April 14, 2014 |
Donna didn't expect that things would be easy after her husband Richard suffered the double whammy of a blood infection and a stroke a year ago. But it was a surprise that the emotional damage from the stroke was more disturbing than his physical disabilities. He could no longer plan his days and didn't fully understand his limitations. What hurt her most, though, was that her feelings seemed to mean nothing to him. "I think a 5-year-old probably had more empathy than he did," said Donna, 56, of Rosemont.
February 9, 2014 |
JULIO ESQUILIN had nothing to say in court yesterday before a Philadelphia judge sentenced him to 50 to 100 years in state prison for savagely raping and beating two young children. Esquilin, 25, of Frankford, attacked the children in fall 2011, sending them to the hospital in critical condition. Both were the children of his two girlfriends. In September that year, Esquilin victimized a 3-year-old girl, knocking her front teeth out and raping her so severely that she suffered massive bleeding, Assistant District Attorney James Carpenter told Common Pleas Judge Denis P. Cohen during a sentencing hearing.
February 9, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Calling the conduct "unspeakable sexual depravity and brutality," a Philadelphia judge Friday sentenced a Hunting Park man to 50 to 100 years in prison for raping and severely beating a 3-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy, both the children of his girlfriends. The case of Julio Esquilin, 25, was described as "the worst I've ever seen" by prosecutor James Carpenter, chief of the District Attorney's Office's Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit. Carpenter said sexual offenders who assault toddlers are rare, and rarer still are those who also beat their victims.
January 23, 2014 |
WEST CHESTER A Chester County Court jury has awarded $32.8 million to a 4-year-old girl, concluding that she suffered brain damage at birth because nurses at Phoenixville Hospital failed to alert doctors about changes in her condition. After a two-week trial, the jury on Friday found two nurses were negligent when they waited 13 minutes to tell doctors that Lilly Ciechoski's heart rate had dropped, the family's lawyer said. The same jury found that a third nurse and the hospital were not to blame for the girl's injuries.
November 10, 2013 |
RON JAWORSKI faded back to pass. Peered downfield waiting for a sliver of daylight between receiver and defender. Drifted right, still searching. Thousand-and-two, thousand-and-three, thousand-and- pow ! This was Oct. 26, 1980, against the Bears, at Veterans Stadium. Jaworski never saw Mike Hartenstine. Never heard him, never sensed him. In boxing, the punches that do the most damage are the ones you don't see coming. Pow! Hartenstine speared Jaworski from behind, planting his helmet in the middle of the 7 on Jaworski's back.
November 1, 2013 |
JRUE HOLIDAY was traded to the Pelicans in the offseason but he'll always be a Sixer at heart. We know that because on Wednesday night he made a bit of a gaffe while warming up the crowd before New Orleans' home opener against the Pacers. "Yo, how you doing Pelicans fans?" asked Holiday. "On behalf of myself and the Sixers we want to welcome you all to the first Pelicans game this year. Yo, let's turn it up. We have a great city and we're so excited so let's turn up. C'mon!" You could tell he wasn't in Philly because the Pelicans fans still gave him a thunderous ovation.
October 9, 2013 |
* FRONTLINE. LEAGUE OF DENIAL: THE NFL'S CONCUSSION CRISIS. 9 tonight, WHYY12. HALL OF FAMER Harry Carson has a 3-year-old grandson who won't be playing football if Carson has anything to say about it. "I've told his mom, my daughter, that he's not going to play football. And his father has bought in," the retired New York Giants linebacker told reporters this summer during a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., for PBS' "Frontline" investigation "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis.
July 1, 2013 |
Recently, a frantic mother brought her 18-month-old son to our clinic with a fever of 103. Her anxiety over the child's fever was palpable, yet the boy's demeanor and his normal physical exam portrayed the opposite. After explaining that his fever was his body's normal response and that he probably did not need antibiotics, his mother looked at me pensively and said, "But he still has a fever. He's going to get a seizure. What are you going to do about it?" Raise your hand if you think a fever of 105 can cause brain damage.
June 16, 2013 |
Serenely unaware of her star status, Audrey Rose Oberio nestled in the crook of her father's arm before going home last week from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Months earlier, surgeons had closed a hole in her spine, a defect called spina bifida. With her delivery May 28, the hospital celebrated the arrival of its 1,000th fetal-surgery patient - and the power of diagnosing and treating birth defects in the womb. "When you hit a milestone like this, you tend to be reflective," said Scott Adzick, the pioneering surgeon who in 1995 established Children's Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment.
March 1, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I'm convinced my father's wife killed him and I don't know where to turn. I'm pretty sure it was assisted suicide, which is illegal in most states, including the state where he lived. I feel cheated and angry at my father's wife for not having the guts to talk to us about his plans, and Dad for relying on her to tell us when she never had a good relationship with any of us. It has been several years now, and I still feel guilty for letting it happen, although I'm not sure how I could have stopped it. Your thoughts would be appreciated.