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Boy dies after 3 years without a brain

PUEBLO — A Colorado boy who survived three years without a brain has died.

Nickolas Coke surprised doctors after he born with only a brain stem. Most babies with that condition are stillborn or die shortly after birth.

According to KOAA-TV, the boy survived without medical equipment and was playing with pumpkins before he died earlier this week.

KOAA reports that Nickolas’ condition is known as anencephaly. The Coke family lives in Pueblo.


Wife of longest-married couple fame dies

LAS VEGAS — Theresa Faiss’ marriage to former state Sen. Wilbur Faiss lasted more than some lifetimes, and earned congratulations from the president. Just months after being recognized as being the longest married couple in America, the matriarch of the Faiss family has died in Las Vegas at the age of 97.

The couple were honored in January by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter as being the longest-married couple for 2012. They were married for 79 years.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Theresa Faiss died Sunday. Private services are planned.

Wilbur Faiss, who served in the Senate from 1976 to 1984, is the oldest living former Nevada state legislator.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports