August 24, 2002 |
Despite community pleas for mercy, a Georgia grand jury handed up murder charges Friday against a woman who fatally shot two adult sons as they lay in a nursing home in advanced stages of Huntington's disease. Carol Carr, 63, faces the possibility of life in prison if she is convicted of the killings, which friends insist she carried out in a desperate bid to end her sons' suffering.
June 27, 2002
It seems hard to believe that a mother would kill two of her own children (" 'Motherly Love' Cited in Sons' Deaths," June 20). However, if you have gone through the terrible, agonizing years of Huntington's disease you would have an insight into what went on in Carol Carr's mind. My wife has the disease. She cannot speak, she drools, she falls--it goes on and on. Her problems started in the mid-1980s. It is usually a very slow process. My wife may live for another 10 years, and she is only going to deteriorate more.
June 20, 2002 |
"I believe y'all are looking for me," were the first words out of Carol Carr's mouth. She was waiting on a couch in the nursing home lobby when the police came. She had just shot her sons, first Andy, 41, then Randy, 42. Carr had reached the end of her rope, plagued for years by a demon of an illness, Huntington's disease, and couldn't stand the sight of her boys wasting away in soiled sheets, unable to talk, move or even swallow. Now she faces two counts of murder.
October 28, 2001 |
A surprising and provocative study of brain tissue from people with Huntington's disease offers clues on how a defective gene causes the disorder and how it might be treated. About 30,000 Americans have HD, which generally appears between ages 30 and 45. It slowly hampers a person's ability to walk, think, talk and reason. Eventually, an affected person becomes totally dependent on others, and death usually follows from complications of the condition.
August 20, 2001 |
A diagnosis of Huntington's disease is a slow-motion death sentence. Each year brings less muscle coordination and deeper mental problems, with little promise of a cure or even a good treatment. Symptoms of the genetic disorder usually strike in the prime of adult life, and sufferers usually die within 20 years of being diagnosed. But last week, Huntington's sufferers got a break from the bad news.
November 30, 2000 |
French researchers have successfully reversed the course of Huntington's disease in three of five patients by implanting fetal brain cells into their brains. Several research teams have previously attempted the feat, but the French results are the best to date, experts said. "This is a very promising preliminary result, even though it is a small number of patients," said Dr.