Friday, July 25, 2008

Starlight wishes in Whistler


Starlight wishes in Whistler

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Brigitte Mah
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Looking at Briana Butcher, one wouldn’t know that she has a serious illness. She has a beautiful shy smile, and a soft demeanour that most 10-year-old girls on the cusp of adolescence have.

One wouldn’t know that underneath that smile is a ripple of pain that constantly throbs throughout the lower half of her body.

A year ago Briana was just like every other girl in her class at school. She played soccer, ran around, and had fun. Then a hockey injury sent her to the hospital with her mother, Kathryn, believing she had broken her leg. What Kathryn learned was that her daughter had a rare condition called complex regional pain syndrome.

Briana’s soccer days came to a grinding halt. Within two weeks of entering the hospital she was crawling and bound to a wheelchair. Just putting on socks was extraordinarily painful. Blankets hurt as well.

Kathryn had to quit her job to take care of Briana, who spent the months of August to November at Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. Fortunately the Squamish community stepped in, with the firefighters putting on a fundraiser for the Butcher family, and the Valleycliffe Elementary School raising $2,000 in a penny drive.

It was at the hospital that the Butchers met Heather Burnett, publicist and coordinator for the non-profit charity called Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation.

Every year, the foundation takes a group of children on a complementary day of “life brightening” adventure on the Rocky Mountaineer train, from Vancouver to Whistler.

This year Briana was among the 13 children who, along with their families, made the journey on the train up to Whistler.

The train ride was not an ordinary train ride.

“The kids had a blast on the way up,” said Burnett. “We had entertainers — there was a cartoonist who drew each kid at least twice, and Fannie who sang, did a magic show, and made animals out of balloons.”

Once the train reached Whistler, the face-painted children deboarded, and headed for the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for some ice cream. From there, it was all smiles as the group loaded onto a gondola and went to the top of Whistler mountain for a scavenger hunt.

For Briana, the trip offered her a chance to forget about the pain, therapy and medication she has to take every day. “It was the most fun we’ve had in a long time,” said Kathryn. “It was a nice break and nice not to think about anything but that.”












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Stewart thinking big on her way to the Games

Stewart thinking big on her way to the Games

Will Swanton
July 13, 2008

AN ANKLE injury led Sarah Stewart to reflex sympathetic dystrophy. The muscle-wasting condition led her to a wheelchair. The wheelchair led her to disabled basketball. Basketball led her to Athens and a bittersweet silver medal. An irrepressibly active mind led her to a PhD in philosophy. Her sport and studies led her to the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Academic and Sporting Achievement at Sydney University. A big old jet airliner will lead her to the Beijing Paralympics. Her plate is full.

"I did philosophy of mind as an undergrad thinking about minds in human beings, artificial intelligence and animals, all the similarities and differences, working out what makes up a mind," Stewart said in the quiet of the main quadrangle of Sydney University on a Friday afternoon.

"You probably think a little bit outside the square, and think pretty quickly on the go when you're a philosopher. It helps in life, it helps in sport."

Australia lost the final at Athens to the US. The 32-year-old's thoughts keep reverting to the night before the decider. She wants to be in the exact same position in Beijing as "there's nothing like the night before a gold medal match". She's bright-eyed and jovial, overflowing with laughter. The words don't seem to spill fast enough from her mouth.

"We have a running joke in the team that I'm like those telephone numbers you call when you have a question," she said. " 'Sarah, why is the grass green? Sarah, where do polar bears come from?' They're the kind of questions I get. I just find everything pretty interesting. Beijing — fascinating … All the different athletes, the different cultures, the different disabilities. People eating with their legs. The whole thing will be awesome."

Stewart, from Maroubra, teaches philosophy and maths and plays the saxophone in a band.

"When I was 17, I missed a step going down some stairs, injured my right ankle and it set off a dystrophy in my nervous system," she said.

"While I was struggling with that leg, I fractured a bone in the other leg, and the same thing was set off in that leg. Stupid, hey? I went from crutches into a chair. I can move them a bit but they're not very useful, these legs of mine. I get a lot of pain."

Why, then is the grass green?

