Ten years ago next month, Jay Blake, then 31, was working on a large truck tire and wheel assembly for a transportation company in Hyannis when the assembly inexplicably exploded, the wheel striking him forcefully across the brow and forehead.a decade later he remembers the precise date and time, May 22, 1997, 5:30 p.m. when his life was changed forever, in some ways for the worse, in some ways for the better."the left eye was blown out of my head. the right eye, was quartered. my skull was split open and the outer face was gone," Blake said this week at his "Follow a Dream" headquarters and garage in Marstons Mills.Blake was flown to Boston on a Medflight, met on the roof of Massachusetts General Hospital by a trauma team "where they started working on me right there, I guess" and underwent 10.5 hours of surgery "to rebuild my face." He pauses a moment to reflect, then notes with a slight hint of sarcasm. "And they say that plastic surgery doesn’t work."Today he has a nice face and prosthetic eyes. What’s that like? "It’s darker than a darkroom," he quips, "but now I see with my hands and my hearing." He also lost his senses of taste and smell in the accident, but certainly not his senses of humor and determination.With stiff upper lip, Blake has learned to hone his remaining faculties to achieve a dream he had as a child to be a mechanic, particularly on racecars. Today, he is the only blind racecar crew chief in the world. Further, he has parlayed this substantial achievement into a non-profit motivational program for youth and others, such as war wounded, who may need a dose of inspiration to get their lives on track.Blake has brought his car and his motivational program to several Cape and Islands high schools and is ready to begin a $30,000 fundraising drive to fund motivational visits at all the Cape and Islands middle and high schools and youth groups such as Boy Scouts. "We’re raising money independently because the schools don’t have the funds," Blake said, and because the expenses are such that he can no longer underwrite the presentations on his own.Blake was positioning a large jack under his racecar when the press arrived to interview him at his Old Falmouth Road garage on last week. He had already placed the jack under the car with some directional guidance from Terri Donlon, his office manager, and was single-handedly pushing the 2,000-pound vehicle — sideways – to wedge it into the garage.after he had completed the task, he walked into the spacious garage, now and then bumping lightly into a box or a table. Using his arms as he would a cane to fend off walls and cabinets he moved until he found the chain pulley to close the garage door."Seeing" in his workspace is facilitated by a radio — a sort of radio direction finder – atop a relatively huge blue tool locker of drawers and closets that occupies part of a wall."the radio is my orientation point, if you will." He spins around about six times then points to the bathroom. "That’s the bathroom," he says. "but if I spin around like that without the radio on, or you being here, I wouldn’t know where I was."It also helps, he said, to keep everything in the same place.a few minutes later, Ted, from Ted’s Auto next door, arrived with two other men to help push the car. "oh, I did it already," Blake says, "but thanks for coming over."Blake has been the subject of news features and recently was on a CNN program to discuss racing his dream car. He and his driver travel in a large white rig that accommodates the colorful "funny car," which is propelled by alcohol fuel, and cramped living quarters. He has crisscrossed the country to participate in drag-racing events — or to deliver his motivational talk.at the request of the USO, Blake brought his car and his enthusiasm to the recently beleaguered Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D.C., home to hundreds of war injured struggling physically and psychologically for renewal.Blake outlined for them his "five tools for life success" he says, and delineates them thus: "Positive attitude, basic skills and education, passion, self determination and teamwork," which about sum up Blake’s own road to success.after his talk at Walter Reed, soldiers autographed the car’s trunk, which is also emblazoned with an American flag and logo, "Free to Dream," signing on, as it were, to follow their own aspirations.Before he could turn a negative accident into a positive attitude, Blake says he first had to decide, in the wake of the accident, whether he wanted to live. "They told me it was touch and go for a while," he says, "but during that time I had a death experience. I was given a choice."how does that work?"well, it was like being on a cloud, white, incredibly bright, the serenity and peace of it," he trails off. "It’s like the peace we search for, the peace we dream of. a voice asked me, ‘Do you want to stay or do you want to go?’ I instantly thought of my kids and said I wanted to stay. looking back, I was fortunate to have a second chance."What Blake has done with his reincarnation is nothing short of inspiring and it began, once again, with a toolbox in his garage."look up at the wall there," he points from a seat in his office," and you’ll see a picture of me at about 4 years old, with a toolbox. I always wanted to be a mechanic."Blindness didn’t dilute the passion. "I was in the hospital for about three weeks, then spent about five months at the Carroll Center for the Blind," where he would learn needed skills for a different lifestyle and where, ironically, his father had served on the board for 25 years. then Blake spent quiet time at home. "after that I was busy feeling my way around the house, eventually making a trip to the garage, wondering if I would ever be a mechanic again."I found my tool box and opened it up. then I took hold of the first thing I touched. I was so surprised and happy that I immediately knew what I was holding. It was a wrench. then I went to the junk drawer and did the same thing. What I picked up was a General Motors distributor module. That’s when it struck me that I could see with my hands."In 1998, a friend invited him to a drag racing event in Reading, Pa. "I didn’t think I could enjoy it, not seeing it." but he says he could sense the excitement, the crowd and the hubbub feeding his old passion for racing. "my heart was pounding," and he decided to "go for it. I knew I’d never be able to land a job with a crew if I didn’t own the car."He scraped $15,000 together in 1999 to buy his first car. now he has a newer one that he can completely dismantle and reassemble by himself.the drag-race circuit, National Hot Rod Association, paid off in 2005 when he won the Gator Nationals in Gainesville, Fla., and several other races.Blake married Ann, an ultrasound technician at Cape Cod Hospital, who, he says, "truly understands" his blindness and the necessity for his travels. "It’s really great having that kind of support at home," a household that includes three stepchildren, Nicole, Brandon and Carly. Blake has two children from a previous marriage, Steve and Marybeth. Humor intermittently spices Blake’s conversation. "I have a difficult time remembering faces," he quips, and doesn’t hesitate, upon meeting a 73-year-old person, to put another favorite line into play: "You don’t look a day over 55," he says with a sheepish grin.Blake says he also uses the same language as sighted people. "For example, I say ‘I’ll see you later’ just like everybody else." sure, he says, he gets guidance from his office manager, the car crew and others. "Sometimes I’ll ask somebody if they will be my eyes" to see something. He doesn’t boast about the many accolades, including the Boston Celtics "Heroes Among US" award, and the dozens of testimonials he’s received since taking control of his life despite losing three of his senses, and sharing the experience with others.He just savors the lives he’s been able to touch.Blake’s non-profit "Follow a Dream" can be reached at 508-420-8319. the web site is www.followadream.org.
Well i was attacked and thrown into a door jam and then had my face smashed off the jam 2x, i ended up with almost 40 stitches in my face. it nearly ripped about a 2″ piece of flesh off my chin, it was hanging there, flapping around… so to no ones surprise i have some pretty nice scars on my face, the one is small above my lip and i’m not real concerned with getting it removed, but i had a 3″ scar on my forehead (my skull was also cracked, and something involved with my sinus’ above my nose crushed, i have trouble breathing through my nose, but that’s another issue). and a backwards J scar on my chin, with a lot of scar tissue being there. I read that you cannot fully remove scar tissue, but it is possible to trim it down, it’s very clumpy and annoying not to mention disgusting looking. can anyone give me some insight on scar tissue removal and how long the healing process is? Or is it worth getting the scars removed in general? i’ve been using this “scar removal cream for a few months now, and it hasn’t reaped any benefits. now to question 2.
As far as getting this stuff taken care of, would i have to pay for this, or would the guy who did this pay for it (he was charged in his preliminary, and it’s going to the next step here in a few months for further procection, i believe to find out how far they want to take it). People tell me to push for pain and suffering, because i look like the geniune scarface, and i wasnt able to eat any solid foods because i couldn’t open my jaw for 3 days, and i’m not going to lie, it hurt like a son of a ***** for a few weeks, is this possible, i was charged for harrassment during all this because i pushed someone during the episode, he was charged with simple assualt. if anyone could refer me to a lawyer dealing with these matters it would be greatly appreciated (it happend in south-western PA, in Bedford county).
I’d like to thank you for actually taking the time to read all of this, and any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Scar tissue is very difficult to handle, are your scars raised? (hypertrophied/keloid scar?) I would recommend going to a dermatologist to ask what kind of prescribed creams to reduce the raised appearance of the scar. I have keloid scars and with that type, usually a scar becomes larger, either or, a dermatologist may prescribe retinoid creams, steroid injections, or sometimes surgical removal (but this may cause scaring as well). It all depends on the type of scar you have, anyway, as for your legal problems getting a lawyer is expensive, so look into the types defense lawyers in your area first. I’ve had friends who would call lawyers for other matters and sometimes they would say, “oh you won’t be able to afford me” but they refer you to other lawyers under your price range.
