Southwest Airlines Flight Death

Philadelphia’s medical examiner says that a woman killed when she was partially blown out of a Southwest Airlines plane died of blunt impact trauma to her head, neck and torso.

Spokesman James Garrow of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health said Wednesday evening that Jennifer Riordan’s death was ruled accidental.

https://apnews.com/5dc6f818204c4c299eef8764e826e0ba

By Associated Press

The Medical Examiner’s Costs of the Opioid Epidemic

In Philadelphia, the number of autopsies at the medical examiner’s office has risen about 20 percent since 2013, from 2,489 to 3,018 last year, said department spokesman James Garrow. That required a doubling in the budget for supplies and materials — gowns, safety equipment, and body bags — and the hiring of a new assistant medical examiner. The city doesn’t break out individual costs. “We’re too big an operation,” Garrow said.

http://www.philly.com/philly/health/addiction/bodies-opioid-ods-coroners-oxycontin-marino-trump-cdc-cadavers-philadelphia-pathologists-autopsies-norristown-toxicology-20171018.html

By Sam Wood

Congenital Heart Defect Death

NBC10

Spokesman James Garrow of the Philadelphia Department of Health said Friday that 7-year-old Sebastian Gerena died of “anomalous origin of the left coronary artery,” a condition that researchers say can lead to sudden death among the young.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Heart-Defect-Caused-Philly-Student-to-Collapse-Die-260423751.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_PHBrand

By Staff

Inquirer

A spokesman for the city Health Department declined to release the cause of death yesterday, citing privacy issues. “We saw nothing in the autopsy to suggest this is an infectious disease or condition,” James Garrow said.

https://www.philly.com/philly/education/20140523_Pupil_s_death_spurs_push_for_school_funds.html

By Dana DiFilippo