"To photosynthesise, plants take in the energy that is emitted on the red light wavelength," she says. "The red light on the spectrum is absorbed. That means the green light reflects off and hence we see it as green. These crazy bits of info just stick in my brain."

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The RIDE TO CONQUER CRPS has begun!



The RIDE TO CONQUER CRPS has begun!

DAY 1:
The ride has started. Ahouva and I were delighted to start our ride from Marathon today. We even had a little sunshine for the pictures and I set off across the Canadian shield into the land of granite and jack pines. The Trans Canada highway was under construction and presented some problems. After 54 kilometers I had my first flat of the ride. As I stopped to replace the tire I was eaten alive by black flies. I met Ahouva for lunch at White River. Then the rain started and was with me for the rest of the day. At one point there was a downpour with hail and high winds. Luckily I was able to find some shelter and wait it out. From there on it was a wet ride but great fun. I arrived in Wawa at 6 pm after a ride of 185 km. This is a bit longer than the Tour de France stage 15 that ran today at 183 kilometers. They may have finished their stage a little faster than I did.
I was able to overcome some obstacles and reach my objective. Obstacles are not new to people living with chronic pain and they also know how to persevere and overcome these. I am inspired by their perseverance and will continue this ride for them.
Wawa is named after the Ojibway word for wild goose. To emphasize this and prove that the town was not named by a toddler, the town has at least three gigantic goose statues. It is the jumping off point for trips to the “world’s largest game preserve” the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve. Just south of Wawa is an impressive waterfall where the Magpie River, 38 meters across, falls 23 meters before emptying into Lake Superior. Worth a visit.
Tomorrow we will ride to Sault Ste. Marie, 225 kilometers by Hwy 17. We considered riding down Hwy 129, but this turned out to be a ‘haunted highway’. More about that later.









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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Spinal implant helps Marine deal with pain from Iraq injury


Spinal implant helps Marine deal with pain from Iraq injury

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Beep. Beep. Ahhh.

Bobby Joseph straightens his back, letting out a sigh of relief as electrical signals pulse through his leg, giving him respite from the piercing pain that has racked his body since Nov. 11, 2006.

"Oh, yeah," he says, grinning.

Before the surgery, 27-year-old Joseph woke up in pain every morning. Every step with his left leg brought with it a "shocking, stabbing pain." The drugs and the nerve blocks helped, but they didn't make the pain go away. Still, when Dr. Rick Foltz first proposed implanting a device in Joseph's spine to send pulses through his body, Joseph was skeptical.

"I've seen Robocop ... I was like, I don't want to be half man, half machine," he said.

Then he did the seven-day trial.

"I felt like I was Superman," he said. "I loved it. I wanted the real thing right then and there."

In early July, Foltz and another surgeon put the device in Joseph's spinal cord. Wires and electrodes send electric signals to his nerves, changing the way the pain is transmitted to the brain, Foltz said. Joseph controls the signals with a remote device, changing the pulses based on whether he is sitting, standing or walking.

"It is basically tricking your brain, so there's no pain there," Joseph said. "It is like a pulsing massage."

From machine gunner to wounded warrior

Joseph was three months into his fourth deployment, patrolling a street in Anan, Iraq, when the bomb went off. The blast blew him from the road's median, as shrapnel pierced his legs, his face, his arms.

"It ripped me apart," he said, showing off the massive scars on his left thigh and calf.

Other injuries weren't visible. In addition to the nerve damage, Joseph suffered a traumatic brain injury and has post-traumatic stress disorder.

At Bethesda Naval Hospital, Joseph didn't remember much about what had happened. But he knew he didn't want to stay. The hospital "had crappy food," and he figured his mother could take care of him at home.

In late December he got a call, telling him he needed to report back to Camp Lejeune.

"They said they had a new thing that would take care of me," he said.

He arrived at Wounded Warriors Battalion East still using crutches and occasionally an electric wheelchair. He couldn't concentrate, he couldn't sleep and he was always in pain. He rarely left his room.

"I was living miserably," he said. "I would not talk to nobody."

The only thing that made him smile was playing with his two sons. But even that was difficult.

"I (could) take them to the park, but I (was) crutching around," he said.

