November 10, 2015 |
ROBERT SHEDRICK returned from Vietnam in 1972 shaken and confused. He doesn't like talking about a tour there with the Marines when he lost several of his comrades, or about how he became homeless in 1995, or how he later lost his legs years after drinking water polluted with dry-cleaning fluid and benzene at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. "It was hell in Vietnam," Shedrick, 68, said yesterday across from Independence Hall, where he watched participants arrive at the end of Philly's first Veterans Day parade.
June 16, 2013 |
Serenely unaware of her star status, Audrey Rose Oberio nestled in the crook of her father's arm before going home last week from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Months earlier, surgeons had closed a hole in her spine, a defect called spina bifida. With her delivery May 28, the hospital celebrated the arrival of its 1,000th fetal-surgery patient - and the power of diagnosing and treating birth defects in the womb. "When you hit a milestone like this, you tend to be reflective," said Scott Adzick, the pioneering surgeon who in 1995 established Children's Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment.
March 12, 2013 |
At 14, Noah Kipfmiller has begun to think about what he'd like to be when he grows up. "Kind of like a video game designer," said the Bay City, Mich., eighth grader. He does not ponder his distinction as the world's first person to have had successful fetal surgery for a devastating spinal cord birth defect. "I have a scrapbook," his mother, Mellissa, said of the hoopla surrounding her son's 1998 birth. "I showed it to Noah. He's just not that into it yet. " Although Noah may not appreciate it, he is a measure of the success - and the implacable limits - of fetal surgery for severe spina bifida, which only recently ceased to be deemed experimental.
November 30, 2011 |
CHICAGO - Dignitaries from the highest ranks of government grieved alongside ordinary citizens yesterday as the woman who served as Chicago's first lady for 22 years was remembered as an inspiration to cancer patients and a passionate woman who helped shape the identity of this tough, but sentimental city. Hundreds gathered inside one of Chicago's oldest churches for Maggie Daley's funeral Mass, while others stood outside, listening to the service over a loudspeaker. The wife of former Mayor Richard Daley died Thursday after a long fight with breast cancer.
February 10, 2011 |
Children who received fetal surgery to correct the most severe form of spina bifida were far more likely to walk as toddlers than those who had surgery after birth, concluded a new study led by researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The seven-year study confirmed some of the highest hopes of believers in the procedure, once thought to be speculative. It also raises new questions, including how to improve results while lessening risks for the mother and baby.
December 17, 2010 |
Gerard C. Benene, 64, a prizewinning Inquirer photographer and photo editor, died of kidney failure Wednesday, Dec. 15, at Vitas Hospice in Stratford. He had lived in Blackwood. Mr. Benene joined The Inquirer as a copy boy while in high school and then worked in the photo lab. He was a staff photographer from 1972 to 1982, when he became a photo editor. He retired in 2005. In 1973, he won several spot-news awards for a jarring photo of a wounded police officer, shot by another policeman who injured a second officer before killing himself.
September 7, 2009 |
When he was 8, he was playing wheelchair basketball. By 10, he was the youngest competitor in the Marine Corps Marathon, riding alongside his dad, so he wouldn't get bumped. But that took a different kind of courage. Last week Kevin Smiley spent several days procrastinating before he showed up in Center City with his sign of the times. He faced the morning rush at 16th and Market in a shirt and tie, a giant placard resting on the arms of his hand-pushed chair: His first day, Monday, the aspiring sportswriter kept his sign and his chin up for three hours, gave away six or seven resumés, and left feeling as if he'd proven something to himself.
March 5, 2008 |
Jonathan Lucks, 25, of Malvern, a research assistant, died of blood clots Feb. 27 at George Washington University Hospital in Washington. Mr. Lucks was born with spina bifida, which left his spinal cord incompletely developed. His legs were paralyzed, and he moved with the use of heavy braces and crutches. He rarely used a wheelchair, said his mother, Mary. He preferred to be treated like everyone else, even if it meant pushing himself up steps with a heavy backpack, she said.
January 23, 2008 |
Kaitlyn Willard always envisioned going somewhere with her athletic prowess. The Upper Darby High senior has spina bifida. It is a birth defect, depending on the type, that affects the development of the spinal cord and results in some degree of paralysis. Even with her condition, Willard is having her dream fulfilled. Willard will attend the University of Alabama on a partial athletic scholarship in September to play for the Crimson Tide's women's wheelchair basketball team. She's scheduled to sign her scholarship in February for a basketball scholarship, which covers 5 years.
October 16, 2007 |
Tengion Inc., an East Norriton start-up developing regenerated human organs, said yesterday that it had raised $33 million from private-equity investors. The company earlier had raised $89 million in venture capital. Tengion's first product is a replacement human bladder constructed from a patient's own cells. The replacement bladders are now being evaluated in two midstage Phase 2 trials in 10 children with defective bladders attributed to spina bifida and in 10 adults with spinal-cord injury.