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This Latina Survived Two Tours In Iraq Then Got Struck By Lightning

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Rosa Sanchez is a soldier from Fort Bragg, Texas who bravely served her country in two tours in Iraq.

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After surviving one of the most dangerous places in the world, the Latina veteran had a near death experience once she returned to the United States.

In 2009, Sanchez was carrying her young son into a T.J. Maxx store when they were both struck by lightning.

Sanchez and her son were both burned badly during the strike. “He was burned, but he was looking up at me and screaming,” Specialist James Van Dorn, also an Iraq veteran from Fort Bragg, Texas, told the U.S. Army. “My training tells me that is a good sign, so I passed the boy over to another bystander.”

The lightning bolt entered Sanchez’s right shoulder and went through to her left foot.

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“When I got to her, I saw that she was on fire – her hair, her shirt,” Van Dorn told the U.S. Army. “It’s pouring rain and she was on fire. It just tells you how powerful lightning is. I took off my shirt and put her out as quickly as I could.”

And, in the process, the lightning bolt fused the underwire of her bra to one of her breasts.

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Doctors had to remove some of her skin to remove the underwire. “When they [the doctors] cut the skin off it obviously made one side bigger than the other,” Sanchez said during her interview on the TV series “Botched By Nature.”

“When I look at my chest now, I don’t feel like myself. I can see that it’s different and I feel deformed.” Sanchez said the injuries prevented her from being active and led her to gain weight. The injury, combined with a previous tummy tuck procedure that wasn’t executed well, left her even more uncomfortable with her appearance.

On top of the physical damage, Sanchez’s memory was also affected.

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Sanchez signed up for the TV series “Botched By Nature” to get help. Doctors gave her a breast augmentation and tummy tuck to fix some of the issues caused by the lightning strike and previous cosmetic surgery.

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“It’s a new beginning and I’m in a happy place and I’m in a good place,” Sanchez told E! News. “And I think I’m ready for whatever comes.” The doctors were able to fix the failed tummy tuck by flattening her stomach and trimming down her sides. They were also successful in giving Sanchez a breast augmentation so her breasts matched in size.

You can watch Rosa Sanchez’s “Botched By Nature” preview below!

READ: After A Routine Surgery, This Latina Woke Up With A British Accent

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13 Reasons Why Latinos Will Miss Seeing Their Stories In ‘Jane The Virgin’

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13 Reasons Why Latinos Will Miss Seeing Their Stories In ‘Jane The Virgin’

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WARNING, SOME VERY CHIQUITO SPOILERS AHEAD! 

The end of one of our favorite shows, Jane the Virgin, is near. For almost five years (it was first aired in 2014) we have followed the adventures of Jane Gloriana Villanueva, our heroine who was wrongly inseminated. Jane’s journey was also related to her career as a writer, a vocation that she tries to follow even though life sometimes gets in the way. The narrative accomplishes something almost impossible to pull off: it makes outrageous telenovela situations feel close to us. The 100th and last ever episode will be aired on July 31st, and fans are getting their tissue box ready for what promises to be a tearful finale. Because we don’t like goodbyes we will start our farewell now. These are some of the reasons why we consider Jane the Virgin to be a watershed moment in the history of Latino representation in mainstream television, and why we will miss Jane, her lovers, her family, and her amazingly quirky son. A llorar se ha dicho

1. Jane the Virgin was finally a show that represented the many complexities of Latino communities in the U.S.: it made us laugh and cry in equal measures.

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There have been some shows about Latinos in the United States, and titles such as Netflix’s Mr. Iglesias seem to be gaining more traction. However, Jane the Virgin could break into the mainstream, escaping the niche denominator of “Latino”. It was wonderful to see the very specific Florida Latinidad represented on the screen. 

2. The show discussed the uncomfortable issue of migration and the perilous path to citizenship. Te queremos, Alba!

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The show touched in one of the main issues that define the Latino experience in the United States: migration. Alba’s citizenship journey was equally stressful and hard to watch, and we are sure it resonated with millions of Latino families in how vulnerable migrants can be before attaining citizenship. A call to action that was also told in a tender, extremely human way. 

3. Jane proudly wore her Latina identity, in her life and literary work.

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Instead of trying to “fit in” with Anglo culture to blend, Jane Gloriana Villanueva embraces and celebrates her Latina identity. From her clothes to her cultural references (Chilean novelist Isabel Allende makes a cameo!) and her literary work, she tries to uncover what Latina identity means today in matters of love, family, sex and professional life. 

4. It showed us that true friendship with your exes and your exes’ exes is possible (you know this is a telenovela, right?)

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Well, maybe this is not that in tune with reality, pero se vale soñar. We love how Petra, Jane, and Rafael find a way to co-parent three cheeky monkeys. 

5. It gave us a strong, independent, queer woman.

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Petra is perhaps the character that developed the most. She went from being a terrible telenovela villana to being a member of the Villanueva clan. Her backstory is fascinating and through the seasons she found a way to discover herself: she is a survivor, and the ultimate way to survive is accepting who she is a powerful queer businesswoman, and a loving mother who allows herself to be vulnerable and ask for help. 

6. It serves us some old-world Latino charm.

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When Jane imagines her romantic epics, and also when Alba tells her life story, we get to see some of the old world Latino charms that have made the romantic narrative a staple of the region. This is also a way to deal with 

7. It provided us with one of the most truthful representations of the joys, frustrations, and awesomeness of parenthood.

