A little boy's life-changing surgery

May 21, 2010 1:54:34 PM PDT
If you saw Maddox Flynn on our air last night at 11, you know he has humor and attitude and heart.

The 2-and-a-half year old is in New York City, just out of surgery as I write this, to remove and fix the rather large lymphatic mass that has completely engulfed the left side of Maddox's face.

He's here from Edmonton, Canada because his family's insurance won't pay for the procedure. In Canada!

Our Jim Dolan was with the boy and his parents last night, on the eve of the operation. Jim, a wonderfully involved and evolved father, hit it off with the boy, as Jim usually does with kids. And it came through on camera.

Tonight, we're all waiting to see the results of Maddox's operation. And when we find out, we'll let you know, with a full story, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we're keeping an eye on what appears to be the fast-tracked end of horse racing in New York State.

The New York Racing Association is now formally warning its 1,400 or so employees that they could lose their jobs by June 9 because the association is nearly broke.

The Belmont Stakes is June 5, so this leg of the Triple Crown won't be affected.

Of course, no one wants anyone to lose their jobs, but not everyone would be crushed to see horse racing end. Legal gambling has its problems, and there are legitimate criticisms about the "sport" of racing these beautiful animals.

We're also keeping tabs on developments in Haiti, where officials are warning of heavy rains and possible floods over the next five days. This isn't good news for the hundreds of thousands of Haitians still living in makeshift camps that are already prone to floods, torrents of mud and the spread of disease.

And Nina Pineda tonight with the story of a local family that moved and stored its possessions. But then there was a fire at the moving company. Not only couldn't the family get reimbursed, but the moving company wanted them to pay the remaining balance on the shipping bill. They finally called Nina and got 7 On Your Side. Tonight, the story with the cautionary tale for anyone who uses a moving company.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports including the season's first subway series between the Yanks and Mets. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.

BILL RITTER


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