March 22, 2015 |
In a few days, surgeons at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are scheduled to operate on the heart of Graziella Nobile's newborn baby, fixing a grave arterial defect that, if left unrepaired, would be fatal. The hospital lately has a stellar record on that type of operation, in the sense of getting patients home alive. From 2009 to 2012, the most recent data available, 60 infants had this surgery, called an arterial switch, and all survived. The part that doctors have yet to figure out completely is the brain.
January 22, 2015 |
HER NAME means "angelic" and that's the most that anyone can hope for Angelica, the newborn who died after being lit afire on a Burlington County roadside. Baby Angelica's mother, Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier, 22, appeared in Burlington County Superior Court yesterday via video monitor from prison to face murder charges, politely answering the judge's questions with a series of "Yes, your honor," but shedding no light on the crime of which she is accused. On Friday night, Dorvilier allegedly wrapped her newborn daughter - umbilical cord and placenta still attached - in a towel and papers and set her on fire along a stretch of Simontown Road in Pemberton Township, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
January 21, 2015 |
A candlelight vigil will be held Wednesday night at a Browns Mills church to mourn for a baby killed when her mother allegedly doused her with an accelerant and set her afire. The mother, Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier, was arrested Friday night and charged with murdering her newborn. Dorvilier, 22, of Pemberton Township, is in the Burlington County Minimum Security Facility with bail set at $500,000, and will have her first court appearance Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. Richard Esher, who heads the Browns Mills United Methodist Church, said a resident who is grieving the loss of his own baby had approached him about hosting the vigil.
January 20, 2015 |
ALL THAT'S left is a soggy cliche, a makeshift memorial on a lonely stretch of road in New Jersey where people chuck empty beer cans into the woods without slowing down. Flowers, ribbons, police tape, an electric candle. Cheery stuffed animals that lose their charm as soon as it rains. Atop this sad totem pole, there's a white teddy bear in a ballerina outfit with the words "Camden pray for you" written across the front. Pemberton Township residents placed the items there in memory of a baby whose name they don't know.
January 19, 2015 |
Dave Joseph was sleeping Friday night when he was awakened by his mother-in-law. She told him a car was on fire outside their home in Pemberton. Joseph looked into the darkness, he said, and saw what he thought was a brushfire in front of a parked car. Then he saw a young woman. Joseph approached and the woman said she was burning a pile of dog feces. When he ordered her to stop and leave, she poured water from a plastic bottle on the pile. That's when Joseph's wife, standing behind him, heard a baby cry. And Joseph discovered one of the most disturbing sights he has ever seen: An infant on fire.
January 17, 2015 |
Susan Wallace is used to sad stories. An analyst for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, she reviews the reports that health-care facilities must regularly submit to the state, describing unfortunate events from bedsores to surgeries on the wrong knee. As disturbing as it is to read about these incidents, she said, few have affected her as deeply as the one she came across a little more than a year ago. A mother fell asleep while breast-feeding her newborn. "Sometime later," the hospital reported, "the mother called the nurse, who found the baby blue and unresponsive.
October 17, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Before the end of the year, hospitals in Pennsylvania will be required to test newborns for certain rare disorders where early detection could help save lives. Gov. Corbett on Wednesday signed a bill to expand newborn screenings to include six disorders. "We owe these children and their families a fighting chance," Corbett said at a news conference in the Capitol. The bill signing came amid a busy end-of-session legislative schedule. The General Assembly sent to Corbett's desk a child-protection bill that would prevent school employees in Pennsylvania who have been caught having sexual relationships with students from being hired by another school.
September 19, 2014 |
HER LIFE WAS short, but little Nicoletta Rose had an impact on many. An outpouring of support continued Thursday for the baby girl who died Monday after being delivered by emergency C-section after her mother was struck by a stray bullet that later killed her. As of Thursday night, an online donation fund set up by a family friend had raised nearly $6,000 - surpassing its initial $2,000 goal - to help cover funeral expenses for Nicoletta and...
September 16, 2014 |
EXACTLY A MONTH from today, 26-year-old Megan Doto was due to give birth. A baby boy, the petite, dark-haired mother-to-be gushed to friends and her neighbors in Frankford. She'd name the baby Carmine, she wrote on Facebook, proudly posting photos of her round belly. Yesterday, as Doto sat outside on her block of Adams Avenue near Griscom Street, soaking in a late-summer day under crystal-blue skies just before noon, that dream of raising baby Carmine was violently torn from the young mother.
July 5, 2014 |
Pennsylvania has joined most states in requiring that newborns have their blood oxygen levels measured - a simple test that allows doctors to catch rare heart defects missed during prenatal screening. The test, known as pulse oximetry, consists of placing a small sensor on the infant's foot. It is common practice at birthing hospitals, but was not mandated in Pennsylvania. On Wednesday, Gov. Corbett signed the requirement, which takes effect in 90 days. Physicians say the test can detect problems while newborns are still in the hospital, in case they need surgery.