Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Kristen Jordan Shamus

Detroit Free Press

Detroit, MI, United States

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Recent articles by Kristen:

2 children die of flu in Michigan, health officials say

The children, who lived in Shiawassee and Wayne counties, both had the Influenza B strain of the virus, Michigan health officials said Friday. → Read More

3rd Michigander dies from vaping-related lung injury

A third person in Michigan has died of vaping-related lung injury, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday. → Read More

A mother's prayers answered: Teen declared brain-dead to stay on life support

LaShauna Lowry's prayers were answered. Her son Titus Cromer Jr. will remain on life support and be transferred to a long-term care facility. → Read More

Beaumont asks federal court to dismiss Titus Cromer's case, remove life support

Beaumont Health filed a motion this week in U.S. District Court in Detroit to dismiss a case involving a 16-year-old boy on life support at its Royal Oak Hospital. → Read More

Some Michiganders get drugs in Canada, but not as many as before

Some Michigan patients are crossing over to Windsor for cheaper prescription drugs. But the patient volume is well below early 2000s levels. → Read More

2nd Michigan man dies from vaping-related lung injury

As vaping-related lung injury claimed the life of a second Michigander this week, health officials urge people to stop using e-cigarettes. → Read More

A cancer fight waged privately in the shadow of Michigan's capital

How Andrea Schroeder won a hotly contested Oakland County election, and then went on to win the fight for her life. → Read More

Doctors said her daughter had no chance of recovery. Then, Lakeisha Cherry got better.

Tales of recovery after severe brain injury are buoying the family of Titus Cromer, who was declared brain dead by Beaumont Hospital. His mom is in a legal fight to keep him on life support. → Read More

'We're living a nightmare, and we feel trapped,' says Titus Cromer's mother

In an exclusive interview with the Free Press, Titus Cromer's mom, LaShauna Lowry, gives new details about her son and why she doesn't believe he's brain-dead. → Read More

New Michigan rules allow transgender people to easily change gender on driver's license

Transgender people in Michigan can now change their gender identity on ID's for $9. They no longer need a birth certificate, passport or court order. → Read More

As Michigan gets closer to recreational weed sales, here's how it can affect your health

With marijuana set to hit store shelves Dec. 1 for recreational use in Michigan, doctors and hospitals are gearing up for a surge in emergency department visits. → Read More

U.S. Attorney: Beaumont must provide interpreters for deaf patients

A settlement was reached Wednesday between Beaumont Health and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan over allegations the hospital system violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. → Read More

17-year-old is first vape-injured patient in U.S. to undergo double lung transplant

Doctors at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital have performed a double-lung transplant on a 17-year-old boy with vape-associated lung injury. → Read More

17-year-old is first vape-injured patient in U.S. to undergo double lung transplant

The 17-year-old boy is believed to be the first person in the United States with vaping-related lung injury to receive a double lung transplant. → Read More

Henry Ford says its doctors performed first double-lung transplant in vape-injured patient

Doctors at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital have performed a double-lung transplant on a person with a vaping-related lung injury. → Read More

Doctors say Titus Cromer is brain dead, but lawyer says teen needs surgery

His skin is still warm to the touch. His heart continues to beat. But 16-year-old Titus Cromer Jr. is dead, Beaumont Hospital doctors told his family. → Read More

Answers to your questions about breast cancer screening: Is a 3D mammogram better?

As 3D mammograms become more widely available, women are left with questions about they're making the right choice for their health and their wallets. → Read More

5 Michigan kids died in house fires this week. Here's how to ensure it doesn't happen again

Logan. Briggs. Manolo. Juan. Ramiro. All 5 died in house fires this week. The best way to honor them: Ensure no other child dies the way they did. → Read More

Beaumont says Titus Cromer, 16, is brain dead. A judge says it can't pull the plug yet.

For the second time in a month, a teenager's life hangs in the balance as a Michigan hospital system and the child's family battle in court over who gets to decide to remove life support when a person has been declared brain dead. → Read More

Health officials: 81% of Michigan's vape-related lung injuries involved THC

New details are emerging about the spate of e-cigarette-related lung injuries that killed one Michigander and sickened 44 amid a national outbreak. → Read More