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Right from her pregnancy, Jane embodied the shock and delights of motherhood. The show does not give us a vanilla version of how pregnancy sorta wrecks the female body and how hard it is to raise a child. Mateo is Jane’s world, and it is amazing to witness Jane embrace her power, but also her cluelessness as to how to be a mother. Nadie nace sabiendo

8. Four words: Rogelio De La Vega.

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Mexican actor Jaime Camil, a former telenovela heartthrob, found his ideal character in Rogelio De La Vega. He is funny and charming, vulnerable and the best father ever. We would totally watch a spin-off featuring only him! 

9. The genuine chemistry and friendship shared by the cast.

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Gina Rodriguez and Jaime Camil really do look like father and daughter in this photo. Judging by interviews and their social media accounts (including photos of Gina’s recent wedding), cast members have formed a true family offscreen, which translates into the amazing chemistry we see in the show. 

10. The show is a true picture of the multicultural United States.

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Yes, the cast is primarily Latino or plays Latino characters (even the blonde Michael has a Latino last name: Cordero), but the show has Eastern European, Anglo, Black and even Indian characters. Rather than being insular and only focus on Latinos, it is a mosaic of the cultural diversity of Florida, where the narrative takes place. 

11. Primero la familia: a message that resonated with Latino audiences worldwide.

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Through the show, we are witness to the perpetuation of family rituals. The Villanuevas have dinner together, come rain or come shine, and they spend time together even if they are upset at each other. Later in the show, Petra and Jane find a way to create new traditions for Mateo and the twins, unlikely half-siblings who are growing up together. 

12. Simply put, Jane the Virgin is funny as hell.

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Jane the Virgin is a cleverly written comedy that blends huge amounts of drama, very tender and human moments, and gags that are anything but cheap. Every joke or unusual situation in the show reveals something about the characters rather than looking for cheap laughs. For example, when Jane’s life spins out of control she usually becomes very clumsy: the physical comedy reveals characters’ inner state. We can also think of Rogelio’s hilarious gift baskets! (we wouldn’t mind getting one by the way). Or how Petra’s twins often make reference to the creepy duo from the horror film The Shining.

13. But above all, the show gives full agency to female characters, something rare in any TV show.

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In today’s media industry, it is extremely rare for a female-led television show or film to be approved, even more so if the character is a Latina played by a relatively unknown actress. Jane the Virgin was a rarity and a novelty: a sitcom that got pretty dark at times, which offered dialogue in Spanish and was unashamedly influenced by telenovelas. The Villanueva queens and Petra drove the narrative, un matriarcado televisivo like no other. Jane did not make her decisions solely based on what her romantic counterparts demanded: she was in control of her feelings, her sexuality and her experience as a mother. We will miss you, Jane hermosa.

READ: ‘Jane The Virgin’ Actress Opens Up About How Anxiety Kept Her From Showing Up To Set

George Lopez Makes Us Happy Cry With A Gift To A Latino Soldier Just Trying To Make It To The Birth Of His Son

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George Lopez Makes Us Happy Cry With A Gift To A Latino Soldier Just Trying To Make It To The Birth Of His Son

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Comedian George Lopez said he helped out a U.S. service member make it home in time to be at the birth of his first child. 

Lopez writes in an Instagram post that he ran into the young man while at an airport bar. Lopez thanked the unnamed service member for his service and asked him where he was headed and learned he was taking leave to be at the birth of his first child.

George Lopez helped make one man’s dream come true.

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Lopez was at an airport bar where he met a service member who was going to miss the birth of his son because he couldn’t afford a plane ticket home – he’d be taking the bus instead.

For Lopez, that just wasn’t an option. So to guarantee he would make it home in time, Lopez stepped in and helped. “Take this and buy yourself an airline ticket,” Lopez said in the Instagram post. 

In an Instagram post, Lopez shared the story of what happened.

Lopez shared pictures he received from the service member, letting Lopez know he made it to the birth in time. Lopez ended his post by reminding everyone to thank military members before taking an apparent jab at President Donald Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.”

“Take a moment to thank them for their service, because without the brave men and women and LGBTQ we wouldn’t enjoy the freedom to agree or disagree,” Lopez wrote. “America has always been great.”

The Instagram post has racked up nearly 150,000 likes

Many on Twitter hoped that there were more people like George Lopez on this Earth.

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Same gurl, same. With al lthe negative news in the world we need more good people doing more good things.

While other’s pointed out that generosity is the best way to pay it forward.

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There’s a little thing called karma and when you help people out, especially those who are less fortunate than you, the universe typically rewards you big.

And that one act of kindness obviously meant the world to a growing family.

While another hoped the heartwarming experience would send a signal to our president.

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We doubt it but it’s possible that the commander-in-chief may possibly some how be inspired by the feel good moment. Maybe…? We all know that our country’s inhumane immigration policies could use some compassion.

And a lot of people on Twitter were just happy to finally hear some good news.

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It’s so true though. We are all constantly overwhelmed by the onslaught of noticias malas, from migrants dying on their journey to the US to Trump’s racist remarks about ‘the Squad.’

So many were quick to welcome this moment of compassion and generosity between strangers. And we’re totally here for it.

READ: George Lopez Recalls The One Time He Golfed With Donald Trump

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