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Jolie wrote, "On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity"

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Feb 28, 2017: We all want good health, perfect bodies, a great immune system, and disease free live. Unfortunately, there are many diseases which have shocking effects. Be it a commoners or celebrities all are prone to getting sick. And just like us, some celebrities even live with chronic conditions that can take a toll on their day-to-day lives.

Here are 10 celebrities with chronic illnesses-

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Angelina Jolie

On February 16, 2013, Angelina Jolie had undergone a preventive double mastectomy after learning that she had an 87% risk of developing Breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene. After completing each operation, Jolie wrote, “On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

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Charlie Sheen

Actor Charlie Sheen in 2015 announced during an interview with Matt Lauer that he is HIV positive. HIV destroys one type of immune system cell, called T cells, which makes it difficult for people with the virus to fight off infections.

Charlie Sheen. Wikimedia Commons

Selena Gomez

Pop star Selena Gomez had to cancel her Australian and Asian tour due to the complications that arose from Lupus-related health problems. The singer had to take some time off and focus on her health. This autoimmune disease causes the immune system of the body to attack other healthy organs and tissues.

Selena Gomez. Instagram

Kim Kardashian

After finding red, flaky patches of skin on her legs in 2011, Kim Kardashian has diagnosed with a disease called Psoriasis. It is an autoimmune disease, meaning the condition results when the immune system attacks the body’s own cells rather than foreign invaders. The skin disorder appears as raised red patches with thick, silvery scales.

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Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox has a disease called Parkinson’s disease in 1991 when he was 30 years old. It is a neurological disorder that affects a person’s ability to walk and move. It arises when the neurons in the brain that produce a chemical called dopamine, which helps to control body movements, begin to break down and die.

Michael J. Fox. Wikimedia Commons

Shakira

Shakira has an illness called Toxoplasmosis. It’s an infection caused by a parasite which can be contacted through cats or uncooked meat. It starts with flu and then gets serious like muscle aches and tender lymph nodes. It can develop eye problems in a small number of people.

Shakira. Twitter

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson has Hepatitis C. It is an infectious disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) that primarily affects the liver. It causes high fever, dark urine, abdominal pain, tiredness and yellow tinged skin occurs.

Pamela Anderson. Twitter

Tom Hanks

Actor Tom Hanks announced that he has type 2 diabetes during an interview in 2013. When a person has diabetes, the body cannot effectively control its blood sugar levels. It can increase a person’s risk for heart disease, nerve damage, blindness and kidney failure.

Tom Hanks. Twitter

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Lena Dunham

Writer and actress Lena Dunham described her decade-long struggle with endometriosis in November 2015. It occurs when cells from the lining of the uterus become displaced and grow in other areas of the abdomen or body, leading to pain and irregular bleeding.

Lena Dunham. Wikimedia Commons

Montel Williams

Montel Williams went public with his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, a debilitating disease that affects the brain and spinal cord in 1999. As with other autoimmune disorders, multiple sclerosis occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the person’s healthy tissue. It is not known exactly what triggers the condition.

Montel Williams. Twitter

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The Young Miracle: Baby In Congo Suffering From Ebola Recovers

The latest WHO assessment, released Thursday, simply calls the circumstances "unforgiving."

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- In this photograph taken Dec. 3, 2018, and released by UNICEF, an Ebola survivor cares for one-week-old Benedicte who was infected at birth with the Ebola virus by her mother, at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo. VOA

They call her the “young miracle.” A baby who was admitted to an Ebola treatment center just six days after birth has now recovered from the virus.

Congo’s health ministry calls the baby the youngest survivor in what is now the world’s second-deadliest Ebola outbreak.

The ministry late Thursday tweeted a photo of the infant, swaddled and with her tiny mouth open in yawn or squall, surrounded by caregivers who watched over her 24 hours a day for weeks.

The baby’s mother, who had Ebola, died in childbirth, the ministry said.

The infant was discharged Wednesday from the treatment center in Beni. “She went home in the arms of her father and her aunt,” the ministry said.

 

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Health workers treat an unconfirmed Ebola patient, inside a MSF (Doctors Without Borders) supported Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) in Butembo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nov. 3, 2018. VOA

 

Experts have reported high numbers of children with Ebola in this outbreak, which Congo’s health ministry says has 515 cases, 467 of them confirmed, including 255 confirmed deaths.

 

The tiny survivor is named Benedicte. In video footage shared by UNICEF, she is shown in an isolated treatment area, cradled in the arms of health workers in protective gear or cuddled by Ebola survivors, called “nounous,” who can go without certain gear such as masks. The survivors are crucial with their reassuring presence, the health ministry said.

“This is my first child,” her father, Thomas, said. “I truly don’t want to lose her. She is my hope.” He gazed at his baby daughter through the clear protective plastic.

Infected children

Children now account for more than one-third of all cases in this outbreak, UNICEF said earlier this week. One in 10 Ebola cases is in a child under 5 years old, it said, and children who contract the hemorrhagic fever are at greater risk of dying than adults.

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A health care worker carries a cross next to a coffin with a baby suspected of dying of Ebola in Beni, North Kivu Province of Democratic Republic of Congo, Dec. 13, 2018. VOA

While Ebola typically infects adults, as they are most likely to be exposed to the lethal virus, children have been known in some instances to catch the disease when they act as caregivers.

Few cases of Ebola in babies have historically been reported, but experts suspect transmission might happen via breast milk or close contact with infected parents. Ebola is typically spread by infected bodily fluids.

The World Health Organization also has noted that health centers have been identified as a source of Ebola transmission in this outbreak, with injections of medications “a notable cause.”

Dangerous conditions

So far, more than 400 children have been left orphaned or unaccompanied in this outbreak as patients can spend weeks in treatment centers, UNICEF said. A kindergarten has opened next to one treatment center in Beni “to assist the youngest children whose parents are isolated” there, it said.

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Marie-Roseline Darnycka Belizaire, World Health Organization (WHO) Epidemiology Team Lead, talks to women as part of Ebola contact tracing, in Mangina, Democratic Republic of Congo. VOA

Health experts have said this Ebola outbreak, the 10th in Congo, is like no other as they face the threat of attack from armed groups and resistance from a wary population in a region that had never faced an Ebola outbreak before. Tracking suspected contacts of Ebola victims remains a challenge in areas controlled by rebels.

Also Read: Women Hit Especially Hard In Congo’s Worst Ebola Outbreak

The latest WHO assessment, released Thursday, simply calls the circumstances “unforgiving.”

And now, Congo is set to hold a presidential election Dec. 23, with unrest already brewing. (VOA)