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honored, hosted by anderson cooper. but only one will be named the cnn hero of the year. that's it for me tonight. thank you so much for watching. i will be back here tomorrow night. our live coverage continues now with john vause and rosemary church. hello, and welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. a nurse in spain becomes the first person to contract ebola outside of west africa. >> more screenings, president obama says the u.s. will increase its vigilance for ebola at american airports. as isis militants tighten their grip on a key syrian city, some of the women on the front lines of this fight. also ahead, falling flat. we will tell you about a
marriage proposal that had all of the air taken out of it. well, there are significant developments on the ebola outbreak, developing on two continents in fact. in europe, the first known case of a patient contracting the virus outside of west africa is reported in spain. >> and in the united states, president obama is pressing for more global involvement in the battle to try to contain this outbreak as two patients received treatment in texas and nebraska. much more on that in just a moment. >> yeah, but first let's go back to that case in spain where a nurse's assistant has tested positive for ebola after helping to treat two infected patients. >> and while spanish officials are trying to downplay any sense of a crisis, they still cannot explain what went wrong. more now from al goodman. >> reporter: this nurse's assistant was part of the
medical team that treated the two spanish missionaries who got the ebola virus in africa and later came back to madrid and died. one died in august, the other got it in sierra leone and came back here and died. she was part of the team in contact with that team. she went on vacation, september 27, officials said, and she began to feel ill. she went into hospital yesterday, and today the health minister came out and announced the news to the nation about what had happened. let's listen. [ speaking? foreign language ] >> today we identified a patient in our country that has contracted a secondary case of the ebola virus. the patient is a nurse's assistant that helped treat the doctor. once we identified the possibility case of ebola, we immediately enacted the protocol
coordinated by the health department and the regional government of madrid. >> reporter: other officials who met in the crisis cabinet said that now all members of that medical team at the reference hospital, about 30 professionals such as this nurse's assistant are now under observation, their temperatures taken twice a day as well as the ambulance crew that drove the nurse's assistant to a different hospital on sunday also under observation. officials at the health ministry insisted that all of the proper procedures and protocols had been followed by that medical team in treating the two missionaries who caught the virus and came back and later died in madrid, but the questions are intense and are rising across the country on how this could have happened. we talked to some people on the street, a young couple who said they are feeling nervous. they said this was not supposed to happen. some unions issued a statement
saying they had warned the government that not all proper procedures were being followed. but we talked to an older lady, a professor, who says that if everybody gets crazy and hysterical nothing is going to get done. they say they will give the best treatment possible to the nurse's assistant. she's married, 40 years old and has no kids, but they will be looking at her family and friends to see if they feed to go under observation as questions are arising as to how to treat this situation in spain. the world health organization says there have been more than 7,000 cases confirmed in west africa. 3400 of them have been fatal. it's feared the real numbers could be much higher. the vast majority are in liberia where more than 2,000 people have died. and in dallas, the first
person to be diagnosed with ebola in the u.s. remains in critical condition. tomorr thomas duncan is reportedly on dialysis as well as a ventilator. meanwhile, the nebraska medical center is treating another ebola patient, freelance cameraman ashoko mukpo was able to walk on his own power. president obama says new airport screening systems are being developed. >> it is important for americans to know the facts. and that is because of the measures we've put in place as well as our world class health system as well as the nature of the ebola virus itself which is difficult to transmit, the chances of an outbreak in the united states is extremely low.
>> a lot of americans still don't understand why the current screening did not stop a man with ebola from entering the united states in the first place. >> and the hospital that botched the first diagnosis. we take a look at the case and the fallout. >> reporter: it took just one ebola patient to cast light on the screenings for the deadly virus. >> we don't have a lot of margin for error. procedures and protocols must be followed. >> reporter: at times, the response has seemed chaotic, keeping track of nearly 50 people who had contact with t thomas duncan. >> we need your help in letting them know they are not in trouble. we want to move them to a comfortable and compassionate place to care for their every need while we monitor them.