Nearly 130 middle school students held real surgical instruments, looked into the DNA of bananas and conducted virtual brain surgery. it all happened at the Brainworks one-day program sponsored by the Cedars Sinai Department of Neurosurgery.
“They show you how to take out a brain tumor from, like, the head and how you have to use precise tools to do it,” says aspiring doctor Mike Hewitt, an 8th grader who attends Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Middle School in south Los Angeles. those precise tools include a real-life 3D-imaging machine and a $500,000 microscope that the kids used to conduct tumor removal from a phantom skull.
At another experiment station in the same room, Victoria Guardi and Ariah Johnson, both 8th graders at James A. Foshay Learning Center, ranked the plastic tub of sheep brains as their favorite part of the event.
“Because you actually get to touch it and you get to see what’s really on the sheep brain,” says Guardi. “And it gives you and idea of what you’re brain is like, too, because it’s similar,” added Johnson.
The students, from several lower income Los Angeles schools, quizzed the five attending brain doctors with such questions as:
“How exactly to brain aneurysms form, exactly?”
“Does the brain feel pain during surgery?”
“How much does the human brain weigh?”
And the burning question of the day? “How much money do doctors make in a year?” that query from a female student in the audience drew a round of laughter and applause – but no clear answer.
The students, too, were quizzed in a round of Family Feud, Brainworks-style, featuring neurosurgeon, Dr. Chirag Patil as host.
“First question,” says Patil, “name three parts of the brain.”
About a dozen kids raised their hands and the team got the three answers, cerebellum, brain stem and cerebrum, correct, causing Patil to proclaim: “We’ve got neuroscientists in the room already.”
“What we want to do is expose them to the wonders of science, the wonders of medicine, says Dr. Keith Black, founder of the Brainworks program and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. “To let them understand how much fun we have and how much joy we have each day coming to work, being physicians having opportunity to help people, opportunity to potentially save lives.
Black says it’s his hope the Brainworks event will someday become a nationwide program that will encourage middle school students everywhere to consider a career in science and medicine.
by Jaya Narain
Last updated at 1:33 AM on 8th February 2012
A teenager was left for dead after being chased and savagely beaten by a gang of Asians in a suspected racist attack.
Daniel Stringer, 17, was pursued through a busy town centre by up to eight men and then repeatedly kicked and punched in the head.
He was left in the road, bleeding and barely conscious, as the gang melted away into the night.
‘Why me?’: Daniel Stringer-Prince, 17, pictured with his mother Cheryl, has now managed to open his left eye following the attack in Hyde, Manchester
Police say there is no evidence of provocation and are treating the attack as a serious hate crime.
Daniel’s family issued pictures of the teenager lying seriously ill in hospital with a fractured skull and fractured eye socket. They say the nerves behind his eyes have been damaged and he could be left with impaired vision.
‘I wish someone would tell me why they left my baby for dead in the road,’ said his mother Cheryl Stringer. ‘I’m lucky to still have him.
Attack: Daniel Stringer-Prince, 17, has managed to open one of his eyes
‘we don’t know the extent of the damage behind his eye until his swelling goes down.
‘He then needs plastic surgery on theeye socket that they broke in two places. He also has several fracturesto his cheek that need plastic surgery and he also has a fractured skull.
‘It’s going to be a long, long battle for my gorgeous boy. I still can’t understand why they left him in the road to die.’
Daniel, still in great pain, told how he was cornered by the gang after they chased him through the town.
‘They were older than me,’ he said. ‘One of them grabbed me. He hit me in the face and that’s about all I can remember.
‘I’m upset and feel really down. why me? I don’t know why they chose me.’
The incident occurred at about 10.15pm last Saturday when he and his best friend Kavan Brown, also 17, were walking in Hyde, Greater Manchester, when they passed a takeaway.
Inside was a group of Asian men and a woman. Without provocation one of the men produced a knife and made a threatening gesture at the teenagersthrough the window, suggesting they were going to have their throats cut.
Before the attack: Trainee chef Dan Stringer, 17, was repeatedly kicked and punched by a mob of up to eight people after he fell over as they were chasing him down the street
Victim: Police hunting a gang of Asian youths who battered the teenager and left him for dead are treating the savage beating as a ‘hate crime’
The teenager needs plastic surgery on the eye socket that is broken in two places. He also has several fractures to his cheek and a fractured skull
The pair walked on, but moments laterthe group spilled into the street and began to run towards them. Danielfell over and was set upon as he lay on the ground.
