October 23, 2012
At game's end, Kyle Kauffman scooped up the soccer ball at his feet at midfield, trotted over to the grandstand and, with a stage actor's aplomb, bowed to the crowd. Five hundred people, including Kauffman's parents, stood and cheered the college senior, who had fought through a lifelong neurological and physical disability - cerebral palsy - to play 18 long minutes in Stevenson's 2-0 victory over visiting Hood (3-10-2, 0-8 Middle Atlantic Conference) on Tuesday night. "This is something I will always remember," Kauffman said.
October 22, 2012
For Kyle Kauffman, cerebral palsy is a hurdle, not a wall. He has a high school diploma, a Facebook account and a dorm room at Stevenson, where he majors in public history and manages the men's soccer team. "Soccer is probably the most beautiful sport there is," said Kauffman, of Lancaster, Pa. But for his physical disability, he would have played the game. Tuesday night, when Stevenson hosts Hood at 7 p.m., Kauffman will get that chance. To honor their manager, the Mustangs will suit him up, introduce him with the starters and play the 21-year-old senior at forward for the first few minutes of the game.
August 4, 2012
Maryland's medical community is concerned about the potential fallout from two multimillion-dollar malpractice judgments awarded by Baltimore juries to families who blamed local hospitals where their babies were delivered for their children's disabilities. Doctors and hospital officials worry that juries, particularly in Baltimore City, are making decisions out of sympathy for sick patients rather than science. In the process, physicians said, these decisions may create an unrealistic benchmark for what future juries are willing to award — and lawyers are willing to seek — in such cases.
July 31, 2012
For the second time this summer, a local family has been awarded a huge sum of money by a Baltimore jury after claiming that negligent care by a local hospital caused their child to be born with a disability. A jury Tuesday awarded $21 million to a Glen Burnie couple whose son was born prematurely with cerebral palsy at Harbor Hospital in 2002, and is now, at age 9, "literally trapped inside his body" with a fully functioning mind but a severely disabled body, according to a family attorney.
July 19, 2012
My son Brent, who is 22, is a quadriplegic living with cerebral palsy and osteoporosis. Brent and I wanted to let you know how thankful we are for the recent outpouring of love and support coming from our Laurel community. We are writing this letter to "thank" our Laurel community for embracing us. We live on Laurel Avenue and have lived in our home since 1995. The house is on one level about 890 square feet and not accessible to Brent who is in an electric wheelchair. He is unable to access the bathroom, kitchen and limited space in his bedroom.
June 26, 2012
After hours of labor, Enso Martinez cried as his wife, Rebecca Fielding, was carried from their Waverly home on a stretcher en route to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Fielding, who had wanted to deliver her baby at home with the help of a midwife, assured her husband that everything would be OK. But she never expected to wait more than two hours for an emergency Caesarean section after being rushed to the hospital by ambulance that morning in March 2010. If a team of doctors and nurses had performed the surgery earlier, Martinez and Fielding contend, their son, Enzo, would now be a normal 2-year-old boy practicing new words and toddling across the floor.