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October 16, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The death of an inmate this week at the Bucks County prison was a homicide and a fellow inmate is suspected in the killing, county officials said Wednesday. The victim, who has not been identified, died Monday from injuries sustained during an incident Sunday, officials said. An autopsy Tuesday determined homicide was the manner of death. Kristi Hoover, a Bucks County deputy district attorney, said no weapons were used, adding that the inmate's death appears to stem from a brain injury.
NEWS
April 3, 2012 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Ten years ago on April 5, Lauren Bilski was on the edge of her 12th-row seat next to her father watching her beloved Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins play, when a hockey puck hurtled off the ice, slammed her in the mouth, fractured her jaw, and knocked out three teeth. Her father, Joe, remembers hearing the sickening thud of the impact and turning to see his shocked daughter holding her face. Lauren, 10 at the time, remembers the blood drenching her favorite Penguins jersey, which all the team's players had signed.
NEWS
September 28, 2005 | By Stewart L. Cohen
I am a pro football fan, a lifelong Eagles fan, so I fully appreciate that the all-popular sport can bring attention to social issues in a way that few other things can. On its Sept. 18 Sportscenter program, ESPN televised a report about two football players who also have an interest in riding motorcycles. One of them, Jamie Henderson, a former defensive back for the New York Jets, was in a motorcycle accident in April 2004. Despite his injuries, he is now conditioning himself to get back into pro football.
NEWS
May 22, 1999 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 7-year-old Oregon boy left blind and unable to speak or walk after a heart operation six years ago won a $15.2 million judgment yesterday against Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, his surgeon and a technician who assisted. Alec Sears was born in a Portland suburb with a heart defect. Mark and Vicki Sears brought their son to Children's Hospital for a series of heart operations when he was one week old, six months old and 13 months old. The procedure had been pioneered at Children's Hospital, although by 1993 the surgery was being performed at medical centers around the country.
NEWS
August 24, 2000 | by Yvonne Latty , Daily News Staff Writer
Three years ago David Caruso Jr. was a charismatic young man who was engaged and working toward a future in the music industry. He walked into Neumann Medical Center in Fishtown feeling weak and suffering from what he thought were flu symptoms. A few days later, a series of mistakes by doctors and a nurse left him brain-damaged. Now, he can't speak or move. He has no control over his bowels and bladder. He can only open his mouth wide enough to have his teeth brushed. On Tuesday, a civil court jury awarded Caruso $49 million in the largest medical malpractice judgment ever in Pennsylvania, according to his attorney, Shanin Specter.
NEWS
October 21, 2012 | By Robert Barr, Associated Press
LONDON - The British hospital treating a Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban raised hopes for her recovery Friday when doctors said she was able to stand with some help and to write. Malala Yousufzai, 15, appeared with her eyes open and alert as she lay in a hospital bed, in the first photographs released by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham since she arrived from Pakistan on Monday. It was a series of positive developments since the shooting, which was a brazen bid by the Taliban to silence Yousufzai, who has been an outspoken advocate for girls' right to education.
NEWS
March 21, 2001 | By Mary Anne Janco INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Philadelphia man pleaded guilty yesterday to sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl while she was being treated for a severe brain injury in the pediatrics ward of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby Borough. Joseph Cash, 37, of the 4500 block of North 18th Street, pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault. Under a negotiated agreement, he faces three to six years in prison. He is free on bail and will be sentenced June 22 by Delaware County Court Judge Robert C. Wright. According to Assistant District Attorney Michelle Rotella, Cash knew the girl before she was hit by a tractor-trailer in 1998 and sustained severe injuries, including brain damage.
NEWS
April 1, 2012 | By Melissa Dribben, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ten years ago on April 5, Lauren Bilski was on the edge of her 12th-row seat next to her dad watching her beloved Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins play, when a hockey puck hurtled off the ice, slammed her in the mouth, fractured her jaw and knocked out three teeth. Her father, Joe, remembers hearing the sickening thud of the impact, and turning to see his shocked daughter holding her face. Lauren, who was 10 at the time, remembers the blood drenching her favorite Penguins jersey which had been signed by all the team's players.
SPORTS
November 15, 2009 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When the trainers got to Brian Westbrook as he lay supine and unconscious on the grass at FedEx Field with his teammates and opposing players standing hushed around him, Westbrook's arms were extended rigidly at his sides, locked in the grip of the event that had just leveled him. The presence of such a reaction indicated a severe medical emergency, one that can be caused by a stroke, brain hemorrhage, a tumor, or some other traumatic brain injury....
NEWS
February 21, 2016 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
Concern over the Zika virus - by now, the U.S. has had more than 50 cases, all associated with travel - has brought new focus to a birth defect that has been linked to the illness. It is microcephaly, which already affects about five in 1,000 children. David Bearden, a clinical instructor at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, has focused much of his research on congenital infections that can cause microcephaly. Bearden, also medical director of the International Program for Neurology at CHOP, spoke to us recently about the condition.
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