Father of Aaron Hatcher, a former special needs student that allegedly died after teachers within the Fulton County public schools physically abused him, has had a heart attack. Ronald Hatcher also known as Singer Rahn Anthoni had a heart attack at his Atlanta home on May 8th and will undergo heart surgery on Friday, May 11th at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Hatcher and his wife have recently filed a $10.5 million lawsuit against the district and 15 Fulton County public school employees according to WGCL-TV.
In March the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported a Fulton County Schools internal investigation substantiating teachers had physically and verbally abused special needs students, including Aaron.
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District officials never told the Hatchers of the abuse, according to the lawsuit.
The allegations include assault and battery, false imprisonment, negligent hiring, negligent supervision, intentional infliction of emotional distress and civil rights violations.
Dr. Justiz a Cardiothoracic Surgeon will head the delicate heart surgery, “pulmonary thromboendarterectomy”, which removes the clots from the pulmonary arteries and restores blood flow. The surgery involves opening the chest and can take from four to 10 hours.
Family and friends close to Hatcher insist his current health condition stem from the stress of the lawsuit and the death of his son, Aaron. Teachers involved have yet to be arrested.
According to WebMD, stress left unmanaged can lead to emotional, psychological, and even physical problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pains, or irregular heartbeats.
Medical researchers aren’t sure exactly how stress increases the risk of heart disease. Stress itself might be a risk factor, or it could be that high levels of stress make other risk factors (such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure) worse. For example, if you are under stress, your blood pressure goes up, you may overeat, you may exercise less, and you may be more likely to smoke.
If stress itself is a risk factor for heart disease, it could be because chronic stress exposes your body to unhealthy, persistently elevated levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Studies also link stress to changes in the way blood clots, which increases the risk of heart attack.
Stress can be caused by a physical or emotional change, or a change in your environment that requires you to adjust or respond. Things that make you feel stressed are called “stressors.”
Stressors can be minor hassles, major lifestyle changes, or a combination of both. Being able to identify stressors in your life and releasing the tension they cause are the keys to managing stress.
Below are some common stressors that can affect people at all stages of life.
- Illness, either personal or of a family member or friend.
- Death of a friend or loved one.
- Problems in a personal relationship.
- Work overload.
- Starting a new job.