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Boston Marathon Photo Helps Son Find Two Injured Parents

Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Richard Whalley, a 25-year-old CEO of a company that makes medical devices for diabetics, got a frantic phone call from his older brother right after the Boston Marathon bombings. He had seen a photo on Reddit of his bloodied father being carried away in a wheelchair.

The photo had quickly gone viral around the world.

But when the brothers called around to hospitals, there was no record of their parents, Ann and Eric Whalley, both 65 and recently retired. In the chaos that brought 175 victims to Boston-area hospitals, the couple had been registered under the wrong names.

"There was a possibility my mom was dead," said Whalley, who lives in Cambridge, Mass. "I knew she was older and pretty close to the blast."

Whalley immediately posted a message on his Facebook page: "This is my dad in the picture in this link: I have no idea where my mum is. They were both bombed. I'm trying to figure out what hospital they are at. Can you help?"

And help they did. Within 10 minutes, Facebook friends -- and friends of friends -- made calls to each hospital and found his parents at two different medical centers. Ann Whalley was at Brigham and Women's Faulkner campus at Harvard Medical School; Eric Whalley was at the Longwood campus in Jamaica Plain.

"It was amazing," said Whalley, who talked to ABC News early Thursday after just three hours sleep last night. "Multiple people called the hospitals. The third time they got a call [at Brigham and Women's] they decided to double check the records."

"They got hit pretty bad," he said.

Brigham and Women's Hospital has treated a total of 35 patients related to Monday's explosions. Ten patients remain in the hospital and four are listed in critical condition.

The Whalleys, who are hikers and like to walk around the city, were at the marathon finish line when the bombs exploded.

In the last three days, the couple has had nearly a dozen surgeries between them to remove multiple ball bearings and nails. Eric Whalley was hit in the skull and eye and may lose his sight and perhaps have brain damage. Ann Whalley got hit in the legs and has a badly mangled right foot.

"They were just there to see the action," said their son. "They did last year, as well. They were both runners and are pretty active for their age."

Just Wednesday, his mother was moved to the Longwood campus on the same ward as his father, making life easier for the brothers. The hospital gave the Whalley brothers an apartment so they can be close to their parents.

Richard's brother Chris, 34, lives in Salisbury, Mass., close to the New Hampshire border.

"My Dad had multiple surgeries but they are monitoring him closely to make sure everything has stabilized," Richard said.

His father had a blood clot on one side of his brain. He also had orthopedic surgery on his right leg. "The feet are in especially bad shape," said Whalley. "Part of the right foot was blown off."

In 1990, his parents emigrated from England to Colorado and eventually got U.S. citizenship. They moved to Charlestown, Mass., in 1998. A former professor of pharmacology, Eric Whalley had just retired from a job in biotechnology.

Just Wednesday night, Whalley had a conversation with his father, who gained consciousness for the first time.

"He was just barely talking, but he was understanding what we said," according to his son. "I told him his photo was on the front page of the Daily Mail [a newspaper in Britain.] He started laughing."

Ann Whalley is in worse shape. She is still on a respirator with more damage to tissue than to bone. "She is out of shock now," he said. "Most of the damage is to her foot. They had to do reconstruction and it's unclear whether or not she'll have mobility. She has to have another surgery."

Whalley has been struck by the kindness of others -- but equally impressed with the power of social media and crowd sharing sites.

Within hours of the bombings, friends from Whalley's alma mater, MIT, had set up a page on the website GiveForward to help his parents with their medical expenses. They both will require at least two more weeks of hospitalization and extensive rehabilitation, treatment that could send costs into the "millions," he said.

Any extra funds will go to help other victims' families, he said.

"The Internet had a really important role in how our story played out and how we could respond to the crisis," said Whalley.

"I mean it's been pretty surreal," he said. "But we've had a lot of support from the community. One of the messages of this story is these online tools are available to people to go and aid others in the recovery process. Getting help can sometimes be overwhelming."

