A View from the Editorial Board: Memphis at center of obesity epidemic

August 29, 2010
by Richard Duszak
The Commercial Appeal


Emma Brown (not her real name) died far too young, just six days after giving birth to her second daughter. She was 23.

Emma's health was always poor. Even as a teenager, she got winded just walking a flight of stairs. Throughout her pregnancy, she endured insulin injections several times a day. And shortly after her Caesarean section, she developed a nasty wound infection.

Even with routine blood thinners, a huge blood clot grew silently in the deep veins of her legs. When it broke apart and sailed to her lungs, her fate was sadly sealed, despite the heroic efforts of so many.


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