August 21, 2016 |
Earlier this month, health officials confirmed what they had hoped to never see again in Nigeria: two cases of wild poliovirus. The country had been polio-free for two years. These cases were in a region where raids by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram and battles with the Nigerian army have made it difficult to vaccinate children, many of whom have been forced from their homes. In recent years, polio workers have been targeted by rebels. Nine were killed in Nigeria in 2013.
January 1, 2016
By Steve Young Huzzah! The long, dark night that was 2015 is almost over. The past year produced as much delight as former Eagles coach Chip Kelly might get from finding out his new roommate is sports radio talker Angelo Cataldi. Yet despite the mass shootings, the bombings, and the possible banning of 5-year-old Muslims from entering the country, take heart and a deep breath. Before Muslim countries threaten to ban all Republicans, we can grow from 2015's difficulties. Adversity can be a stepping stone to something better.
August 11, 2015 |
Eleanor "Pattie" Burns, 94, a longtime resident of Center City who devoted her life to caring for children after her own childhood was sidelined by polio, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She had been living at St. Monica Manor in Philadelphia. During the 1970s and 1980s, Miss Burns was a familiar figure in Rittenhouse Square, where she could be seen in animated conversation with a child as she wheeled a stroller or led a toddler through the park.
December 19, 2014 |
AL FERGUSON was an exuberant and excitable sports fan. During one of the Flyers' runs for the Stanley Cup in the 1970s, he got so excited watching a game on TV that he leaped up and knocked a tile out of the ceiling. It's not recorded what his wife thought of that mishap, but Al treated it with his usual good humor. "That didn't stop the excitement of the game," his family said. "Instead, it was something to laugh about. " Alfred F. Ferguson, who overcame polio as a child; a lifelong civil servant, holding important positions in state and federal agencies; a devotee of the Jersey Shore and all its delights; and a loyal family man, died Dec. 13 after a long battle with cancer.
September 12, 2014 |
* THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY. 8 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 20, WHYY12. GEOFFREY C. Ward went into his interview with filmmaker Ken Burns determined to hold it together on camera. But as the biographer and longtime Burns collaborator speaks about Franklin D. Roosevelt being stricken with polio in 1921, for the fourth installment of PBS' "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," he appears a bit choked up. "It produces terror," says Ward in one of the most moving passages of the series, which premieres Sunday and runs for 14 hours over seven nights.
September 3, 2014 |
Caroline Anderson Burnett, 97, formerly of Swarthmore, a polio survivor who defied doctors' predictions that she would never walk again or have a child, died Monday, Aug. 25, of causes related to aging at her home at Kendal at Longwood. "My mom faced life's challenges with bravery, dignity, tenacity, and good humor," said her daughter, Betsy Burnett. Mrs. Burnett grew up during the Great Depression, attended Douglass College on a full scholarship, and married in 1946 when Lucian Burnett returned from World War II. In 1953, tragedy struck.
May 6, 2014 |
SPRINTER MEL PATTON, who set the world record of 9.3 seconds in the 100-yard dash in 1948, told Sports Illustrated that the man who would beat it would be "tall and strong and quick, a young giant with the reflexes of a cat. " Along came Frank Budd of Villanova University, hardly a giant at 5-10, 172 pounds. He may have been quick, but you could have fooled the coaches. He never seemed to be in a hurry, and had a "who, me worry?" approach to life. "He just hustles along," a Sports Illustrated columnist wrote in 1961.
December 27, 2013 |
GAZIANTEP, Turkey - Just when you thought you had the measure of the war crimes in Syria, the Assad regime goes one worse. The Syrian government is blocking efforts to distribute polio vaccine to children in opposition-controlled areas, who are the most endangered after an outbreak in October. More shocking, the United Nations and the international community are bowing to Assad and failing to get the vaccine to the children. This timidity could spark a polio epidemic throughout the Mideast.
August 2, 2013 |
DOROTHY ANN Richardson was not about to let a childhood bout with polio keep her from a fulfilling life. Although she was not as quick on her feet as her contemporaries, Dorothy held numerous jobs, raised three children, was a pillar of her church and was famous for her cheerful disposition and love of a good joke. She died July 24 of heart disease at the age of 74. She lived in Southwest Philadelphia. Dorothy was a daughter of the South and brought her talent for soul-food cooking with her when she moved to Philadelphia.
April 15, 2013 |
Hilary Koprowski, a virologist and former director of the Wistar Institute who developed the first polio vaccine and helped improve the rabies vaccine for humans, has died. Koprowski, who was 96 and had been in declining health in recent months, died Thursday of pneumonia at his home in Wynnewood, according to his son Christopher Koprowski, chief of radiation oncology at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at the Christiana Care Health System. "Hilary Koprowski left an enduring mark on medical science and the health of humankind, and his many accomplishments serve as a testament to his legacy," said Russel E. Kaufman, president and chief executive officer of the Wistar Institute.