Whalley finds his own strength through the support of others. "You just do the things you can to help and try to keep the faith," he said. "It's been really difficult for a lot of people, but the community has come together to help. There are a lot of positive things that come out of this."

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Pregnancy Revealed in 1,000 Pictures

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A stop-motion home movie made of 1,000 separate photos of a mom, Osher Grencel, during her pregnancy could be called the “prequel” for little baby Emma Grencel, who was born on July 3.

The video shows every step of the nine-month pregnancy process, including morning sickness, the first precious face scan images of Emma, and includes cameos from her dad, Tomer Grencel, 30, who put the entire video together.

In Tomer’s description of the video, he explains he was the photographer, Photoshop editor, director, script writer and proud dad of the entire production. He boasts, “Look at our 9 months pregnancy in 1,000 pictures! Each frame (picture) was separately taken, edited and uploaded! It was 9 months of a growing belly and 1 month of video editing… :-)”

The Grencels, who live in Tel Aviv, told ABC News they decided to take a photo of Osher’s pregnant belly each day so they could “see the belly grow!”

Tomer, a professional photographer, said he got the idea to create the video when “someone told Osher that because she is so skinny no one will know she is pregnant until relatively late stage of the pregnancy.” Tomer had known he wanted to do something special to document the pregnancy, but until that moment, wasn’t quite sure how yet.

The video, which has had more than 500,000 hits on YouTube, wasn’t originally intended to be used as anything more than a fun video to show friends and family.

“Actually it’s quite funny,” Tomer said. “In some of the days before taking the photo, Osher told me, ‘I don’t want to take the photo today, I look bad!’ And my answer was, ‘Come on, honey. You look great, and no one will see it anyway.’”

Tomer said he quickly learned one important rule throughout the pregnancy: SHE is not pregnant. You BOTH are.

When asked if the couple would recommend creating a video like this to other people, they replied, “Of course. It’s an amazing souvenir for the child … You have to be patient, it’s a long process and you must be consistent. But it’s sure worth it.”


Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Operation: Love Reunited Helps Military Families Cope Through Pictures

Tonee Lawrence, Operation: Love Reunited(NEW YORK) -- Nothing can take away the pain and anxiety of having a loved one deployed overseas, but for Karen Tebbeharris and her three children, a program called Operation: Love Reunited helped them get through it.

The program, nicknamed OpLove, involves a network of photographers all across the country who offer free sessions to families with loved ones scheduled for deployment.

Families are typically photographed once before deployment, and again as soon as their loved one returns home.  For a service member already overseas, OpLove offers sessions for their family members at home; an album with the finished photos is sent to their stations abroad.

Tonee Lawrence had the idea for OpLove in 2006 after her husband came home from duty in Qatar.

“My husband was deployed and I wasn’t able to get any pictures of our family when he came home because I was hugging him and stuff,” Lawrence said.  “The kids were really little so we really missed out on a precious moment there.”

More than 850 photographers volunteer for OpLove.  While the program does accept donations, most of the costs are covered by the photographers.

“They pay for almost everything out of pocket -- their time, printing, canvases -- all paid for by the photographers.” Lawrence said.  “We’re really proud of it and very dedicated to the clients and the service.”

Nothing shows that dedication more than Lawrence’s relationship with the Tebbeharris family.

“I met Tonee when she first moved to the area for her personal photography business,” Tebbeharris said.  “I called to schedule a session and when she found out my husband was going to be deployed, she told me about OpLove.”

The Tebbeharrises have three kids.  The oldest, Mykala, is 11.  Sebastian is 10 and the youngest, Aurora, is 4.

They had their first session before Karen’s husband, TSgt. Jayson Tebbeharris, left for Kuwait.  Karen said having the photos to look at while he was gone made all the difference.

“It was really helpful for us,” Tebbeharris said.  “The kids were able to sit and look through and say, ‘There’s Daddy!’  The older ones can understand it more so it helps them to have the photos but it makes a big difference, especially for the younger ones.  If there’s not a visual connect it makes it really difficult on their return.”

