A woman who was blinded and suffered brain damage now forgives the teenagers who did it to her, and is more worried about her own son, an eyewitness to the event.
Marion Hedges, 47, was in the parking garage of the East Harlem Target shopping center last October, when she fell unconscious from the impact of a falling shopping cart two young teenage boys had dropped from 50 feet above. Video footage shows the cart was stuck before it was given an extra shove.
Ms. Hedges went into a short coma, suffered serious brain damage, and lost sight in her left eye. She then spent weeks in "grueling" daily physical therapy.
In the end, however, she forgives the boys, whom she feels sorry for. She believes they "obviously have some issues" and that, although the shopping mall is no place for the boys to be, "they had nowhere to go on that day." Her forgiveness is probably related to her work as a philanthropist for women and children. She was at the mall that day buying Halloween candy for underprivileged children.
Ms. Hedges, a mother of two, is more concerned about her 13-year-old son, who witnessed the event and tried to help his mother. She is concerned about the possible trauma he may have experienced.
A third teenage boy, Achilles Baskin, 14, is shown on video trying to stop his two friends. When he failed, he ran off to get help and eventually turned his friends in. They pleaded guilty and are now serving 6-18 months confinement. Achilles was taken to Bellevue for psychiatric evaluation after the incident.
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