Friday, May 24 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:21:38 GMT
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.In just a few hours heavy rains flooded much of Northern Vermont. Hardest hit were Essex, Jericho, and Underhill.The torrential rains Thursday nightMore >>
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:15 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:15:28 GMT
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon. A press release says that if possible, motorists should avoid downtown Burlington on Sunday,More >>
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 1:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:07:11 GMT
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday. Officials say they are postponing due to the upcoming inclement weather expected this weekend. Here's the updated schedule of events:7:30amMore >>
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:26 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:26:27 GMT
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to inclement weather predictions. According to Essex Memorial Day Parade Committee, the parade has been postponed one week to Saturday June 1 at 10 a.m.More >>
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been postponed due to inclement weather predictions.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:31 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:31:32 GMT
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.Police say Stephanie Rivers, 24, and Victoria Hammond, 23, bothMore >>
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:29:26 GMT
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has some recommendationsMore >>
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:52 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:52:16 GMT
A Windham County man cashes in a lucky lottery ticket. Frederick Randall matched 4 out of 5 numbers plus the power ball for the April 5th drawing.He would have won $10,000, but he played an extra buckMore >>
A Windham County man cashes in a lucky lottery ticket.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:01:42 GMT
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to link SUNY campuses with the business world in an effort to create more jobs. This project is called Tax Free NY. New York State Office of General Services CommissionerMore >>
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to link SUNY campuses with the business world in an effort to create more jobs. This project is called Tax Free NY.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:18 AM EDT2013-05-24 11:18:04 GMT
The Boy Scouts of America announced their decision on allowing gay youth into their program Thursday. The 1,400 member national council voted to change its current policy to allow openly gay youth. TheMore >>
The Boy Scouts of America announced their decision on allowing gay youth into their program Thursday.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:08 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:08:29 GMT
A staple atop Church Street in downtown Burlington is gone. We told you the fountain was being removed last month. Church Street Marketplace leaders say it was too expensive to run and blocked foot traffic.More >>
A staple atop Church Street in downtown Burlington is gone.More >>
After a nearly six-year long journey, a Thetford, Vermont woman is finally getting a new lease on life.
Carmen Tarleton, 44, is recovering from a rare and complicated full face transplant surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The surgery happened sometime in February but the date is not being released to protect the identity of the donor.
On Wednesday, the hospital announced the surgery.
"I'm happy to report that the team has achieved tremendous success in providing Carmen with a full face transplant," Dr. Elof Eriksson, Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Doctors say the surgery involved up to 40 people and took 15 hours. Tarleton had been on the transplant waiting list for 14 months.
"We had a plan...a plan that had been developed over months of research. Everyone executed their plan perfectly," says Eriksson.
The mother of two had been left badly disfigured with burns over 80-percent of her body after her estranged husband doused her with industrial-strength lye. Since then she has endured more than 50 surgeries.
Doctors transplanted the facial skin, including the neck, nose, lips, facial muscles, arteries and nerves. They say Carmen is almost in the final stage of recovery.
"Carmen is recovering very well. She's in great spirits. She's working hard to get stronger," says Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, Brigham and Women's Hospital. "She is without a doubt one of the most inspirational people I have ever met."
She'll need a year to heal and doctors expect she will regain about 80-percent of her facial functions.
Staff at the hospital say Tarleton, who is still recovering, watched online the press conference announcing the transplant. With the wait and surgery over, Tarleton wrote on her blog she can already freely move her head.
"I cried with such a deep appreciation for the persons truly responsible for giving me this gift: this new physical freedom," wrote Tarleton.
While Tarleton is expected to return to Vermont soon, her family has asked for privacy.
Her ex-husband Herbert Rodgers is serving 30 to 70 years behind bars. On February 11, 2009, he had pleaded guilty.
In May of 2009, Tarleton regained some of her sight, following a surgery in Boston.
More than two years later, she was added to the face transplant list.
Carmen's story is now captured in a recently released book, "Overcome: Burned, Blinded and Blessed."
She also released a statement Wednesday:
"I feel great appreciation and gratitude for the tremendous gift that I've been given. This greatly improves my quality of life and physical comfort level. My spirits are high, I feel really good and happy. This is a momentous opportunity in my life and I want to convey to the donor's family what a great gift they've given to me. And though there's much more to go, I feel strong, and I am confident that I have the strength to deal with whatever comes my way. I want all who have supported me to know that I will do everything in my power to ensure a successful outcome.
I want to thank every member of my care team at the Brigham for the superb care I have been given. Their focus and attention and how personally caring all of staff here is, including the public relations staff, is remarkable.
I have been so touched and am so grateful for all that the community, both locally and globally, has done for me. Your words of encouragement and gestures of support have meant so much.
I want to acknowledge my family for their support and love, and the support of my good friend, Sheldon. My sister and my mother have been especially dedicated to my well-being. My daughters Hannah and Liza believe in me fully and have been my inspiration. We're all excited to move into this new chapter of our lives together."