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San Antonio Local & National News – February 15, 2019

Written by on February 15, 2019

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Several San Antonio hospitals have volunteers with a very special job.

All the volunteers have to be willing to do is cuddle with some newborns.

Hospitals say they’re seeing more babies being born with serious medical illnesses, and just having someone to give hold them, cuddle them and give them some extra love can make a big difference.

“We can perform miracles in medicine when it comes to the biological growth of babies in the premature period, but the emotional growth is equally important,” said Umber Darilek, nurture specialist, University Hospital. 

One mother, whose young son has been hospitalized since he was born premature four months ago, is grateful for the special attention her son receives.

“They have volunteers coming in to hold him. It makes me feel so much better because I can’t be here all day,” mother Danielle Rugnao. 



In National News –

Looks like it’s going to be another one of those Fridays, at least in Washington.

President Trump is expected to sign that compromise border security bill this morning in the Rose Garden. Then, he’ll declare a national emergency on the border with Mexico and use executive action to cobble together $8 billion to build a border wall, White House officials say.

So, as one crisis is averted (no partial government shutdown), another one begins.

Democrats and some Republicans say this would be an unprecedented use of presidential power, and this constitutional dispute will likely get tied up in the courts.

(Fun fact: Way back in 2014, Donald Trump said President Obama’s executive action on immigration was unconstitutional and possibly an impeachable offense.)



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