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Is he a danger to my child?

I met him on hospital day 79. There he was — a toddler who was in his third month in the pediatric intensive care unit at Norton Children’s Hospital. He required a life-saving operation to remove part of his skull and put in a tube to drain fluid from his swollen brain. The poor child […] Read More »

Kentucky Child Abuse

Kentucky has second highest child abuse rate in U.S.

The number of Kentucky children who died from abuse, as well as overall cases of abuse, is on the rise. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau “Child Maltreatment 2015” report — released in 2017 — shows a jump in child abuse cases in both Kentucky and Indiana. The commonwealth had just […] Read More »

Doctor describes horrors of sex abuse

***This article includes graphic details*** As a medical resident, I saw a 4-year-old girl with a large tear in her vagina that required surgery to put it back together. I couldn’t image what had happened. The family said she fell on the top of a plunger. The examination (and common sense) said otherwise. The mother’s […] Read More »

Child abuse through a doctor’s eyes

I’ve been a practicing pediatrician for 13 years. I feel like I’ve seen it all — from the normal bumps and scrapes to some of the rarest syndromes and diseases on this planet. But there’s one thing that always shocks and upsets me as a physician and as a parent: child abuse. An abused child […] Read More »

More moms can find safe haven for babies

Giving up a newborn baby may seem unimaginable. But for some Kentucky moms, they are faced with having to make that heart-wrenching decision. Up until now, they had only three days after giving birth to do so. That’s about to change. The Kentucky General Assembly has passed an expansion of Kentucky’s Safe Infants Act, also […] Read More »

Kentucky deaths from child abuse drop

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (March 29, 2016) – The number of Kentucky children who died from abuse has dropped to the lowest level in 10 years, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau “Child Maltreatment 2014” report. What increased was the number of overall cases of child abuse. “While that […] Read More »

8 things to tell your babysitter to prevent child abuse

No one wakes up in the morning expecting to abuse a child. Unfortunately it happens. Every day, more than 1,800 kids are abused in this country. The abuse comes from many sources: parents, relatives, caregivers and, yes, even babysitters. If you’re a parent, this is not a reason to never leave your child with a […] Read More »

Kentucky becomes only fourth state to mandate physician training on child abuse

Kentucky and Indiana continue to rank among the worst states in the nation for the number of children who are abused and neglected, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Child Maltreatment 2012 report. In recent years Kentucky has consistently ranked among the worst states in the nation for death […] Read More »

Bruises can hide a deadly secret

A bruise means that a child is just rambunctious, right? Possibly, but some bruising can signify something much more serious: child abuse. “Bruises are the most overlooked sign of abuse,” said Stephen A. Wright, M.D., medical director of Norton Children’s Hospital and chair of the Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse. “A huge myth is that […] Read More »