He had emergency surgery after the attack and will need to return to hospital when doctors attempt to rebuild his right cheek with a metal plate.
Kavan, whose nose was brokenin the attack, said: ‘I just can’t understand why it happened. I’d never seen any of them in my life before.’
Police said there were seven or eight offenders who are described as being Asian and in their late teens or early 20s.
They are investigating the assault as a hate crime.
Last night police had a man of 21 in custody on suspicion of assault.
Having been a huge fan of the first two Mummy films, I was again expecting another thrill ride from Universal as the lights dimmed – but that expectation soon turned to dread as I watched this iconic franchise descend into an absolute mediocre disaster! How Brendan Fraser ever agreed to even appear in this third instalment is beyond me and the slight fact that there are actually no mummies in this film only paves the way for its critical mauling! you see, a Mummy is an ancient Egyptian King buried in a Golden Sarcophagus who has the arguable honour of having his brain wrenched from his skull through his nostrils. He is not a former Chinese Emperor who was turned to dust over a thousand years ago by an immortal Witch! this time round, its China's turn to host a doomsday Mummy-fest – why not? It's hosting the Olympics and after all, downtown Shanghai is stereotypical Mummy territory right? wrong, and director Rob Cohen's first stab at the Mummy franchise has this word daubed all over the screen in bold, red ink, even more so if you're a fan of the first two films. Here, the effects still live up but the whole aspect of character development seems to have been swept to the sidelines in favour of appalling jokes and Chinese fireworks. The relationship between Fraser and newcomer, Maria Bello is laughable to say the least and the only time anyone pauses for breath is to shoot or blow something up! The film also suffers badly from inaccuracies. In the second film, archaeologist Rick O'Connell (Fraser) and Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) were married and had an eight-year-old son, Alex. But now, just seven years later, Alex has suddenly become a twenty something-year-old Mummy basher! Also, does any one else find the inclusion of Mountain Yetis, or Abominable Snowmen in a Mummy film simply hilarious??? Both Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh are indeed welcome additions to the franchise and thank God they're here – at least Yeoh's character is believable and her brilliantly choreographed final battle with Li is visually stunning. Yeoh is also immortal in the film, well, any woman who has a two thousand-year-old daughter who looks about ten would have to be, unless the Chinese know something about Plastic Surgery us Westerners don't. Whoever cast American actress Maria Bello for the role of Evelyn O'Connell, the posh, sexy, kick-*** British Egyptologist, formerly played by Rachel Weisz, should be shot! I found it remarkable that Hollywood had the cheek to replace Weisz, a fantastic actress who was a thrill from start to finish in the first two films. no doubt Bello is convincing when playing the right parts, but here, she just doesn't seem to find her comfort zone in Weisz's shoes, sporting an absolutely diabolic British accent which at times sound like a cross between Australian and Irish. Perhaps Bello's slick dagger twirling and shooting skills are enough to make the audience not wish to see her get eaten by the Yetis and her revealing night gowns certainly add a sense of brief eye candy for male audience members. But Weisz's absence is still severely felt…and missed. The film is hit with yet more bullet wounds in the form of its awful "humour" and desperately unfunny one liners, all of which sink like lead balloons. Take Evelyn's brother, Johnathan (John Hannah), who to be fair was hilarious in the first two films but here, tries to squeeze every last drop out of his disastrous dialogue by pulling strange faces and constantly flapping his arms. I mean, one has to wonder whether the Screenwriters have any wit or originality at all when a huge hairy beast, who is bizarrely one of the passengers in a rickety aeroplane which almost crash lands into the Himalayas, vomits all over Hannah and the audience gets rewarded with the line 'the yak yakked'. Save us!
Its not all bad news for Mummy 3, however. The Special Effects are at times, breathtaking and the spectacular, firework-laden chariot chase through the streets of Shanghai is certainly a highlight. Some of the Himalayan wide shots are stunning, presuming they're not all CGI and for part of the film, the O'Connell's transport is a ramshackle plane who's Pilot is Irish and addicted to alcohol – what a surprise! But one is left feeling deflated and frustrated at the end of the film. after yet another, computer-generated battle sequence, which is by far the poorest of the last decade, we cut straight back to downtown Shanghai! As if the whole battle sequence was just a dream. no results, no conclusions, no characters going their separate ways. its sad the film suffers this way because its not the fault of the actors (well, perhaps Bello), or even the director – it’s the Screenwriters and Editors who are to blame here and no one else. I heard the reason Rachel Weisz chose not to reprise her role as Evelyn was due to 'problems with the Script'. that is the biggest understatement anybody could give this film and even if Weisz was in it, I don't think she could have saved it. A disappointing; overblown and at times, simply ridiculous end to what was once quite an exciting franchise!
