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.
March 21, 2001 |
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.
April 1, 2012 |
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.
January 10, 2013 |
Every year, 1.7 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries, the result of car accidents, sports, gunshots, and mishaps as seemingly minor as a slip and fall. The rehabilitative path on which many embark was paved in part by Dr. Irwin W. Pollack. A professor of psychiatry and neurology at New Jersey's Robert Wood Johnson Medical School from 1968 to 1998, Dr. Pollack was among the pioneers of an integrated therapy now standard in the field. Where disabilities once were treated piecemeal, he marshaled myriad specialties in a team effort to give head-injury patients if not their old lives back, then new lives.
November 1, 1997 |
A New Jersey woman who emerged from childbirth at Temple University Hospital severely brain-damaged was awarded $8 million yesterday by a jury of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Rose Arnold, 34, a former securities examiner who has an MBA from Rutgers University, suffered brain damage when she was denied oxygen for several minutes during the 1994 cesarean-section delivery of her first child, said her lawyer, Daniel Weinstock. "She was an educated, intelligent woman," Weinstock said.
August 11, 2000 |
A woman found dead in a fire-ravaged Olney home Wednesday night was murdered and the fire was arson, police said yesterday. Police said an autopsy showed the victim suffered a gash to the left temple. A brain injury was the cause of death, the medical examiner's office said. Police said witnesses told them that just before the 8:46 p.m. fire in the two-story rowhouse on 7th Street near Rockland in Logan, they heard a woman and a man arguing inside. The fire started in a mattress in the dining room, which was being used as a bedroom, said Capt.
July 6, 2013 |
A man who had just celebrated his 21st birthday was charged with attempted murder in the multiple stabbing of an apparently homeless 71-year-old man outside the Doylestown SEPTA station early Wednesday. Bucks County District Attorney David W. Heckler said Dale Michael Wakefield, who turned 21 Tuesday, was arrested in Baltimore early Thursday. Wakefield was charged with stabbing George Mohr in the head, chest, arms, hands, and back several times and beating him, causing multiple facial fractures and a brain injury.
December 27, 2011 |
A NORTHEAST Philadelphia man left out some vital information when he called 9-1-1 at 6 a.m. yesterday to report that his mother was experiencing chest pains. As paramedics were taking the 78-year-old woman out of the Kirkwood Road home on a stretcher, he mentioned that his pop was lounging in a recliner. Dead. For awhile now. "When the rescue guys are taking mom out, he says, 'Can you take my dad with you?' " said a source in Northeast Detectives. The 84-year-old father, who hasn't been identified, apparently spent Christmas in the recliner, but likely died on Christmas Eve. "He was dead for a couple days," the source said.
March 21, 2013 |
A former babysitter was sentenced Tuesday to 10 to 20 years in prison and five years of probation for the December 2011 death of a toddler in her care. Heather Hess, 25, of Upper Chichester, was convicted in January of third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for the death of 2 1/2-year-old David Miller Jr. When police responded to Hess' Hewes Avenue residence on a report of a child in respiratory distress, paramedics were trying to treat the boy. According to a criminal complaint, Hess told officers that she had been cooking when she went into the family room and found the boy unconscious.
January 12, 2014 |
Greg Merril held a lacrosse helmet above his head Friday afternoon at the Convention Center. A crowd had gathered around his booth at the US Lacrosse National Convention, and the founder and CEO of Brain Sentry was explaining what would happen if he let it drop. Affixed to its rear, the helmet had a small impact sensor, made by his company, Brain Sentry. When the helmet registers the kind of shock powerful enough to cause a concussion - such as being dropped from a height - the device emits a strong red LED light visible from 30 yards away in bright sunlight.