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February 16, 2006

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Mentally ill suspects face a cruel double standard
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When a bank robber gets wounded in a shootout, he gets taken to the hospital. Nobody expects doctors, much less law enforcement officers, to stanch bleeding, remove bullets or perform surgery in a cell.

Research shows promise for stopping progression of bipolar disorder
Changes in the brain that are important indicators of bipolar disorder are not prominent until young adulthood and are reduced in persons taking mood-stabilizing medications, Yale School of Medicine researchers report this month in Biological Psychiatry.

Trial opens for mom accused of severing baby's arms
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A housewife accused of fatally severing the arms of her infant daughter in 2004 was expected to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity when her capital murder trial opens.

Author of 'The Bipolar Advantage' to speak
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Tom Wootton, bipolar patient and author of The Bipolar Advantage, will present an educational talk for people with and affected by bipolar disorder, therapists, law enforcement personnel, and healthcare workers.

Parents Sue Guilford Over Daughter's Fatal Jump From Ambulance
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The parents of a woman who jumped from a moving ambulance and was fatally injured want Guilford County to pay for $2.3 million, saying medics failed to properly restrain their mentally ill daughter.

Bipolar disorder difficult for patients, loved ones
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She comes in the door just as nice as can be, happy and smiling. Then, within moments, her demeanor changes and she begins to act angry and hostile. The family is puzzled as to what may have triggered the sudden mood change. But hours later, she acts as though nothing at all has happened.

Oakwood hit with another citation
Lexington Herald-Leader
The state's largest home for the mentally handicapped received another citation for failing to protect residents under its care. A bipolar resident of the Communities at Oakwood kicked another resident in the gut, causing internal bleeding, according to the citation.

Woman's parents propose county pay for her death.

The News & Record (Piedmont Triad, NC); 2/14/2006


GREENSBORO -- A married couple wants Guilford County to pay $2.3 million for the death of their grown daughter, a woman with bipolar disorder who died a year ago this week after she jumped from a moving ambulance.

In their claim to the county, received Feb. 1, an attorney for Archie and Jean Collins alleges two emergency medical technicians erred by not properly restraining Alma Jean Collins in the early hours of Feb. 11, 2005.

And under no circumstances, their lawyer claims, should they have left Collins unattended in the back, as one technician allegedly did when she turned to give her colleague directions to the hospital.

Collins unbuckled her safety belt and opened the rear doors as the ambulance traveled 40 mph along Kivett Drive, not far from Old Randleman Road. She leapt from the vehicle and died six days later from her injuries.

Though not a lawsuit, the claim reads as such, offering to absolve the county for damages caused by "clear negligence" in exchange for the settlement.

The proposal includes medical and funeral expenses, plus loss of potential future income. Alma Collins worked for Polo Ralph Lauren through February 2004. Records submitted to the county indicate she went on disability at that time.

The Collinses referred all questions to their attorney.

"Since it is a matter that's going to be very much in discussion with the county, I'm hesitant, frankly, to comment, to fight it out in the press," said Durham-based attorney Robert McClanahan. "The family would much rather resolve it through negotiation without the need to file a lawsuit."

County Attorney Jonathan Maxwell could not be reached for comment Monday evening.

Alma Collins, 28, attended Southern Guilford High School and UNC-Chapel Hill. She was a varsity athlete in three sports at Southern Guilford and received her state EMT certification in 2002.

Authorities were called to her Fieldswood Drive home about 4:30 a.m. the day of the incident on reports someone had put a hand through a glass window.

Collins lived with her parents, according to the claim. By the time help arrived, she was compliant and nonhostile; however, a voluntary statement given to the Highway Patrol by one EMT indicates Collins said she still wanted to hurt herself.

Contact Eric J.S. Townsend at 373-7008 or etownsend @news-record.comNEWS & RECORD


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