Parents explain pain, hope of children living with disease By Stephanie R. Jones Contributing Writer Many parents of children who have sickle cell anemia have watched as their children suffered unrelenting episodes of pain in their bodies, constant hospitalizations and routine blood transfusions. The Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation Parent and Patient Support Group held its […]
The family of a Mississippi football player who died following a workout in 2010 has reached a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit against the university and the NCAA.
Bennie Abram III, a 20-year-old non-scholarship player from Southaven, collapsed during an offseason workout and later died at a hospital in Oxford. An autopsy determined Abram’s death was caused by complications from sickle cell trait, which can alter red blood cells after strenuous exercise.
According to settlement documents, the family will receive $50,000 from the insurance company for the university’s athletic foundation. The Abrams’ attorney, Gene Egdorf of Houston, Texas, says the family also will receive $275,000 from the NCAA’s insurance policy.