Does anyone else agree?
umm….I enjoyed the movie. so no I don't agree.
I want to see that movie so bad!
I heard it was good
A crime against the movie industry. Absolutely dreadful.
the only good actor was maria bello…
I actually am not the biggest fan of the mummy 1 or 2. this was one was awful. it had some bad acting, scatterbrain plot, and it didn't really feel like an adventure to me. I was completely disappointed. I honestly will never see it again
well it's a no wonder rachel rejected the role from problems to the script and that her "son" is a few years younger than her character is!
I like a lot of Maria's films but it never really is a good role if your covering for someone else's…
I personally LOVED 1 & 2 so much and I was disappointed in the 3rd…i wanna cry LOL. I mean I wasn't bored or anything of the 3rd installment but I was upset of their choices they had made in the production.
O'well what's done is done we shouldn't get upset we should all move on to newer or better films, LOL
where skull is supposed to cover brain, there is only skin.
Abdulrahman Almotawaq, 14, keeps the spot hidden with a baseball cap.
A brace on his left leg helps him walk, though with a significant limp. no matter how hard he tries, the partially paralyzed boy can’t make a fist with his left hand.
all of this is the result of getting hit by an Israeli rocket fragment near his home in the Gaza Strip Jan. 9, 2009.
This morning, Abdulrahman is in Columbus at the Medical Center where he is scheduled to have surgery.
Neurosurgeon Said Elshihabi of the Columbus Neurologic Institute is performing the operation. He is doing so free of charge.
Elshihabi said Abdulrahman has a traumatic skull defect and reconstruction is needed. “We’re going to put in a titanium plate and artificial bone material.”
The doctor said much of the operation is cosmetic, but is needed so Abdulrahman can “play just like a normal kid without fear.”
The surgery won’t affect Abdulrahman’s other physical problems, but Elshihabi said planned physical therapy might help.
Abdulrahman was brought here by the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, a non-political, nonprofit organization established in 1991 to address the medical and humanitarian crisis facing Palestinian children. the P.C.R.F., endorsed by former President Jimmy Carter, helps locate free medical care for children from the Middle East who are unable to get the necessary and specialized treatment at home. Coming to Atlanta, Abdulrahman was on an airplane with another Middle Eastern child being brought to Chicago for an artificial leg.
Abdulrahman, who has been in this country for a week, is staying with the family of Imad Nasserddin.
Nasserddin came to this country from Jerusalem 35 years ago. He left New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and owns Aladdin’s Mediterranean Grill and Deli in Atlanta. He has three children.
“I heard through a friend that the fund was searching for a host family in Columbus but I didn’t know of anybody here so I decided to do it myself and drive him here,” Nasserddin said. “I like the humanitarian idea of giving kids a chance to get care not available to them at home.”
His family has taken their guest to markets and the Georgia Aquarium.
“He loves being around green trees,” Nasserddin said of the boy.
Accompanying Nasserddin and Abdulrahman to Columbus is Tawfeq Kaimari, a professor of organic chemistry at Spelman College in Atlanta where he’s involved in cancer cell research. Kaimari, who came to this country 22 years ago, also owns Jerusalem Bakery in Marietta, Ga., and Alpharetta, Ga. He is serving as translator for Abdulrahman.
“Politics doesn’t play a part in this organization,” Kaimari said. “That’s what I like about it.”
Abdulrahman lives in a Palestinian refugee camp with his parents and a dozen siblings. His parents don’t work.
“I like the freedom here,” the boy said. “everyone has treated me well.”
The day Abdulrahman was hit by the rocket fragment, he was returning home from the market with his brother who was also injured.
Abdulrahman said he was hit in the head and a “piece of skull was lifted out.” Missing school because of the injury made him sad, he said.
Elshihabi, Abdulrahman’s doctor, is glad to be able to help.
“I’ve been wanting for quite a while to do something either here or over there,” the doctor said. “It’s a great opportunity to make a child’s life better.”