dear karen, <P>very nice to see your input, as someone with a medical background. <P>i am wary of even discussing in this thread, as the personal story is SO personal, that it seems innappropriate to me, for others to converse about it publicly.<P>an ISSUE is raised, definitely, and the issue affects others - so CAN be talked about without hesitation (although 'solving' it might be harder!).<P>but as to discussing the PEOPLE involved - i am hoping we can avoid that. for example, one COULD draw conclusions from the father's staying out of the lawsuit - but they could be all wrong - maybe he just needs to deal with his grief in a different way, or maybe he can't bear to go over and over it, or maybe he just hates lawyers (as so many people DO!) - that isn't to say that the conclusion you draw would be wrong - but just that i, personally, view any speculation about the individual people, to be best avoided. (on the basis that it could only add to their pain, and that it IS speculative.)<P>you write - very sensibly, assuming this is true:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Furthermore, I would doubt that the Boston Ballet were aware of Guenther's genetic heart defect, which was certainly a contributor to her unfortunate demise. However her MOTHER certainly knew of it, and as far as I know did not inform BB about this.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>i had not picked up that anyone was aware of this, prior to her death. as you say, if the dancer was 21 or over, i suppose it would be up to the dancer, as employee, to declare health-problems when applying for a job? it is certainly understandable that any dancer might not admit to anything like this which might prejudice their application.....<P>the bottom line would seem to be accepting personal responsibility for one's health .....- but we've all been young, and possibly all who are older than 21 might look back on risks they took, with their safety or health, which might seem inadvisable with more maturity....<P>it's certainly a sad business. very sad.<P>i had better read the last linked article, to understand better (as you ask) why holmes is named. and to better understand the actual suit, as that is what potentially impacts on other dance companies.