Joseph met a lot of doctors, but they came and went. Then he met Dr. Foltz.

"He said he'd take care of me," Joseph remembers. "I was like, 'Yeah, right.' But he did."

Road to recovery

Joseph has worked hard to recover. Sudoku and other puzzles, combined with speech therapy and cognitive therapy, have helped him get back much of the brain function he lost. The nightmares stopped in May, but he can't watch gory movies and the crack of fireworks or boom of thunder still gives him a start. He's closer, he said, but not where he'd like to be.

"You gotta crawl before you walk," Joseph said. "I'm in the process of still crawling."

Literal walking is a different challenge. Joseph suffers from complex regional pain syndrome, a syndrome in which a patient has pain that is disproportionate to the wounds. The syndrome is more common in patients with severe injuries, and Foltz said he sees more of it in wounded warriors because of their injuries.

In addition to the pain, patients may be so sensitive they can't even stand to have a bed sheet brush their leg or arm, Foltz said.

"It's very difficult to treat," Foltz said. "If we don't treat it right away, it can turn into a debilitating, long-term pain syndrome. So when the wounded warriors come back, we want to be very aggressive in the treatment, to get them better as fast as we can."

Joseph tried a number of treatments - including nine nerve blocks. At one point, he was taking 12 types of medication every day.

"I hate pills," he said. "You should only be on medication after surgery. That's why I try to stick with the Marine Corps saying: Pain is weakness leaving the body."

So Joseph tries to deal with the pain. If it becomes too much, he'll take a Tylenol. Later, if he needs it, he'll take one of the prescribed narcotics. He's seen buddies get addicted, and he doesn't want to be a "zombie."

The medications can also be very expensive, Foltz said. Just one of the pills Joseph takes costs $8 a day - or $3,000 a year. So while the implant is pricey - $25,000 to install - it can pay for itself in two or three years.

The implant does have drawbacks. There is a higher-than-normal infection rate, and sometimes the device moves. Joseph also must be able to recharge the battery - so he couldn't be deployed or out in the field for long periods of time - and can't go through metal detectors or go SCUBA diving.

But he's down to just five medications, most on an as-needed basis. And the device will allow him to use his leg more, which makes it less likely he will develop arthritis or bone loss, Foltz said, plus it will improve his quality of life.

"He will be able to play with his kids more, and that's the most important thing," he said.

Foltz came to the Naval Hospital in August to start the pain management clinic and work with wounded warriors. Joseph's is the first such surgery at Camp Lejeune, but both men hope the success will encourage other warriors with chronic pain to consider the implant.

The procedure is a last resort, a way to treat the pain syndrome when nothing else works. Right now, about 1 in 4 patients with complex regional pain syndrome end up getting the implant, and it is about 70 to 80 percent effective, Foltz said, "for a pain syndrome that has been very, very resistant to good treatment."

"It's very helpful to see good results," Foltz said. "It can be sort of scary, the treatments to these things."

Joseph plans to re-enlist and tries to help other wounded warriors, many of whom he says are focused solely on getting out of the Corps. He wants to make sure guys know that they don't have to be like he was, angry and holed up in his room.

"I'm trying to set the example," he said. "There's more choices than just hating life, trying to get out of the military."

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Missing Hudson resident found dead near Laurel Lake



Missing Hudson resident found dead near Laurel Lake


by Amadeus Smith

Reporter

Hudson -- The body of a 74-year-old man was found near Laurel Lake Retirement Community three days after he was reported missing from Laurel Lake July 18.

Hudson Police found the body of William J. Brown, 74, a resident of Laurel Lake Retirement Community, in a wooded area along the north side of Boston Mills Road a little before 8 a.m. on July 21.

Mr. Brown's body was identified using dental records, said Joe Orlando, chief investigator at the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office.

As of July 21, a cause of death had not been determined. Investigators couldn't determine if there was foul play involved, Orlando said. An autopsy was scheduled for July 22.

Mr. Brown was last seen at Laurel Lake Retirement Community July 18.

David Oster, Laurel Lake executive director, said residents and staff are "deeply saddened" by Mr. Brown's death.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and close friends of Mr. Brown during this difficult time," said Oster, who also thanked Hudson police and volunteers for helping to search for Mr. Brown.

