January 27, 2016 |
An 18-year-old pregnant woman died Saturday morning of a suspected heart attack after shoveling snow at her Pottstown home. Briahna Gerloff was eight months pregnant and suffered from several heart defects, according to Pottstown police. Gerloff's soon-to-be born daughter, whose name was to be Kayliana, also died. Gerloff's younger brother, Stosh, found Gerloff unresponsive in her kitchen shortly after 9 a.m. and called 911. She could not be revived. The cause of death has not been determined, police said.
November 26, 2014 |
WHEN JALEEL Benton awoke in his North Philadelphia home in early October, he had an uncomfortable feeling in his chest. Once a shy and socially anxious youngster, Benton had found a measure of confidence on the football field. The 6-5, 375-pound nose guard for Prep Charter hadn't grown up immersed in the game. In fact, he didn't play high school ball at all until his junior year. Nevertheless, a passion developed quickly. However, on that morning, Benton, now a senior, had no idea the game he loved would be taken away forever.
September 19, 2014 |
Marguerite L. Johnson, 85, of the Carroll Park section of West Philadelphia, a nurse-practitioner who worked in city schools for 22 years, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, at ManorCare Health Services-Yeadon of a heart condition. Offering comfort and care to all who came through her office, Mrs. Johnson held a number of posts in Philadelphia and New York throughout her 43-year nursing career. A Philadelphia native, Mrs. Johnson went to New York after her high school graduation in 1946 to attend the Lincoln School for Nurses in the Bronx, which was founded in 1898 to train black women to become nurses.
March 21, 2014 |
NINE-YEAR-OLD Tommy "TJ" Ramos doesn't have a broken heart, his ticker just marches to its own beat - like Dallas Stars hockey player Rich Peverley's heart. Luckily, both guys - who have the same genetic heart condition called CPVT - were surrounded by their teammates and quick-thinking men with CPR skills when their irregular heartbeats led to sudden cardiac arrests during sporting events. TJ, a Philly kid who plays baseball and hockey, got a chance to meet Peverley's teammates yesterday morning before their game against the Flyers.
September 27, 2013 |
TOMMY "TJ" Ramos, a 9-year-old catcher on the Torresdale Boys Club baseball team, had just stepped onto the field on Leon Street near Eden for practice at about 6 p.m. Sept. 12 when he collapsed for no explicable reason. "He went down on his face. It looked like a seizure," said his mother, Micki Ramos. "I completely freaked. " But it wasn't a seizure. TJ's small, young heart was undergoing cardiac arrest. He was having a heart attack. Luckily, two off-duty Philadelphia cops - K-9 Officer John Callahan, a coach with TJ's team, and Gang Unit Officer John Pasquarello, who was watching his son practice - jumped into action while another coach called 9-1-1.
September 25, 2013 |
William H. Castor, 92, formerly of Richboro, who retired in 1983 from CMC Heavy Equipment Rentals, a business he cofounded, died of a heart condition Friday, Sept. 20, at Doylestown Hospital. Mr. Castor, a native of Northeast Philadelphia, started his career working as a mechanic for his father's Sunoco service station. Later, he went into business with his brother, Edward, as cofounder of CMC Builders in Trevose. He also cofounded CMC Heavy Equipment Rentals, from which he retired in 1983.
April 24, 2013
Tale of the Tape Height Weight Arm length Hands 6-foot-2 311 lbs. 33 5/8 in. 9 ¾ in. Combine results Loutlelei did not participate at the combine. Skinny Lotulelei is appealing based on his size, production, and versatility. In a 3-4 defense, he can play any spot on the line, and he can play both interior spots in the 4-3. One of the big issues with Lotulelei was a heart condition detected before he was set to participate at February's scouting combine.
April 24, 2013 |
When the college season concluded and draft prospects entered the lexicon of NFL fans, Star Lotulelei was near the top of all lists. The Utah defensive tackle had the size and college resumé worthy of potentially becoming the No. 1 pick in the draft. Then a physical at the scouting combine detected a heart condition that sent Lotulelei home prematurely and prompted concern about his draft status. Lotulelei has since been medically cleared - Eagles general manager Howie Roseman confirmed that the team found no issue with Lotulelei's heart condition - and Lotulelei is back near the top of many draft boards.
February 26, 2013 |
TOM BRADY agreed to a 3-year contract extension with the New England Patriots on Monday, a person familiar with the contract told the Associated Press. The extension is worth about $27 million and will free up nearly $15 million in salary-cap room. The 35-year-old, two-time league MVP was signed through 2014, and has said he wants to play at least 5 more years. Brady will make far less in those three seasons than the going rate for star quarterbacks. Noteworthy * The San Francisco 49ers are in talks to trade backup quarterback Alex Smith, ESPN reported, citing league sources.No NFL trades are permitted until March 12. * Star defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, from Utah, expected to be drafted high in the first round in April, has a heart condition, his agent said, and will undergo more extensive testing.
February 9, 2013 |
February is American Heart Month, so naturally, on Feb. 1, the Philadelphia 76ers hosted their annual "Go Red Night. " As we walked into the venue, we were given a "Go Red for Women" sticker and a postcard to record the name of a loved one who has heart problems. Throughout the game, the crowd was educated about the stark reality that sudden cardiac arrest is the No. 1 cause of death in this country. We learned what symptoms women should look for and how they should modify their lifestyles for better heart health.