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December 11, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frank Burd hadn't heard the news about the George Washington High School teacher pummeled this week by three students, being held down and punched in the face, in a dispute over a cellphone. But his reaction was visceral. "Oh, my God, a concussion is serious," Burd said Wednesday. "I feel so much for this guy. One minute, everything is normal, and the next, you're in the hospital. " Burd, a former math teacher at Germantown High School, has been there - attacked in 2007 by students angry that he had tried to confiscate an iPod.
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January 22, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Through her victim-impact statement, read in court Wednesday, a woman who worked in a Jewelers Row store told a federal judge how she feared for her life; how she was suffocated, Tasered, and beaten; and how she begged for mercy after she was kidnapped by three masked men. "That day, I was told I was going to die," the woman, now 54, said in her statement, read by her husband in court. She was not in court. Prosecutors are withholding the couple's names. The woman, who worked at National Watch & Diamond Exchange, 101 S. Eighth St., said she would have given her kidnappers the codes to the store's door and safe, as they demanded, but she did not know them.
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December 18, 2015 | Gary Thompson, Staff Writer
Will Smith  says his upbringing as a football-loving Eagles fan made it difficult, at first, to accept the science behind his new movie "Concussion. " Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu , the Nigerian-born Pittsburgh pathologist who discovered degenerate disease (he named it CTE) in the brains of deceased football players, making him an enemy of the NFL. "My son played for four years, and it was some of the most beautiful time that we've had together," Smith, 47, told ABC News.
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August 20, 2012 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
To explore the spare bedrooms that have become Ric Owens' unlikely studio and gallery is both exhausting and invigorating. Rare is the confined space that documents a man's evolution in real time. Every turn reveals how art is speaking to - shouting at, really - someone who never even doodled before being hit by an 18-wheeler and suffering a concussion that rewired his brain. On the bench of a repurposed Bowflex machine sit stacks of geometric ink drawings. These inaugural sketches led to subtle watercolors that, in turn, inspired an acrylic, three-dimensional explosion.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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