>> reporter: but the confusion swirls around duncan's first visit to the hospital on the night of september 25 and why he was sent home, possibly insecting others only to be admitted into the hospital three days later. last week, a hospital said a flaw in the electronic record led to him being released. they sent out a clarification, there was no flaw in the electronic health record in the way nursing portions interacted to this event. we asked for clarification but did not get a response to our questions. but we were able to ask the head of the texas department of health. >> the hospital said they initially blamed the electronic health record and changed that on friday but haven't really give and explanation as to what happened. have you learned any more about why he wasn't kept there when he first visited? >> i can understand how people could be frustrated with that
mixed message that you got. i think we will need to look at that. >> reporter: health experts acknowledge that the first case of ebola to be uncovered in the united states has uncovered flaws and unanticipated issues. >> there have been mistakes made and probably will be mistakes in the future, but i stand by the fact that the process is working. we don't have an outbreak. we have one event that is being handled properly. >> reporter: ed lavandera, cnn, dallas. >> and the church attended by duncan's partner louise says duncan came to the u.s. so they could get married. >> louise spoke to anderson cooper and asked that her full name not be used. she hasn't felt any symptoms so far and is pleading for all possible medical help to save duncan's health. >> i am worried. i am sad.
you don't know how frustrated i am. i just asking god. and asking the american government the same medicine wi with ebola to save his life. he is too young to die. >> there is no known cure for ebola, but there are several vaccines in the works, and you can get a look at where they stand on cnn.com. >> much more on the ebola outbreak later this hour. but a north korean boat and a south korean boat have exchanged fire. the boat crossed a demarcation line. no injuries have been reported. next on cnn, isis advances despite u.s. led air strikes.
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the islamic militants have raised at least two flags on the eastern side of the city. many fighters were killed during monday's fighting. kurdish officials say 2,000 people managed to flee kobani and cross the border into turkey overnight. if isis takes kobani, they would control crucial real estate. >> back in the united states, a teenager is under arrest on charges of trying to join isis. it comes amid growing concern in washington about the group's advance. cnn's jim sciutto has more. >> reporter: he told his parents he felt an obligation to migrate to isis-controlled land. chicago area teen, mohammed hamza khan. the latest of americans to volunteer for isis.
he was arrested at chicago's o'hare airport just as he was about to board what he said was a one-way journey to syria and to war. on the ground there, isis is advancing even in the face of american air power. today in kobani, northern syria, kurdish fighters are blolocked bloody street battles with isis. the militants have already raised their flag on a building while raining down shelling and artillery. one reporter tweeted we hoped american planes would help us. instead, american tanks in the hands of isis are killing us. u.s. officials call the effort against isis there ongoing. >> this is something where we've long said from the beginning that this would take some time. we're working, you know, closely to do everything we can to help push back isil in this part of
the country. >> reporter: in iraq where u.s. officials hoped the combination of coalition air power and iraqi units would turn the tide, isis is still advancing as well, capturing the city of hitt and closing in on ramadi. with iraq eye forci forces falt helicopters were coming to the rescue of overwhelmed soldiers. >> the aerial bombardment is not going to work to destroy isil. they will drag this conflict out and make it much more dangerous. >> reporter: looking at the map you can see how difficult it has been to gain back territory from isis. this is iraq before the u.s.-led air campaign started. at the time there were 13 cities under isis control. and this is today, 59 days into the air campaign, now 14 cities
under isis control. they added hitt and now ramadi being contested as well. looking at syria, there's no before and after. before it started, there were ten cities under control, today still ten cities and isis contesting for kobani on the turkish border as well. jim sciutto, cnn, washington. u.k. officials are also trying to stop isis from recruiting british men and women to join their ranks in iraq. >> karl penhaul spoke with a man who's pleading with his sons to abandon their fight. >> he would be happy if he died a good death as a muslim, going to paradise. and at the same time, we feel so
sad for the loss. he was so young. >> reporter: one son already dead, two more on syria's front lines. he desperately wants them home. >> this issue, as a father, i'm very selfish. i think about my sons first. that is the bottom line. >> reporter: british born and bred, he was first to leave. he was 19. he took up arms with al nusra, an al qaeda-backed group. but also designated a terrorist group by the u.s. i asked what led him from his english seaside home to the battlefield? >> to me, it doesn't make sense that more people are being affected and they do nothing. why is it extreme to go and rescue your religion or rescue your people? why is it seen as extreme?
