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Female thugs knock down 78-year-old woman battling cancer — then pepper-spray and punch her before stealing her car

Angelina Bellissima — a 78-year-old who’s battling cancer — had just parked her car on South Smedley Street in Philadelphia last week so she and her daughter could unload groceries, WPVI-TV reported.

But instead, Bellissima would endure a terrifying ordeal.

What happened?

Three women — who investigators say were “stalking” Bellissima — knocked her down, pepper-sprayed her in the face, punched her, grabbed her car keys, and took off in her vehicle, police said, adding that security cameras captured the attack as well as the suspects’ getaway.

“I just felt like I was going to die,” Bellissima told WPVI Wednesday, just hours after police released videos of the attack.

Image source: YouTube screenshot

“I hear a scream, ‘Help me, help me!” her daughter Angela Palumbo recalled to the station in an earlier story from the station about the attack, which noted that Bellissima said the suspects asked her for a ride and then came at her when she said no.

“I just feel them come back, like hit me from the back, and I feel this pepper spray in my face,” she added to the station. “They threw me to the ground, punched me in the face. They grabbed the keys out of my hand, and I heard them saying, ‘Open the doors, open the doors.'”

Palumbo added to WPVI: “When I saw my mom in a ball crying with her face full of pepper spray, I just lost it. For somebody to come along and just hurt her like that, there’s no pain, there’s no pain like that.”

Here’s video police released of the attack:

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It gets worse

Bellissima also suffered a stress heart attack and just regained sight in her left eye, the station said.

Image source: YouTube screenshot

“I’m scared to death to go out because they’re not caught yet, I really am,” she added to WPVI. “Usually I’m pretty strong. Let me tell you, I’m fighting cancer, but this time I’m scared because I know they’re still out there.”

Carjackings have been skyrocketing in the Philadelphia area, and the perpetrators are getting more brazen, the station said.

“They need to pay for what they did to her because she doesn’t deserve this,” Palumbo told WPVI. “She just got done cancer radiation, five surgeries — and now this.”

Elderly woman recounts brazen carjacking: ‘I just felt like I was going to die’

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Georgia inmates praised for rushing to help guard who suffered heart attack

Three Georgia inmates are being hailed for their swift actions in helping save the life of a deputy who suffered a heart attack and fell unconscious while standing guard over their unit.

What are the details?

Terry Lovelace, Walter Whitehead, and Mitchell Smalls noticed from their cells in the Gwinnett County Jail earlier this week that the guard on duty, Deputy Warren Hobbs, did not appear to feel well when he was making his rounds.

The inmates then began keeping their own watch on Hobbs, and noticed when he returned to his desk that he fell to the ground, splitting his head open.

The men began banging on their cell doors while calling for Deputy Hobbs to wake up and rallied the rest of the 60 men in the unit to join them in doing so, leading Hobbs to briefly regain consciousness, according to a Facebook post from the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office.

WAGA-TV reported Hobbs later recalled that the noise and hearing his named being shouted “over and over” led him to believe an inmate might need help, so he gathered the strength to reach the control panel and open the cell doors before falling unconscious again.

During that time, Lovelace, Whitehead, and Smalls ran to Hobbs’ aid, with one of them using his desk phone and another grabbing his radio to call for medical help.

Whitehead told WAGA, “It scared me. I don’t care if it’s a police officer or whoever it was. I will do whatever I can to save a man. I don’t want anyone to die.”

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office said of the ordeal:

We’re happy to report that our deputy survived the harrowing incident and is recovering at home until he can return to duty.

These inmates came to his aid because our deputy, like most law enforcement officers, treats people with the dignity they deserve. These inmates had no obligation whatsoever to render aid to a bleeding, vulnerable deputy, but they didn’t hesitate. Many people have strong opinions about law enforcement officers and criminals, but this incident clearly illustrates the potential goodness found in both.

We’re proud of our deputy, whose strong desire to serve gave him the strength to active the door release when he believed an inmate needed his help. In doing so, he released his rescuers. We’re proud of them, too.

Anything else?

The Daily Mail reported that records show all three inmates were jailed because of drug charges, and Smalls is also being held on a battery charge.

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Sen. John Kennedy: Decision to reopen economy ‘like choosing between cancer and a heart attack’

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said Wednesday that the decision to reopen the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic is “like choosing between cancer and a heart attack,” but warned that if Americans are under shutdown orders for too long, the economy will collapse.

What are the details?

Speaking to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, the senator said, “The American people are not morons. They understand what I’m about to say: We’ve got to open this economy. If we don’t, it’s gonna collapse. And if the U.S. economy collapses, the world economy collapses. And trying to burn down the village to save it is foolish — that’s the cold, hard truth.”

The Louisiana Republican went on to say that the U.S. shutdown has slowed the spread of COVID-19, but at “enormous cost.”

Sen. Kennedy acknowledged that reopening for business will cause the coronavirus to “spread faster,” adding that “we have to be smart about how we do it.” But that decision, the lawmaker said, “is like choosing between cancer and a heart attack—it’s a miserable choice.”

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Anything else?

Reuters reported that on Tuesday, President Donald Trump said “he is close to completing a plan to end the shutdown with some parts of the country likely to be ready to go before a May 1 target date.”

President Trump said Wednesday that he will announce new guidelines for reopening the economy during his daily coronavirus briefing on Thursday.

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Many coronavirus patients show signs of heart damage, and doctors aren’t sure what it means

Many patients who die of COVID-19 show signs of heart damage, and some of those are dying of heart failure and cardiac arrest even when they aren’t suffering from the respiratory symptoms more commonly associated with the novel coronavirus, Kaiser Health News reported.

Doctors observing this trend are now concerned about what this could mean for how the coronavirus is treated, and how it might impact the way they respond to patients who come in with heart failure who haven’t been tested for the coronavirus.

Some doctors have found that COVID-19 can create the false appearance of a heart attack:

That work has already resulted in changes in the way hospitals deal with the cardiac implications of COVID-19. Doctors have found that the infection can mimic a heart attack. They have taken patients to the cardiac catheterization lab to clear a suspected blockage, only to find the patient wasn’t really experiencing a heart attack but had COVID-19.

That finding could change the way heart attack patients are evaluated:

“We’re taking a step back from that now and thinking about having patients brought to the emergency department so they can get evaluated briefly, so that we could determine: Is this somebody who’s really at high risk for COVID-19?” said Dr. Sahil Parikh, an interventional cardiologist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City, according to KHN. “And is this manifestation that we’re calling a heart attack really a heart attack?”

Still there are questions about whether COVID-19 is causing heart damage and cardiac arrest by infecting the heart, or whether the heart issues are a byproduct that is occurring when patients become seriously ill. Any serious medical event has the potential to stress the heart to the point of damaging it, KHN reported.

Heart damage has been found in nearly 20% of coronavirus patients, according to one initial study. This damage has shown up in patients with no previous heart illness.

“We have to assume, maybe, that the virus affects the heart directly,” said Dr. Ulrich Jorde, the head of heart failure, cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support for the Montefiore Health System in New York City, according to KHN. “But it’s essential to find out.”