May 8, 2015 |
DR. MELISSA Ketunuti spent the last moments of her life in her damp, concrete-floored basement, begging for mercy as a killer strangled the life out of her. That's what Assistant District Attorney Peter Lim told a jury yesterday during his impassioned opening statement at the trial of Jason Smith, 39. Smith is accused of killing Ketunuti, a promising doctor at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, in a fit of rage and then setting her body...
May 7, 2015 |
RACERS HAVE plenty to focus on during a 10-mile run. How to keep a man's heart beating and lungs pumping isn't usually one of them. But that's exactly what a group of about 12 health-care workers competing in the Broad Street Run went through on Sunday when one of their own collapsed right in front of them. Thanks to their efforts, that 31-year-old man is alive today. After seeing their colleague off in an ambulance, those lifesavers all went on to finish the race. "People stopped out of the kindness of their hearts as soon as he went down," said Kristen, a physician's assistant who didn't want her last name published.
February 8, 2015 |
After breast-feeding her baby for several weeks, a young mother began to worry about how often he was spitting up. It was her first child, so she had no experience to help her gauge whether the amount and frequency were normal. She consulted friends, how-to books, and her pediatrician. All were reassuring. During the first few months of life, about half of all babies have gastroesophageal reflux or infant reflux. The small valve that acts as a flap to keep the contents of the stomach from rising into the esophagus is not completely developed.
May 9, 2014 |
James V. Mackell "was a familiar sight, on the hard sand, at low tide," running on the beach at Stone Harbor, N.J., his son Thomas said. Dr. Mackell was a quarter-miler in high school and college, but on the sands he usually ran about three miles. Every day. Into his 90s. "I ran with him 20 years ago," Thomas Mackell said, "and he blew my doors in. " Thomas was in his 40s at that time, his father in his 70s. On Saturday, May 3, Dr. Mackell, 94, of Stone Harbor, former chairman of the pediatrics department at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook, died at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House.
December 19, 2013 |
Richard T. Ellison Jr., 90, of Abington, a longtime pediatrician in Montgomery County, died Saturday, Dec. 14, of lymphoma at Rydal Park. Dr. Ellison graduated from St. George's School, Newport, R.I., in 1941, and earned a bachelor's degree in 1947 from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his medical degree at the University of Virginia in 1952 and served an internship at Abington Memorial Hospital, followed by a pediatric residency at St. Christopher's Hospital from 1953 to 1955.
September 9, 2013 |
"Not again," he thought as he started to get a sore throat on a rainy October afternoon. The 7-year-old knew what to expect. His knees would start to ache and soon he would be burning with a high fever. He dreaded taking his temperature and watching his mother's eyes widen as the probe raced through the normal range to reach 102, 103, 104, and sometimes even 105 degrees Fahrenheit. As though on cue, he awoke the next morning to find his knees and ankles were bothering him and he had a high fever.
July 30, 2013 |
Tajinae is a slender 13-year-old with a beautiful smile, sparkling brown eyes, and a great sense of humor. Although she has just entered her teen years, she is already thinking about the future. Her plans include going to college and then pursuing a medical career. She has always loved babies and hopes to become a pediatrician. Until then, Tajinae keeps busy with a variety of activities. Very athletic, she enjoys playing basketball and football. Another favorite activity is shopping for clothes and jewelry.
May 30, 2013 |
A pediatrician with the Nemours Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children in Wilmington has been arrested and charged with attempted homicide in the shooting of her former companion during a custody exchange Monday. Lauren Patricia Daly, 41, of Middletown Township, Delaware County, allegedly fired three shots through the windshield of a car, hitting her former companion, a 49-year-old woman from Wynnewood. An 11-year-old boy was sitting in the front seat at the time, and a 9-year-old girl was outside the car, according to police.
May 5, 2013 |
One in an occasional series on attempts to solve a medical mystery. 'I can't move my head" was the first thing our 2-year-old daughter, Sarah, said to me on a cold wintry morning several years ago, as she awakened from a deep sleep. Instinctively, I felt her forehead. Her skin was on fire. I was a second-year pediatric resident at the time. Our training prepared us to consider the worst first, and then to work backward to the probable. "Meningitis, encephalitis, septic shock!
April 30, 2013 |
Joseph F. Hennessey, 75, of Huntingdon Valley, a pediatrician in Philadelphia for almost four decades, died Monday, April 22, of heart failure at the Regional Hospital of Scranton. Dr. Hennessey was known for his care and compassion for children, his patients, and their families, his children said. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of J. Edward and Helen Golan Hennessey. She died when Dr. Hennessey was a boy; his father then married Catherine Gillern Hennessey. Dr. Hennessey graduated in 1955 from Scranton Preparatory School and four years later from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.