November 20, 2015 |
A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury has awarded $10.1 million to a mother and her son, whose physicians at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia failed to timely diagnose his bacterial meningitis following several trips to the emergency room. Shamir Tillery, now 6, suffers from hearing loss, language disorder, developmental and learning delays, and a loss of balance. He was 11 months old when he came down with meningitis. "You just have to ask yourself how this kid can go, this baby can go, to CHOP three days in a row with this problem and it takes them that long to say, 'You know, he really is having a problem,' " the family's lawyer, Andrew Stern, said Wednesday.
September 30, 2015 |
A FORMER Philadelphia police officer who was charged with making a false report and related offenses in a bizarre case that involved his wife has died, a prosecutor told a judge Tuesday. "Robert Penn is deceased," Assistant District Attorney Sybil Murphy told Municipal Judge William Austin Meehan Jr. on Tuesday, when Penn, 48, was scheduled to face a preliminary hearing. Murphy said afterward that she did not know the cause of Penn's death. A report from the Medical Examiner's Office indicated that Penn was pronounced dead at Nazareth Hospital, in Northeast Philadelphia, at 5:40 p.m. Sept.
May 31, 2015 |
Three million Americans have some form of epilepsy; in 68 percent of the cases the cause remains unknown. More than a third of patients with uncontrollable seizures are not effectively treated with current therapies, which are often prescribed on a trial-and-error basis. Now, the Epilepsy Genetic Initiative will offer a project to uncover the causes, develop precision treatments, and design possible cures for epilepsies at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and seven other academic medical centers.
February 11, 2015 |
Recanting critical parts of a statement he made to detectives as a 16-year-old, the son of accused child-killer Margarita Garabito told a Philadelphia jury on Monday that his mother never hit or raised her voice at her 10-year-old stepdaughter. According to his signed statement of Oct. 21, 2009, to homicide detectives, Omar Jose Lorenzo said he heard the sound of "slapping" coming from Charlenni Ferreira's bedroom after his mother went in to discipline the girl. Lorenzo's statement also says he told detectives he saw his mother take a broom into Charlenni's bedroom to discipline her and then heard the girl crying.
February 5, 2015
RECENTLY, football has become a hot topic among some of my mom friends. Many can't wait to sign up their 5- and 6-year-old sons to play the game. Much to everyone's surprise, when I was asked about when my son, Darius, would start playing football, I responded with an emphatic, "No, nada, nope. Not happening. Not on my watch. " "What, Miss Fitness?" someone said, with a tinge of sarcasm. "And just why don't you want your son to play football?" Well, for starters, I parried back: "Why in the world would I consciously encourage my son to participate in the most violent sport in the world, which, by the way, also has a high probability of leaving him broke, broken and brain damaged?"
February 5, 2015 |
Ten-year-old Charlenni Ferreira died more than five years ago, but the only thing that's certain is that her life was a living hell of beatings and sexual abuse. On Tuesday, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury began hearing evidence to decide whether she was killed by her stepmother, her father, or both. Seated at the defense table is the girl's stepmother, Margarita Garabito, 48, who a prosecutor said hated her new husband's child. "She hated this child and she wanted this child dead and out of her life," Assistant District Attorney Andrew Notaristefano told the jury of seven men and five women in his opening statement.
February 1, 2015 |
A CLINICAL neuropsychologist testified yesterday that charter school founder Dorothy June Brown has mild brain damage consistent with early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Barbara Malamut's testimony contradicted that of three court-appointed mental-health experts who took the stand earlier in the week during a competency hearing to determine whether Brown, 77, is fit to stand retrial for allegedly defrauding four schools of $6.3 million and conspiring with other administrators to conceal the crimes.
November 21, 2014 |
With the NFL and the ex-players who support its nearly $1 billion settlement on the defense Wednesday and those seeking its rejection on the attack, the ongoing legal skirmish over the league's concussion agreement headed into overtime. The long day of testimony in Courtroom 7-B of Philadelphia's federal courthouse was aimed at determining the fairness of the settlement. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody, who granted conditional approval this summer after the NFL agreed to lift its cap on damages, has yet to decide on the agreement's fate.
November 8, 2014 |
Ellen Lieber, 54, of Medford, who survived brain surgery when she was 6, and subsequent disability, to work as a teacher's assistant at Tots Cooperative Nursery School in Moorestown from 1980 to 2005, died of a stroke Wednesday, Nov. 5, at her home. "She was an unusually brilliant child," her mother, Marlene, said, "but when she started school, she started having problems - falling, dropping things. "I took her to a psychologist and he said, 'Her IQ is 140 and she has organic brain damage.' " "After surgery and radiation," Marlene Lieber said, "they told me there was no hope and there was three months to live.
October 24, 2014 |
Is she dead or isn't she? Jahi McMath, 13, was declared brain-dead in December after her heart temporarily stopped during a tonsillectomy in Oakland, Calif. The tragedy drew national attention when the girl's mother, Nailah Winkfield, persuaded a judge in January to allow her to remove the body from the hospital, still on life support. The mother brought the girl to New Jersey, where the law allows a family to refuse to remove life support from brain-dead patients for religious reasons.