Mr. Brown's daughter Laura, who lives in Alexandria, Va., said he was out for a walk while his house was being cleaned.

"No one saw him after that," she said.

She said her stepmother, Patricia, who went into town that day for a meeting, said she had known Mr. Brown went for a walk because the clothes he wore during his walks were missing: sunglasses, a Tilley Hat, pants, a long-sleeve shirt and his walking shoes.

Mr. Brown was not carrying a cell phone or identification, Laura said.

The city of Hudson issued a Silver Alert July 19. The alert, which Ohio introduced in late June as part of an existing emergency alert program for locating children, known as Amber Alerts, is used to help find missing persons who have mental impairment or are 65 years or older.

Mr. Brown had complex regional pain syndrome, a chronic condition that usually causes leg or arm pain, she said. For Mr. Brown, the pain occurred in his legs after walking too much.

Laura said the site where his body was found was a little farther than "people would figure he would walk."

Laura said she last talked to her father a few weeks ago to plan a trip for him to visit her in Virginia.

"I love my dad and he was a great guy," Laura said. "He was very intellectually curious."

Mr. Brown and Patricia, his wife of 22 years, moved to Laurel Lake Retirement Community from Atlanta last October.

Mr. Brown, who loved to hike, was a retired economics professor. He had a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, a master's degree from the University of Chicago and a doctorate degree from New York University.

He wrote finance textbooks for McGraw-Hill and worked as a professor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., among other schools. In addition, Brown worked for a year at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. There, he developed a formula to predict bank failures.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Pain doesn't sideline determined animal lover

07/07/2008
Pain doesn't sideline determined animal lover
By Pamela Mcloughlin , Register Staff

BETHANY — Judy Rettig's name has long been synonymous with animal rescue and care, first as animal control officer in West Haven, then for the Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge animal control district.

But these days, although she still helps animals any way she can, Rettig's name has been attached to something less cheerful - a nerve disease that causes such debilitating pain its sufferers can lose the will to live.

Rettig developed reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a chronic neurological syndrome which often appears after an injury or surgery, after she slipped on ice and broke a leg at the animal shelter.

The strongest painkillers available do little to dull the pain. Rettig wears a special boot on her affected leg because even a bed sheet brushing across it is excruciating. The vibrations from a loud sound can send her reeling.

"This disease is very complicated," Rettig said. "Every minute of my life, it's like my leg just broke. ...You learn to make friends with your pain."

At one point Rettig became so discouraged, she considered giving up the fight. But the same determination that made her crawl into sewer pipes to free trapped dogs or carry a 90-pound Labrador retriever down a rescue ladder kicked in, and she went into fighting mode.

On June 22, she joined the RSD team as part of the sixth annual Achilles Hope and Possibility 5-mile run/walk in New York City's Central Park. The event raises money for the Reflex Sympathethic Dystrophy Syndrome Association, headquartered in Milford.

Unable to walk, Rettig made the journey in a wheelchair, pushed by her partner of 30 years, Christine Santoro, and other friends.

They named Rettig's group, "Team Monk," after television's fictional detective, Adrian Monk. Monk's character has obsessive compulsive disorder, which acts as both a curse and a blessing, because while it creates barriers, it also helps him solve cases.

Rettig is very organized, clean and particular, qualities revealed in the immaculate way she kept the shelters she managed, and her house at a time when she had more than a dozen dogs there.

"It was really wonderful," Rettig said of the walk, noting that many participants were Iraq War vets with missing limbs. The event also included groups raising money for other causes.

"When I look at life around me, I still feel very lucky," she said.

James W. Broatch, executive director of RSDSA, said they had more participants than ever in this year's walk. Although the total has not yet been tallied, and donations are still coming in, Broatch said he hopes it raised at least $60,000, 90 percent of which will go directly to research. Participants, including RSD sufferers and their family and friends, came from as far away as Colorado and Florida.

"It was a day filled with hope," Broatch said.

Hope is what gets many people through RSD, an "under recognized disease," Broatch said.