has it reached to a point that the morals of life is to only care for yourself? >> reporter: at the start of this year, his younger brothers joined him on jihad. he had been to syria himself during aid work and tried unsuccessfully to persuade his sons to focus only on the humanitarian work. in april, the news he was dreading. one of his jihadi sons was killed. >> he advanced into the territory of the syrian army. and then a sniper shot him in his chest, i think. and he fell on his back and died. that's how his brother described it. >> reporter: and since the launch of u.s. air strikes, he knows the danger is growing for his two surviving sons. the u.s. contends it's primarily
targeting isis, not al nusra, but they've been bombed last week. they cut a deal with one-time rivals to confront the american offensive. >> the scholars of islam have come together to work with a peace for all the groups, it's more beneficial to face this coalition. but still, we have our islamic differences. >> reporter: on the home front, his father wants a different kind of deal -- a british government amnesty that would allow foreign jihadis like his sons to come home. >> if you tell people you are a terrorist, are you going to be imprisoned if you come back. you are going to be punished. so what you're saying is not to come back. you know? so i think they should be an
exit strategy for those. >> reporter: as the skype signal fades, there is no hint he is looking for the off ramp. he has a message for his family. >> i urge them to be patient and to wish for me to be patient and to wish for me to be steadfast. >> reporter: leaving his father clinging only to snapshots of a summer long gone. karl penhaul, cnn, england. >> it's tragic, stories like that playing out right across the globe. >> there are thousands of fighters who have signed up for isis. not just from britain, but many countries around the world, especially from saudi arabia and tanzania. >> we will take a short break now, but just ahead, the u.s. supreme court makes an unexpected decision on the same-sex marriage debate. ahead, the reaction from advocates of same-sex marriage.
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welcome back, everyone. well, same-sex marriages are now legal in 24 u.s. states. and soon that number is expected to grow. >> this is all because of a surprise decision. the u.s. supreme court said on monday it will not take up this issue during their session. another six states could soon allow same-sex marriage, which means more than half of the united states approves of same-sex marriage or marriage equality. gay rights supporters are
celebrating. >> i'm shaking with emotion right now and have been shaking all morning. >> reporter: on the first day of its new term, the supreme court on monday decided to stay out of the same-sex marriage debate. decisions from lower courts stand for now. those rulings declared bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. >> i feel like it's something that they didn't want to entertain. it's something that they believed that all americans should be treated as equals in the eyes of the law. >> reporter: the appeals have been brought by utah, oklahoma, wisconsin, indiana. >> it is not only legal but required that i issue licenses to every couple in indiana in marion county without discrimination. >> all virginians have the right to be treated fairly and equally, to have loving, committed relationships,
recognized and respected. >> reporter: same-sex couples in six other states might also be able to marry soon because they fall under the same circuit appeals courts that struck down bans. if that happens, today's action would make same-sex marriage legal in 30 states. let's check the weather now. and the drought this california sa qui is quickly going from bad to worse. and nasa has released an image showing a dramatic loss of water reserves. what's going on? >> you know, this wasn't going anywhere good anytime soon, and the long-range forecast doesn't look good, especially around california. but i want to show you these images nasa has released in the past few hours. these satellites were put up in orbit back in 2002, essentially showing the gravity field variations. basically, when you get gravity
field variations it indicates soil depletion and rocks. you can see significant moisture left in lace across that region, from coming very fresh off an el nino in the late 1990s across california. look what happened in 2008. you get some depletion in the yellows and oranges. and in 2014 you are talking about the worst drought in 100 years. the san joaquin valley. this is a very, very vital region of california. this historic drought goes into play in this impact. 250 different crops are grown in the central valley. 25% of the u.s. food supply comes from here. 40% of the u.s. fruit and nut supply comes from here. and 75% of california's irrigated land comes from here. you take this region, which is roughly 51,000 kilometers of
land. about twice the size of taiwan. the irrigation just to supply the water for the agriculture industry has left them, about 15 trillion liters of water per year are taken out of the ground to supply the agriculture industry with water. it's more than the 38 million people in california use on a yearly basis for their water use. this is the forecast from october through december. notice the drought expected to intensify across this region of california. and you've seen these graphics here, showing the numbers from december of last year to the spring and summer of this year when we push into the extreme and severe categories in the state of california. so right now, no relief. and portions of california we're seeing reports that water is literally shut off for homes. if you try to turn your faucet on, nothing will come out. >> it's like the dust bowl.
