This is dedicated to Travis Holappa who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered on July 25, 2004 in Northern Minnesota. This was all due to meth. I am Travis' mother and I wish to make this devastation turn into a better thing by educating and exposing the truth about meth, the dangers, and the deadly consequences it brings about to individuals and communities.

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I want to do what I can to educate people about what is going on around the world with the meth problem. I want people to know about it BEFORE they even get the idea to want to try it. It is a dangerous drug and will ruin your life as well as all those who love you. I am on a mission on behalf of my only son, Travis.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

I would like to make a comment on the story I posted on April 8, 2006. The heading was:

Father sentenced to life in murder of his son (Tennessee)

I am responding specifically to the part of the story that said; " In the two weeks before his death, Lex sustained 23 broken ribs, a broken arm and a broken leg — all of which went untreated. At the time of his death, his tiny body was a mass of bruises, cuts, tears, burns and scrapes."

I received a response from a reader that stated:
Anonymous said...
Newsflash lady, nobody has 23 damn ribs!! Once again, you're going for the shock effect and manipulating the numbers to scare people into believeing that meth addicts are all scary, violent people.

I did some research and responded with:

There are Twelve pairs of flexible, archlike ribs form the lateral portions of the thoracic cage. They increase in length from the first to the seventh and then decrease again from the eighth to the twelfth.
(Weinreb, E. L. 1984. Anatomy and Physiology. Addison Wesley Publ. Co., Inc. Menlo Park, CA. p. 345.)

So, I wanted to post this information in case there was anyone else out there who was unsure of anatomy. Thank you. Kim


Blogger Brandy said...

Good Job mom. i love you. Keep up the good work. Don't let rude people throw you off. Thank you mommy.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 9:09:00 AM  
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Tuesday, April 18, 2006 4:28:00 PM  
Blogger Eli Blake said...

Also, the term 'twenty three broken ribs' can accurately be used to include multiple fractures of the same rib. For example, if Lex had a broken rib, and then later sustained a fracture of the same rib at another location, then it would be counted as two broken ribs.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 4:29:00 PM  

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