RSD affects between 200,000 and 1.2 million Americans.

Rettig was replaced as animal control officer because there was no sign of her recovery, although RSD can go into remission. Because there is no cure for the disease, remission is her only hope. The disease or pain can travel to other limbs, and did in Rettig's case.

Still young and driven to help animals as well as people, Rettig hopes someday to get a version of her old life back. There's nothing she'd rather be doing than chasing dogs and cats or helping rebuild areas of the nation affected by hurricanes, floods or other natural disasters, Rettig said.

Donations for RSD research in Rettig's name can be sent to: RSDSA, P.O. Box 502, Milford, CT. 06460 or made by visiting the website, www.RSDS.org.












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Friday, July 11, 2008

Gambling on experimental treatment for pain




Gambling on experimental treatment for pain

01:00 AM EDT on Friday, July 11, 2008
By Richard C. Dujardin

Journal Staff Writer

NORTH PROVIDENCE — He’s only hours away now from embarking on a trip many hope will give him his life back and free him from excruciating pain.

For Matthew Irving, the 21-year-old former North Providence honor student, who has become the focus of so many prayers these days, tonight’s flight from Boston to Germany will be far from routine.

He has reached the point, family members say, where the pain racing up from the base of his spine has been relentless. He has become so sensitive to light, sound and touch, they say, that even the sound of light music is painful to his ears, requiring him to lie motionless in a darkened room.

Two days ago, Matthew’s mother, Nancy, was still reflecting on the generosity of the many people who have been donating and raising money to help her son undergo experimental treatments at a hospital in Germany that have helped others with a similar condition go back to living pain-free lives. But she received a disconcerting call from the neurologist who has been treating Matthew for the last two years.

Dr. Robert Schwartzman, of the Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, said that because of Matthew’s worsening condition, the family and the airline would need to work out a way to get Matthew to Germany on a stretcher — or if not a stretcher, a seat that would allow him to completely recline.

By the end of the day, she and her husband Russell resigned themselves to the trip costing far more than the $75,000 they thought. The flight alone, Mrs. Irving said, could cost $51,000, bringing the total to as much as $125,000.

“We’re still waiting for final confirmation from the airline,” said Matthew’s mother. “You just try to roll with the punches.”

Many individuals diagnosed with RSD/CRPS (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) aren’t sure how they got it.

But Matthew, whose pain has become so severe that he has only been able to speak in soft whispers, was always able to pinpoint the day: July 24, 2003. That’s the day that Matthew, an altar boy for eight years at Mary, Mother of Mankind, Church, and a karate enthusiast who had spent seven years attempting to master tae kwon do, went to Boston Children’s Hospital for minor surgery on his foot.

Immediately after surgery, he knew that there was something terribly wrong. Sharp pain traveled up his leg, and, as weeks went by, the pain shot up from his other leg as well, and then up to his arms and ultimately his whole body. By October, doctors were able to put a name to what he was experiencing, RSD/CRPS Type II. It results from major nerve damage — traced to the severing of a nerve during the operation on his foot.

Although the pain was excruciating, it did not take over his entire body for another two years, which meant that Matthew could continue classes at North Providence High School, where he had been a member of the Science Olympiad and Academic Decathlon.

His mother remembers the standing ovation that he got from fellow students on graduation night three years ago when he stepped from his wheelchair and walked several steps to accept his diploma.

She says her son took a definite turn for the worse six months ago. Matthew wrote, “I experience pins and needles episodes from the waist up…

“The ones in my face, neck and head are extremely intense and almost unbearable. These are brought on every time that I eat or drink.”

His parents say his pain is such that it will often take him three to four hours to fall asleep, and that when he does, it is only for brief naps. They say that while it was previously possible to interview their son — he struggled through one sentence a couple months ago — it is no longer possible because of his condition. He shares a room with his 20-year-old brother, Daniel, and has a buzzer nearby to summon his mother if he needs her. She says even eating and drinking is painful for him now, and she tries to keep him nourished with “soft” foods such as yogurt or soft scrambled eggs.

“He told me one thing that keeps him going is faith in God.”

