June 1, 2014 |
'I know something is wrong with my son," his mother said anxiously as she searched my eyes for understanding. Her 9-year-old son was a new patient of ours, recently transferred from another pediatric practice. He had a medical history of delays in speech and in school, and had started walking a little late at 14 months old. When he was 4, his mother described him to previous pediatricians as being "clumsy," but was reassured that this could be just part of his delays. He received physical therapy starting at 4, without much improvement.
May 8, 2014 |
Peter G. Callas Jr. had lived with muscular dystrophy since it was diagnosed when he was in eighth grade. "There have been times," his wife, Toni, recalled, when "he literally would be walking into the building at work, fall down on his face, get up, go to the hospital, come back, and continue working. " But then, in 1994, Mr. Callas was exercising on a treadmill while home alone when he fell off, she said, and "his legs were cramped for two hours," until she returned. "He could never walk again," she said.
December 31, 2013 |
For as long as she can remember, 10-year-old Melissa Shang has battled Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a form of muscular dystrophy. The incurable genetic disease damages nerves, causing debilitating muscle weakness and numbness - and requiring Melissa to use a wheelchair or walker to get around. When she was 7, Melissa fell in love with American Girl dolls, the pricey must-have toy of young girls from coast to coast and beyond. She cajoles her college-student sister to play dolls with her on trips home.
February 1, 2013 |
JIM JEFFERIES likes Philadelphia: "I think the cheesesteak's an overrated food, but it's a cracking place. " The Australian comedian, whose new series, "Legit" (10:30 p.m. Thursdays, FX) launched Jan. 17, will play the Trocadero for the third time on Saturday. Speaking Tuesday from Los Angeles, where he's been fighting a bad cold - he insists he'll be better by the time he arrives for the sold-out show - he quickly backpedaled on the sandwich slur. His objection, he said, wasn't to the cheesesteak but to any town's taking "ownership of putting cheese and meat together.
August 1, 2012 |
The disabled man said he had never before seen the two people who showed up at his apartment door, but he let them in anyway. They proceeded to beat him, yank him out of his wheelchair, drag him "like a rag doll" from the kitchen to the living room, and make off with his 55-inch TV, X-Box 360, and painkillers, according to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. They then took the cellphone from the 37-year-old man, who has muscular dystrophy, and threw it behind a chair to keep him from calling for help.
September 28, 2011
Ernie Johnson is stepping aside as the lead play-by-play announcer for TBS' postseason baseball coverage to be with his son, Michael, 23, who has muscular dystrophy. "Michael has been in intensive care since about Sept. 11," Jeff Behnke, TBS executive producer, said yesterday. "Ernie is going to take the postseason time to be with Michael and his family. " Behnke said Brian Anderson, Ron Darling and John Smoltz will be TBS' lead announcing team. The network's postseason coverage begins Friday with the two AL division series.
July 24, 2011 |
A legal marijuana dispensary could open in South Jersey as soon as December if everything goes as planned for Compassionate Care Foundation Inc., one of the state's six licensed cannabis distributors. Planning for a growing operation and dispensary can resume now that Gov. Christie finally gave the go-ahead to the state's medical-marijuana program, said the group's chief executive officer, William Thomas. On Tuesday, Christie directed the state health department to move forward after he put the initiative on hold in April.
June 15, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Disabled activists, many in wheelchairs, were cited for camping outside the Capitol and threatened with arrest before cooler heads prevailed. The drama began around 9 p.m. Monday when Capitol Police ordered members of American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today to disperse from their perch near a fountain. They told police they planned a three-day vigil to protest proposed cuts in Gov. Corbett's budget for home-care services to the disabled - and that they weren't leaving.
June 11, 2011 |
When a murder is solved, you usually hear that everyone - the victim's family, the homicide detectives, the concerned neighbors - will finally be able to find closure, justice, peace of mind. Sometimes, though, the only thing those people will find are disturbing, horrifying answers to questions that will haunt them forever. Like in the case of Antonio Quinton Clarke, a 15-year-old Bartram High School sophomore whose body was found behind a Grays Ferry electronics store on Nov. 27, 2007.