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First North American Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome Attracts World Experts and Shaken Baby Syndrome Victims and Families
MONTREAL, Quebec - September 9, 2004 /Send2Press Newswire/ -- The National Center
on Shaken Baby Syndrome (www.dontshake.com) announces its first North American
Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome. This conference brings together physicians,
researchers, health care professionals and legal experts as well as members of
shaken baby syndrome (SBS) victims' families and victim advocates.
The conference will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at the Delta Centre-Ville
Hotel on September 12-15, 2004.
The North American Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome is an opportunity to learn
more about this all-too-prevalent form of child abuse resulting from the violent
shaking of an infant or small child. It is the most frequent cause for inflicted
traumatic brain injury in the first two years of life.
In the United States alone treatment was sought last year for between 1,200 and
1,400 children, of which 25-20% died as a result of their injuries. And likely,
many more cases were not reported.
Program highlights include:
Sunday, September 12
Pre-Conference Mock Trial (3 to 4 p.m.): media are invited to hear the
closing arguments and interview SBS experts: Dr. Randell Alexander,
Professor of Pediatrics, Morehouse School of Medicine; Brian Holmgren,
lawyer; and Dr Alex Levin, Director, Postgraduate Bioethics Education,
University of Toronto.
Strategies for child abuse and SBS Prevention (6:30 to 7:30 p.m.) Opening
keynote address by Dr. Carol Berkowitz, President-elect, American Academy
of Pediatrics, the largest pediatric organization in the United States.
Monday, September 13
Kelly's Family (8:30 to 9:30 a.m.): When Kelly was 6 months old, she was
shaken by her babysitter, resulting in permanent brain damage. The damage
made her blind, paralyzed on her left side and prone to several seizures a
day. She died at age 11. Her parents and sister will talk about Kelly's
short and tragic life.
Paul's Story (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.): Michel Pilon, a retired police
investigator from Montreal and Dr. Gilles Fortin will have Paul explain, on
video, how he turned himself into a criminal by shaking to death his
beloved baby girl, Erika.
Retinal hemorrhages (1:30 to 2:30 p.m.): Dr Alex Levin will discuss the
link between retinal hemorrhages and SBS.
Tuesday, September 14
Living with Unjust Death: The Matty Eappen Story, Seven Years Later (8:30
to 9:30 a.m.): Dr. Deborah Eappen is the mother of Matty Eappen, an 8-
month-old who died after being shaken by au pair Louise Woodward in
February 1997. Dr. Eappen, a comprehensive ophthalmologist, works to
prevent SBS and to educate medical professionals on the importance of
keeping child abuse on the differential list when evaluating patients.
Dallen's Story (9:50 to 10:50 a.m.): Aimee Quaife from Nanaimo, British
Columbia will discuss the devastating impact that SBS has had on her
family. Dallen, at age 10, functions at a one-year-old level.
Elijah's Story (9:50 to 10:50 a.m.): Emily is the mother of Elijah, a
victim of SBS. Elijah, a 16-month-old, was shaken by his biological father
and died on Christmas Eve.
PURPLE Crying (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.): Dr. Ronald Barr will review strategies
for dealing with infant crying.
Ending Child Abuse (1:30 to 2:30 p.m.): Victor Vieth will deliver an
inspiring message outlining common sense and innovative proposals for
ending child abuse.
All presenters will be available to meet with the media immediately after their
presentations in the Vitre Room of the Delta Centre-Ville Hotel located at 777 Rue
University Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Ph: 514-879-1370).
For more information and an electronic press kit please visit our web site at
www.dontshake.com. Media personnel may register at the conference
registration tables to receive a press kit and press badge for conference
attendance to workshops, keynote addresses and to conduct media interviews.
Source of News:
National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
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