>> that's exactly what it's being compared to, the 1930s dust bowl. >> how long does it take to replenish? >> even if we get several years of significant rainfall, it's not going to do much. that's how far behind we are at this point. >> thanks. coming up on cnn, it is a cleanup unlike any others. meet the crew that's scrubbing an apartment where an ebola patient stayed. and a look at other worries, how kurdish women are joining the fight against isis. ♪ [ male announcer ] over time, you've come to realize... [ starter ] ready! [ starting gun goes off ] [ male announcer ] it's less of a race... yeah! [ male announcer ] and more of a journey. and that keeps you going strong. at unitedhealthcare insurance company, we get that. with over 30 years of experience, we'll be there -- ready to go as far as you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan,
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i'm rosemary church. >> i'm john vause. isis fighters are close to seizing the strategic northern town of kobani. cnn witnessed at least two of their black flags raised on the eastern side of the city. wire services quote kurdish officials who say 2,000 people fled into turkey overnight. a nurse's assistant in spain is now the first known person to contract ebola outside of africa. she was part of a medical team that treated a spanish missionary and a priest who both got the virus in africa. both of them died after returning to spain. and the u.s. president says he'll do more to pressure leaders to fight the ebola outbreak. mr. obama says they'll develop protocols to screen airline passengers in west africa as well as the u.s. well, in the effort to stop ebola from spreading beyond
thomas duncan in dallas, officials are trying to contact everyone who had contact with him. >> they're also trying to make sure the apartment he was staying in doesn't cause any problem. but the cleanup process is raising very serious questions. >> reporter: what you are looking at is the first time in american history a hazmat team has worked an ebola cleanup scene. men dressed like astronauts who work for a texas company, destroying everything in the apartment thomas eric duncan was staying in that could still have the living ebola virus. >> anyone who can give us advice from this, we've taken it. and we've gone a step further in our own training and taken care of it. >> reporter: this is kind of a surreal spectaclspectacle. look closely, you see mist from whatever's being sprayed in the apartment. for much of the time, the door
of the home is open. look next door, a child on the balcony who can't be more than 40 feet away of the apartments on both sides were occupied the entire time the apartment was being cleaned. people from all over the world live in this area. very little english is spoken. this woman has seven children and has no idea whether it's safe for her or her children to be there. no officials told them anything. she tells me, i am scared of what's happening. it's bad because we don't know anything. we don't know if it's going to spread. i keep my kids inside the apartment. joseph thomas leaves even closer. he's been told nothing either but is resigned to faith. >> i'm believing in my god. i trust in my god. he will protect me. if he want me, i'm ready to die. >> reporter: the neighbors here are all coming out on the
balcony watching. your people are going in with their hazmat suits, and they're wandering around 30 feet around. is that safe for them? >> i don't want to comment on that. that's not my expertise? >> reporter: but it's not your place to tell them to leave? >> i can't say i'd leave my family here. >> reporter: ebola does not spread through the environment. but even if it's just to lay it safe, it's not clear which local officials would be responsible for giving the residents information and/or temporarily moving them out. a spokeswoman for the dallas county health and human services department says we perform contract tracing, investigations and public health follow up. we will not comment on something that is not in our purview. we were told to get in touch with the person responsible for dallas county, but she hasn't responded to us. the hazmat trucks start driving off to an undisclosed location.
>> we have totally cleaned the apartment from the ceilings to the floors. removed everything out of the apartment. carpets, drapes, blinds, obviously put a final de-con to make sure nothing's living in there. it's all been removed. >> reporter: it appears moist o the neighbors never left. cnn, dallas. according to the centers for disease control and prevention. ebola symptoms can appear up to 21 days after being exposed. anybody exposed to duncan would likely be feel the symptoms about now. >> the great news for me is, remember, we take these temperatures every, two times every day. and we've got zero symptoms, okay, out there. zero. and that is a good sign. we are going to be having our
fingers crossed and our hands folded in prayer for this next week. it's an important week. >> and the mayor also admitted the city took way too long to respond, but he says they are now making progress. while kurding -- kurds struggle to defend kobani, cnn spoke to one girl who has been in the middle of the fighting [ speaking in foreign language ] >> reporter: she is soft-spoken, a shy, awkward 17 year old girl raised in a small village but tells me proudly she has killed and wants to kill again. >> reporter: when you were a fighter, when you were fighting, do you believe you killed members of isis?
