New Valve Replacement Therapy Offers Alternative to Open Heart Surgery

JACKSONVILLE, FLA - A revolutionary new heart treatment is offering new hope to patients considered ineligible for open heart surgery or at great risk of suffering serious surgical complications.

Known as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), the minimally invasive procedure is now being used to treat patients suffering from severe aortic valve stenosis. One of the most common valve disease disorders, aortic stenosis typically results from aging, as calcium or scarring narrows and hardens the heart’s aortic valve. As blood flow through the valve becomes constricted, individuals may experience chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting and palpitations. For those with severe aortic stenosis, the condition can lead to congestive heart failure and even death.

Fiery fatal crash closed portion of Philips Highway

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two people died in a fiery crash on Philips Highway Friday morning.

Florida Highway Patrol investigated the crash that occurred just before 5 a.m. involving a garbage truck and a black Kia Sedona SUV.

According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, the garbage truck was traveling southbound on Philips Highway in the right lane, while the Kia was in the left lane.

The driver of the garbage truck allegedly tried to make a left turn from the right lane and did not see the Kia. The Kia's left rear tires were hit in the crash, which caused the Kia to overturn. The Kia came to a final rest on its roof in the center median.

The Kia also caught fire following the crash and Florida Highway Patrol confirmed two people in the SUV died, identified as 33-year-old Wade Lamar Jenkins and Eric Douglas Acy Jr., 25.

Pet owner discovers her puppy is a hermaphrodite

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Donna Ciomcia owns several pets, but her latest has left her speechless.

In December of 2012 Ciomcia purchased Kennedy, a Cock-a-poo for about $1,000.  

"All the paperwork said she was a female," said Ciomcia. "The vet I brought her to said she was a female."

Ciomcia said she was concerned about a kennel cough until she discovered another problem.

"I shaved her down for the summer and I noticed something that looked a little odd in her private parts," she said. 

Ciomcia took Kennedy to the vet and was told that her female puppy was a Hermaphrodite.

"She had testicle where her ovaries should have been," she said.

Stunned and overwhelmed she began asking, what are my rights? Who is responsible?

"It was overlooked by the pet store, it was overlooked by the breeder it was overlooked by me," she said.

'Sharknado' coming to big screen in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The "Sharknado" phenomenon will be touching down in Jacksonville.

The SyFy Channel TV movie about a tornado sucking up sharks and thrusting them on the people of Los Angeles will have one midnight showing at Regal Avenues Stadium 20 at midnight on Aug. 2.

Tickets are $12.50 and can be purchased in advance. To get more showtime and ticket information, click here.

Click here to learn more about how "Sharknado" first hooked viewers.

Cyclist searching for Baymeadows hit-and-run driver

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Michelle Mullinix is an avid cyclist, and believes a good student of road safety.

"I felt I was doing everything right," she said.

Mullinix is now the victim of a hit-and-run accident while riding her bicycle.

"I had bruised ribs, a concussion, bruising, abrasions," said Mullinix.

June 26, during morning rush hour, Mullinix was riding her bicycle on Baymeadows Road near I-295, going about 20 mph. 

"I had the green light," she said. 

She had green but that did not stop the next chain of events.

Mullinix was going through the intersection when she was hit by a pick-up truck.

"I said oh my God he's not going to stop," said Mullinix.

Video from roadway cameras captured the moment as the service truck plowed in Mullinix knocking her off of her bicycle. 

"I was out for a few minutes," she said.

Bad hair day at the salon

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Linda Pagurra, 67, is sensitive about her hair. On July 3rd she said a trip to her hair stylist for a body wave turned into a mess.

"I came home... looked in the mirror and my hair was total mess," she said.

The Salon, Cuts by Us, responded and gave her a refund and promised to deliver conditioning treatments until her hair was restored.

"The manager said 'oh my God' your hair has been completely fried," said Pagurra.

Pagurra said everything was going well, she was getting treatments twice a week, until  this week when the stylist told her that it was costing her money.

"She said this costing me money, this is the last time!" said Pagurra.

Your guide to First Coast 4th of July celebrations

Firework displays and events scheduled to celebrate the 4th of July holiday across the First Coast. Here's a list of the festivities:

Columbia County celebrates 4th of July

Clay County celebrates the 4th of July

Fernandina Beach celebrates 4th of July

Flagler County celebrates 4th of July