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March 11, 2006

Lifesaving mugging?

An item on the news has caught my eye and my imagination. A 97 year old woman was attacked by a 17 year old who attempted to steal her hand bag. In the assault he flung her to the ground and made off causing her to lose her bag and to suffer some minor injuries. At the time of the attack he was high on cocaine and had been egged on to attack his victim by his "friends" and his need to get money to buy more drugs.

Ironically, as a result of the check she received in the hospital, the lady was diagnosed as having a Deep Vein Thrombosis and received emergency treatment which has saved her life. In essence the mugging probably saved her dying of the usual outcome of a DVT - pulmonary embolis, a fatal condition arising when a part of the clot breaks loose and lodges in the main arteries to the lungs. Understandably the lady is grateful.

Unfortunately that leaves the larger issue unresolved. The youth's cocaine habit. He is now serving a four year sentence in a Young Offender's Institute, which we can only hope will provide an opportunty to wean him off the drugs and give him some hope of a future. Sadly, I doubt it will successfully deliver either.

Posted by The Gray Monk at March 11, 2006 08:27 AM

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