>> translator: i killed maybe nine that i saw. when i killed one, i felt proud and happy, and i told everybody. >> reporter: she is from the kurdish region around kobani, the city in northern syria now being overrun by isis where local fighters have desperately resisted the advance. they are men and women. in kurdish society, there is special glory and pride for the female warriors who share the burden of the front line. >> translator: when i was a baby, i was thinking about fighting. before isis i was thinking about fighting for the kurdish people. >> reporter: she shows me where a kalashnikov bullet ripped through her side. do you wish you were still in syria fighting? >> translator: we have to follow
our leaders. if it were up to us, we would go blow ourselves up. we would do anything to destroy these people. >> reporter: that's just what this kurdish woman did on sunday. she blew herself up, killing isis members who were trying to take kobani. kurdish women have earned a reputation for being brave, fierce, and very capable. they know isis will show them no mercy. this photo which cnn can't confirm the authenticity of appears to show an isis fighter proudly lifting the head of a kurdish female fighter. she was once free to kill and risk death for her people. and her family bawas proud. but shy could only speak to us with her father's permission, and he insisted we hide her face. >> translator: being a woman in the family is like being in jail. when a woman fighter walks in town, women say, look, she's
free. she can do what she wants. kurdish women want to be fighters because they want freedom. >> reporter: only a short distance from where she makes tea for her family, kurdish men and women are fighting for the free doom of -- freedom of their homeland. isis is advancing. cnn on the turkish syrian border. the u.s. is trying to keep its anti-isis coalition together. and that seems to be a little more complicated now after vice president joe biden publicly criticized some key allies. >> cnn has the latest on how the white house is handling the fallout. >> reporter: tonight, the obama administration is scrambling to hold together the coalition of arab countries battling isis after vice president biden was forced to apologize to two key
allies for comments he made questioning their commitment to stop the terror group. >> our allies in the region are our largest problem in syria. >> reporter: his critical comments about turkey, united arab emirates saudi arabia and qatar came during a speech at harvard. >> they poured tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against assad. except that the people who were being, who were being supplied were al nusra and al qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world. >> reporter: the white house was asked about biden's apologies to turkey and the uae today. >> the fact that he called those officials in both those countries to apologize is an indication that he himself wishes that he had said it a little differently. >> reporter: privately, how much, officials admit that while
biden was undiplomatic he wasn't entirely wrong. he said it has allowed money and weapons to end up in the hands of extremists. he also gave voice to criticism that turkey has allowed fighters across the border to fight with isis. >> erdogan toldle me as an old friend, you are right, we let too many people through. >> reporter: that conversation was either supposed to be private or never happened. but all of this is making the job of keeping a fragile coalition on message even harder for a diplomacy member who just returned from the region. >> they responded to the real challenge. >> reporter: while many officials say privately they agree with vice president biden's comments, they admit
it's not exactly something you say out loud. plus, they say, a lot of these actions happened a long time ago. they say arab nations and turkey are fully on board, so it teamed like an unnecessary dig at key allies that the u.s. needs in the fight against isis. cnn, the state department. and for more on those comments, christiane amanpour has more. >> what they expect are fairness and empathy. the united states has bordered with mexico. and there are two states on both sides. is it easy to control all the borders? 1.6 million people came. this is the combined population of washington, d.c., boston and atlanta. you can imagine which type of
kong protesters and the government have agreed to hold several rounds of talks. we are live from hong kong now. we are seeing smaller numbers of protesters on the streets of hong kong. and it appears talks may bring this to a stand still. so what are these likely solutions that the government and demonstrators are considering right now? >> reporter: well, the government and protesters are still far apart. they have given no indication that they are willing to compromise on their two key demands, the resignation of the leader and the freedom to vote on the next leaders. so as far as the third way out, it's still unclear as to ha these two sides are prepared to give up to reach some sort of agreement.
but the key at the moment is the fact that they are talking, and that is a big step forward in this protest now in its second week, as you say. there aren't nearly as many people out on the streets. there are three protesters occupying three key sites. this is the biggest site, the main road into the financial district is still blocked off with basically a campsite at the moment. but i think it is fair to say that the momentum has slowed somewhat, partly because of the talks. people don't feel the need to be out here any more and also because of fatigue. it's very, very hot. uncomfortable conditions, even though the students have tried to make it as comfortable as possible. and people are returning to work. all the office buildings around this area are back to work. the central government officers which has been a focal point is at work. hong kong certainly is functioning, not at 100%, but it is functioning. >> all right. so we've seen the occupy movement lose its momentum.