The OpLove sessions are not only free, Tebbeharris says there’s a level of closeness you don’t get from a traditional photography session.

“They make it very personal, whereas traditional photos can be kind of stiff.  They really catch the emotion,” Tebbeharris said.  “It’s been really helpful for us and I can only imagine how much more helpful it is for families who’s husband or father doesn’t come home.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Many Women Post Unflattering Photos of Friends on Purpose

LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- You would probably never post an unflattering photo of yourself on Facebook, but a new survey shows many of your friends would.

A survey of 1,500 women by the website MyMemory finds 25 percent of female Facebook users admitted posting ugly pictures of their friends.

Naturally, the targeted friends can untag their name from the photo -- and 75 percent of survey respondents do -- but it’s up to the original individual to remove it completely.  The chances of that, according to the survey, are quite good.  The survey found only about one-fifth of the women surveyed said they would refuse a request to remove a photo.

Still, posting an unflattering photo of a friend could possibly ruin a friendship.  Two-thirds of survey respondents said they would be angry at a friend who posted a bad picture.

The survey also finds that the posting of bad photos, in many cases, is payback, with nearly one-third of all unflattering pictures being uploaded as an act of revenge for the same slight.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Few Teens Involved in Sexting, Study Finds

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DURHAM, N.H.) -- The practice of “sexting” nude photos by phone and online by teens is not as widespread as people think, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire asked 1,560 Internet users between the ages of 10 and 17 whether they had sent or received sexual photos in the past year.  Just one percent of the kids said they were involved in sending graphic photos or sexually explicit photographs.

Seven percent of the kids polled said they had received nude or nearly nude photographs of others, while close to six percent said the photos they had received were sexually explicit.

Kimberly Mitchell, an associate professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire and the study’s author, says she finds the survey results “somewhat reassuring.”  Mitchell says the media has portrayed sexting as a “big problem” but chances are your kid is not involved in the practice.

In a related study, researchers found law enforcement agencies respond to approximately 1,750 cases of sexting each year in the U.S.  Both studies were published in the journal Pediatrics.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Plastic Surgeon Allegedly Posted Nude Photos of Clients with Names

Comstock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) -- Six women in St. Louis have filed a lawsuit against a plastic surgeon who allegedly posted nude photos online of their torsos before and after surgery with their names attached to the images. The women say this was done without their consent or knowledge.

The before-and-after photos appeared in Google images if the women's names were searched or if the doctor's name was searched, according Neil Bruntrager, the attorney representing all of the women. He said that if a viewer hovered the cursor over the image, the woman's name would appear below the photo.

"Some of these women have public positions -- lawyers, teachers, CPAs -- all kinds of people who would be searched," Bruntrager said. "They were horrified. Every one of them has said, 'I'm embarrassed. I'm humiliated.'"

"All of the actions of Defendant, Dr. Koo, were careless and reckless and performed in complete disregard of the law and the rights of the plaintiff," Bruntrager wrote in the lawsuit. All of the women are identified only as Jane Doe in the lawsuit to protect their privacy.

Koo is being charged with invasion of privacy, including counts of unreasonable publicity, breach of fiduciary duty and wrongful commercial appropriation and exploitation of plaintiff's image and medical information.

"I am very sorry that this internet problem occurred," Koo wrote in a statement. "I have apologized personally to the patients involved. I sincerely regret that the protective mechanisms supposedly set up by the web host failed and allowed this problem to occur."

She said the patients gave permisson for unidentifiable before-and-after photos to be posted on the website and that the appearance of the names was unintentional and due to a technical issue.

Forensic investigators are working to track the images and make sure they are not saved anywhere.

Bruntrager wrote in the lawsuit that his clients "suffered shame, humiliation, embarrassment, anxiety, nervousness, loss of sleep and interference with her enjoyment of life, all of which will continue into the future."

The clients are seeking monetary damages from Koo, but no court dates have been scheduled yet.

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