That, and the belief that the experimental treatment in Germany will lead to a cure. The treatment is not allowed in this country, the parents say, because the FDA does not allow patients to be deliberately placed in comas for more than two days. The treatment in Saarbrueken, Germany, involves putting the patient in a coma for five to seven days, during which the body is filled with massive amount of ketamine in an attempt to “reboot” the body system.

Dr. Schwartzman has written that of the 41 patients he has sent to Germany, 14 came back pain free and have remained free for five years, while others have come back with their pain reduced.

In North Providence, towns-people have taken Matthew’s battle to heart. A large sign at the Getty gas station on Mineral Spring Avenue urges people to “Help Matthew” and to visit the Web site, www.setmattfreeofrsd.com. Last week, the Recreation Department raised $1,800 for Matthew’s treatment from a swim meet and firefighters raised $1,115 last weekend selling hot dogs at Governor Notte Park.

Some $43,000 has been raised thus far and more is anticipated. Tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., all proceeds from the mini-golf and pitch & putt courses at the Atlantic Gold Center at 754 Newport Ave., South Attleboro, will go toward Matthew’s Medical Fund, and Mary, Mother of Mankind, Church will hold a pasta dinner in support of Matthew from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the church hall.

Another big event is a concert at the high school football field planned by the North Providence Taxpayers Association on Aug. 24. Kenny Cicerone says bands from Rhode Island and Boston, celebrities, comedians and others have signed up, all for the purpose of helping Matthew.

Nancy Irving says the family has gotten e-mails and donations from the most unexpected places, including Ireland and Australia, and she was initially surprised by the “phenomenal number of people who have reached out with their hearts.”

But the more she thought about it, she said, she wasn’t so surprised because “there are more good people than bad people in this world.”

She said the family will attempt to keep people updated through daily reports on their Web site.

Donations may be sent to the Matthew Irving RSD Medical Fund, c/o Sovereign Bank, Attn: Suzanne Hebert, 1025 Smith St., Providence, RI 02908.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Jury Awards $6M to Woman Injured in Stumble by Allegedly Drunk Doctor

Jury Awards $6M to Woman Injured in Stumble by Allegedly Drunk Doctor


BOSTON — A Springfield woman who claimed her doctor permanently injured her after he fell on her during a drunken stumble has been awarded $6 million.

Elizabeth Nelligan, 24, sued Dr. Mark Radzicki in 2005, claiming that during a social visit to his house, Radzicki broke her foot after he knocked her over while he was intoxicated. On Monday, a jury in Hampden Superior Court in Springfield awarded Nelligan $5 million. An additional $1 million in interest was awarded by the court.

Radzicki was Nelligan's primary care physician when she and her mother went to his house for dinner in January 2005. Nelligan's mother was dating Radzicki at the time.

In her negligence lawsuit, Nelligan said Radzicki became intoxicated, then staggered, stepped onto her right foot, lost his balance and fell on her. Nelligan said she was knocked to the floor, with her foot underneath her.

Her attorney, Charlotte Glinka, said X-rays taken the next day did not show a broken bone, but follow up X-rays several weeks later showed a healing fracture in her foot. The injury developed into a condition known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, or RSD, a chronic neurological syndrome with symptoms including severe burning pain, tissue swelling and increased sensitivity to touch. Entertainer Paula Abdul has said she was diagnosed with RSD in 2004.

Glinka said Nelligan, who was a college student when she was injured, has suffered nearly constant pain since and was forced to drop out of school for two years to manage it. She said Nelligan, who returned to college last fall, abandoned plans to go to medical school because she believes her pain would make it impossible for her to handle the demands of being a doctor.

"What the jury heard was that she could live another 50-plus years and she will always have this," Glinka said. "It can wax and wane, and it can be better at times and worse at times, but it will always be there."

During the trial, Radzicki denied Nelligan's claim that he was drunk. Radzicki, a general practitioner in Springfield, could not be reached for comment on the jury's verdict. Messages left for him Wednesday at his office were not immediately returned. His attorney, Timothy Netkovick, also did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Glinka said Nelligan had surgery to implant a spinal stimulator, which has relieved some of the pain from her condition, also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Nelligan still takes pain and antidepressant medication, Glinka said.








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