you explained a lot of reasons why. is there also a possibility that for a lot of people they feel they got out on the streets and made their point? >> reporter: yeah, i think that's an interesting way of looking at it. a lot of people will tell you that. and a lot of people who have been close to the students said there has been quite a big discussion about the fact that the stewedbilities have made their point, and they've made their point quite spectacularly about their ability, a, to organize and b, to get people out and stay on message and keep it peaceful. if they stopped it now, a lot of people say they could walk away with their heads held high with the threat that they could start this again very quickly and keep pressure on the government and be visible at government operations that would involve these negotiations to keep the pressure on. what could happen here, if they keep this broad-based approach of occupying three sites, people of hong kong will get more and more fed up with the fact that
it is inconveniencing their lives, and the students may end up being pushed out by other hong kong citizens, which is not ideal at all. they would lose a lot of the credibility and a lot of the gains they've made. >> indeed. and as you point out, the key here of course is that the protesters and the government will be talking. we'll see what happens. we'll be watching that very closely. thank you, as you always. appreciate it. from the streets of hong kong, john? along with splash mountain and space mountain and thunder mountain, euro disney last turned a profit in 2008 and has been suffering from falling ticket sales. it has been a lifeline during europe's economic crisis now funding two bail outs for euro disney in three years. hilton says it's agreed to
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water on our planet when it comes to cyclonic activity. the impact of these storms, the typhoons. and you take a look. as far as the numbers impacting particular regions of asia, we have the philippines, five direct impacts since the first of january. we had china take on five impacts, two storms making landfall, one tropical and one typhoon. japan, lately, here's the track of the latest storm. it went right through tokyo. four storms impacting that region. the concern is storm number five for japan could be on the horizon and is as impressive as they come. it would be a major hurricane. it would be a category 3 at 115 miles per hour. all quadrants of this storm very impressive and organized. it takes a northerly track in the next two days. so by this time wednesday, the winds could be sustained at 150 miles per hour. that would be a very high-end
category 4 or 220 kph. phanfone moved on to the coast. here's the next storm in line. it goes northerly and eventually wants to take it to the east. i put two models together. one bringing it in tuesday. another one considerably stronger approaching tokyo by next tuesday afternoon. so it's something worth noting for that portion of the world. but if you're watching us from north america, tropical spotorm simon about to make landfall in the baja. so if you're tuning in from kingman, arizona, even las vegas, heavy rainfall in your forecast for the next few days. thanks so much. let's lighten things up for a little bit, shall we? >> just for a brief moment.
>> you see it all the time. a singer stands tall and belts out the national anthem. >> sometimes that performance can fall a little flat. here's jeanne moos. >> reporter: mark donnelly was doing what he always does, singing canada's national anthem at a hockey game. ♪ when he found himself skating on thin carpet. ♪ true to his name, mr. "oh, canada", mark kept singing, leaving some to sing his praises, a lesson in showmanship. >> the thing is those carpets were supposed to be up. >> reporter: did it hurt? >> i landed pretty hard on my left knee. >> reporter: but nothing a little extra strength pain reliever couldn't cure. even his chair almost fell.
>> whoops. >> reporter: as he sat down for our interview. an icy fall hasn't gotten this much attention since a canadian singer messed up the words to the u.s. national anthem, left, then came back to her downfall. twice in recent years we've seen ms. usas hit the deck. we've seen jennifer lawrence trip over traffic cones and conen o'brien hit his head while racing after teri hatcher. beyonce caught her heel on her hem and took a dive but like a diva came up swinging her hair. even lula bell the camel fell into the pews during a christmas rehearsal. and when carmen electra went down on the runway, her would-be rescue iralso wiped out. mark thinks there's a message in his mishap.
it could have been worse. there could have been a lot more of mark to fall. he used to weigh 370 pounds, then managed to lose more than half his body weight. >> if i had gone down, i don't think i would have come up. >> reporter: perseverance in performance is what mark hopes will be the take away from being taken down. do you have a message for the guy who laid the carpet? >> thank you. >> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn. new york. ♪ >> it's how you deal with it. and he dealt with it so well, because we've all had it happen, right? of course, you're perfection. i forgot that. >> please read on. we've got another one. a man wanted to give his girlfriend an unforgettable proposal, and he certainly did that, just not how he planned. >> he was proposing to her in a hot air balloon ride.
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