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Family Sues Funeral Home For $88 Million, Alleging Wrong Body Was Put In Mother’s Plot

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Eleven siblings are suing a Long Island funeral home after, they say, the director put the wrong person in their mother’s plot.

They’re seeking $88 million, claiming gross negligence.

The family members say they warned the funeral director at Amityville’s Joseph A. Slinger-Hasgill Funeral Home but he didn’t listen, CBS New York reports.

Two of the siblings told the station they made it very clear that the body they were shown wasn’t their mother.

“I said, ‘Those aren’t my mother’s nails. Her burn mark is not on her arm,'” Salimah Lee said.

“When I first walked in, I said, ‘That’s not Mom.’ … He insisted that it was,” Lee’s brother said.

“I said, ‘Mom has a mole.’ I just kept picking out different things,” Lee said, adding, “And he stood at the top of the steps of the funeral home, laughing, going, ‘Oh, I hear that all the time. They tell me. People say that all the time. The embalming fluid smooths them out.'”

Three days later, after the service for 87-year-old Sadie Williams, a phone call from the director proved they were right all along.

“He said, ‘I just want you to know that that wasn’t your mom,'” Lee recalled.

She says she raced over to the funeral home and recorded a video capturing the moment she finally saw her mom.

“That’s my mother. … I just knew it. I said her mole was missing and everything,” Lee can be heard saying in the video.

“I’m just sick. I’m sick. … So now I have to let the other family know,” the funeral director can be heard saying.

“Every single time I think about it, all I can see is my mother on that cold slab, naked … and he showed no concern when he opened that door and I saw her, just stark naked on the table, just sitting there, like she was waiting for me to find her,” Lee said, crying.

What was supposed to be a no more than 72-hour burial because of Muslim tradition turned into 22 days.

“They questioned it and they questioned it and they questioned it, and the funeral director insisted he was right,” said Phil Rizzuto, the family’s attorney.

CBS New York tried getting a response from the funeral home but was told officials couldn’t comment before speaking with lawyers.

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Pragati Mehra treats the cast and crew of YRKKH on her birthday, Rajan Shahi calls it a ‘sweet gesture’

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Ram Charan reveals RC15 release date

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Ram Charan reveals RC15 release date
Ram Charan reveals RC15 release date

It is known that Mega power star Ram Charan has joined the sets of his upcoming film RC15, which is progressing at the brisk pace under the direction of Shankar who is known for helming 2.0.  Kabir Singh fame Kiara Advani is on the board to play the female lead. The upcoming film marks their second collaboration after Vinaya Vidheya  Rama. Recently during  the media interaction, Ram Charan spoek about Shankar and RC15 release plan.

Rangathalam and Dhruva fame Ram Charan said, “We are planning to release RC15 in theatres in February 2023.: About Shankar, Charan said that it had been a dream come true to work with Shankar sir.  Charan also confirmed that it is a political drama.

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The yet to be titled  Pan Indian film also has Jayaram, Anjali, Sunil, Naveen Chandra, Rahman, Srikanth and others in important roles. Thirunavukarasu is handling the cinematography, while Thaman is onboard for the film’s music. RC15 is produced by Dil Raju under the banner of Sri Venkateswara Creations.

Meanwhile Ram Charan is looking forward to the grand release of RRR. The project is helmed by SS Rajamouli and has Jr NTR in the lead role.  DVV Danayya’ production venture will hit the screens worldwide on 7th January 2022.

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Higher risk of Covid-19 hospitalisation among children with poorly controlled asthma, says study

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Children with poorly controlled asthma infected with Covid-19 are more likely to require hospitalisation than children with well-controlled asthma or those without asthma, according to a new study. The study, carried out between March 2020 and July 2021, is the first of its kind investigating Covid-19 hospitalisation among 5 to 17-year-olds living in Scotland.

The findings, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal, suggest that current UK recommendations to offer Covid-19 vaccination to all 12 to 17-year-olds should now be expanded to include children with poorly controlled asthma aged 5 and older — including an estimated 109,488 in the UK.

The authors said that prioritising this group of children for Covid-19 vaccination has important implications for vaccine delivery worldwide by reducing the risk of infection, associated illness and, consequently, the need for children to have time off school. However, the overall risk of children with asthma becoming seriously ill with Covid-19 is low, with 1 in 380 children with poorly controlled asthma in the study hospitalised with Covid-19.

“Understanding which children with asthma are at increased risk of serious Covid-19 outcomes is critical to ongoing policy deliberations on vaccine prioritisation,” said lead author Professor Aziz Sheikh from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. “Our analysis provides the first national evidence of the risk of Covid-19 hospitalisations among school-aged children with markers of poorly controlled asthma.”

He added, “The key takeaway from this study is that keeping children’s asthma under control is critical as this greatly reduces the risk of Covid-19 hospitalisation. Vaccinating those with poorly controlled asthma offers an additional important layer of protection from serious Covid-19 outcomes.”

Asthma is one the most common long-term childhood conditions affecting an estimated 78 million 5 to 19-year-olds worldwide in 2019, with over 1 million children being treated for asthma in the UK alone. Despite evidence that adults with poorly controlled asthma are at greater risk of being more severely affected by Covid-19, there is a lack of research in children, and until now, there have been no population-based analyses.

At the request of the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), researchers analysed data from the Scotland-wide Early Pandemic Evaluation and Enhanced Surveillance of COVID-19 (EAVE II) reporting platform between March 1, 2020 and July 27,2021 to identify which children with asthma were at increased risk of severe COVID-19, leading to hospitalisation within 14 days of a positive real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (PT-PCR) test, or death from any cause within 28 days after a positive test for SARS-CoV-2. EAVE II allows rapid analysis of data from routinely collected electronic health records and linked national databases for 5.4 million people (around 99% of the Scottish population).

In total, 752,867 children aged 5-17 years old were included in the analysis. Among 63,463 children (8.4%) with a diagnosis of asthma, 4,339 (6.8%) had a confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection, and 67 (1.5%) of these were admitted to hospital with Covid-19. There were nine intensive care admissions or deaths in children with asthma, which prevented detailed evaluation of these most severe outcomes. Overall, 40,231 (5.8%) of children without asthma had a confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection, of whom 382 (0.9%) were hospitalised with Covid-19.

The study found that 5-17-year-olds with poorly controlled asthma (defined as being hospitalised with asthma within the past two years) were more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid-19 (548 Covid-19 hospitalisations per 100,000 children), compared to children with well-controlled asthma (94 hospitalisations per 100,000 children), or without asthma (55 hospitalisations per 100,000 children). Based on these data, the researchers estimate that there were 9,124 children aged 5–17 years old with poorly controlled asthma in Scotland during the study period who might have benefited from Covid-19 vaccination, and approximately 109,488 children in the whole UK.

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