August 23, 2015 |
A distraught medical student rushed over to me during a sick clinic usually devoted to fairly benign matters such as colds and minor rashes. "I think something is really wrong with this patient", the student told me. "He can't walk. " The 10-year-old in the exam room had suddenly lost the use of his legs for no apparent reason. His father and uncle carried him into our waiting room, with his mother and aunt by his side. "He was fine yesterday - then, this morning, he couldn't walk," the boy's father told me. I quickly glanced at the child and saw he was coherent and in no apparent pain.
March 2, 2015 |
HIS PHONE buzzed and "Patrick" popped up on the screen. Shawn Cannon already had a pit in his stomach. It was 4:30 last Monday afternoon. It was too early. His son, Patrick, wasn't finished hockey practice for another hour. His fear was confirmed upon answering, when a voice other than his son was on the other end. "It was Shane, my son's teammate, telling me that Patrick got hurt in practice. He didn't say how bad, but I could tell it was serious," Shawn Cannon said. "An ambulance was already at the rink.
July 21, 2014 |
With a hoist and a sudden mechanical groan, Dan Webb, 44, stands up in the rehabilitation gym at MossRehab in Elkins Park, grinning from ear to ear. You might say standing is not such a big deal, unless, like Webb, who fell from a tree stand while bowhunting in 2010 and suffered incomplete paralysis of the lower half of his body, you've spent a year of your life in a wheelchair. In his case, it's a very big deal indeed. And Webb, of Warminster - who has been working with exoskeleton technology for two years at MossRehab - can do more than stand.
July 20, 2014 |
Molly was a feisty dog until one day last August, when the 7-year-old puggle's spunk came to an abrupt halt. She vomited once in the morning. Three hours later, she lost the ability to support herself on her hind legs; within an hour, all four limbs stopped working altogether. "She was completely paralyzed and flat as a pancake," recalled her owner, Becky Sitarchuk of Philadelphia. Right away, the Sitarchuks took Molly to the veterinarian near their Lewes, Del., vacation home.
November 22, 2013 |
TONY WILLIAMS wasn't about to let a little thing like being paralyzed from the neck down keep him from having a full and productive life. Tony not only overcame his own disability, but he helped others who were also afflicted cope with their conditions. Anthony Eric Williams, an accountant and Navy veteran whose life was forever changed about 25 years ago when he was shot in the neck during a robbery, died Nov. 11 of heart failure. He was 52 and lived in Wynnefield. Former Gov. Tom Ridge appointed Tony to the board of the Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council, of which he served twice as chairman.
April 5, 2013 |
Unless he can quickly raise $270,000, a Saudi man will soon face court-ordered surgical paralysis from the waist down, Amnesty International reports. Justice in Saudi Arabia in the 21st Century still revolves around the principle of lex talionis , better known to Westerners as "an eye for an eye. " The case stems from 2003, when, Ali al-Khawahir, then 14, stabbed a friend in the back. The crime caused al-Khawahir's friend to be paralyzed from the waist down. Finding him guilty in the assault, the court in the town of Al-Ahsa sentenced al-Khawahir to "qisas" - retribution - or pay the victims's family one million Saudi riyals in "blood money.
January 26, 2013 |
A Camden man purposely shot his 11-year-old daughter in the face late Thursday, and the child might be paralyzed, authorities said Friday. The shooting occurred about 9:30 in a rowhouse on the 1300 block of Thurman Street in the Whitman Park section. The girl was in critical but stable condition at Cooper University Hospital on Friday. "It was not an accident. He pointed the gun at her face and pulled the trigger," said Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
October 3, 2012 |
There's an old saying that liberals will support intervention in a foreign conflict as long as nothing resembling national interest is at stake. If the cause is purely humanitarian - if the refinement of American morality is the only possible benefit - liberals just might back military force to help a starved, invaded, or otherwise oppressed people. Which brings me to the baffling subject of Syria. Like many observers of the Obama administration, I've been confused by its unwillingness to take even relatively modest steps to bring about a decisive end to the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
July 31, 2012 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I find that when someone I care about comes to me stressed out or needing support, I am woefully inept. I am adept at helping out financially or planning out something they need to be done, but if they need me to say something supportive or just be there, I feel empty. I feel myself stressing with them and getting panicky - and if it's someone very much involved in my life, like partner or parent, I feel guilty, like I am responsible.
July 6, 2012 |
WHEN PRESIDENT Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, many Americans, including some who voted for him, scratched their heads. Only a few years removed from the Illinois state Senate, our newly minted leader had won the Humanitarian Oscar for playing a bit role. He wasn't Bill Clinton, who'd seen the carnage in Bosnia and (finally) used the full force of NATO air strikes to stanch the flow of Muslim blood. He wasn't George W. Bush, who spent millions of dollars to eliminate AIDS in Africa.