feb. 21 diagnosis, she had a major bandycardic event, meaning her heart rate dangerously slowed, prompting doctors to do chest compressions and put her on a machine called an ECMO, which bypasses the heart to oxygenate the blood.

The close-knit group of firefighters at Station 302 has helped Arnold with shifts so that he can spend time with his daughter in the hospital, firefighters told KABC. They also began raising money by selling T-shirts and holding a charity 5K run. An online fundraiser, A Change of Heart for Paisley Mae, has already raised $7,833, according to its page on — $3,833 more than the original goal.

“Having this burden on their shoulders is difficult enough without having to worry about everyday bills and medical bills, so our hope is to just lessen that for them,” firefighter Blake Berg told KABC.

On Monday, doctors performed a six-hour surgery to give Paisley a Berlin Heart, which works outside the body to pump blood and maintain the other organs, hoping to buy Paisley some time until she can get a transplant. However, her lungs became inflamed and caused a hemorrhage after surgery, so doctors put her back on the ECMO machine, according to the Arnolds' Facebook page.

“Your continued love and support is a huge reason we are making it through this,” the Arnolds wrote on their Facebook page, which now has nearly 3,000 likes. “Thank you.”

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Study: Higher Rates of Cancer Among 9/11 Firefighters

Doug Kanter/AFP/Getty Images(WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.) -- Firefighters who responded to Sept. 11 attacks 10 years ago may be at a high risk for cancer, according to a news report released Friday.

A study in The Lancet found higher rates of cancer among firefighters who responded to the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center (8927 men), than their unexposed colleagues (926 men).

The study reports somewhat higher rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL)— a diverse group of blood cancers—were found in those exposed to the attacks. NHL cases were higher in exposed (20) versus non-exposed (9) firefighters.

Researchers concluded that particularly intense exposures of smoke and debris could trigger chronic inflammation, which has been theorized to contribute to the development of certain cancers, including NHL.

The authors of the study and those at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society urge readers to take caution when interpreting the data as various factors may have contributed to the findings.

In addition, they mention a more in-depth study and continued follow-up are necessary.

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