Skip to main content


Return to Transcripts main page


The Micro Menace in Hospitals; Growing Up With Tourette's Syndrome; Dramatic Subway Train Rescue in South Korea

Aired November 11, 2005 - 20:00   ET


RICK SANCHEZ, CNN ANCHOR: Paula has the night off. And I'm Rick Sanchez. Thanks so much for being with us.
There's a hidden danger out there that we need to tell you about. And it's found in a place where you're supposed to go to get well. Is it possible that your doctor could be putting you and your family at risk?


SANCHEZ (voice-over): The micro menace -- a deadly infection you can get inside the hospital, even from your own document.

JEAN CANTWELL DOHERTY, DAUGHTER OF JEAN CANTWELL: I want his license. He should not be allowed to practice medicine.

SANCHEZ: How do you save yourself from a danger you can't even see?


SANCHEZ: Strange affliction, incredible courage -- young people waging a battle against their own bodies.


SANCHEZ: You won't forget their stories of living with Tourette's syndrome.

And amazing video that proves seeing is unbelievable -- this woman's dramatic effort to save her baby, this multitasking bank robber, busy on the phone. One burglar's lesson: Beware of the pistol-packing granny.




UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Someone just broke into my house.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Are they still there?



SANCHEZ: And Paris runs from the paparazzi right into trouble. Ouch.


SANCHEZ: And hello again, everyone.

Our lead story is something you really shouldn't have to think about when you go to a hospital, but you do. And here's why. Staph infections are suddenly up on the rise. According to the Centers For Disease Control, in fact, a half-million times a year, people, they go in for surgery and they come out with infections, sometimes deadly infections.

In a moment, we're going to ask our own medical specialist, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, about this -- but, first, one family's shocking story.

Here is Jason Carroll.


JASON CARROLL, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): At 75, Jean Cantwell was known as the matriarch of her family.

JEAN CANTWELL DOHERTY, DAUGHTER OF JEAN CANTWELL: She supported each and every one of us. She genuinely cared and took time for each and every one of us. She held us together.

CARROLL: Cantwell wasn't one to slow down. So, when her back started to hurt, she chose to have spinal surgery at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. Nearly two weeks later, she died.

WILLIAM CANTWELL, HUSBAND OF JEAN CANTWELL: She did not have a dignified death, if there's such a thing of dying peacefully. I think she struggled right up to the moment she died. So...

CARROLL: Cantwell's family says her death could have been avoided. She died of a staph infection. An investigation by the Massachusetts State Health Department found, the operating physician, Dr. Thorkild Norregaard, had unknowingly infected her. It's common for people to carry staph bacteria in their nostrils and not know it.

Most hospital infections are due to staph bacteria. But experts we spoke with say most of the carriers are patients. Following Cantwell's death, Dr. Norregaard tested positive for staph.

CANTWELL DOHERTY: I want his license. He should not be allowed to practice medicine.

CARROLL (on camera): A spokesman here at Mount Auburn Hospital released a statement, saying their investigation concluded Cantwell's tragic outcome could not have been anticipated or prevented.

(voice-over): But Cantwell's family said they never would have had Dr. Norregaard operate if they known he had other patients who had been infected with staph.

In August of last year, one month before Cantwell's surgery, the hospital discovered three of Norregaard's patients had contracted staph. All had survived. The hospital's internal investigation concluded, the cases were a coincidence and not likely linked to the doctor.

Several days after Cantwell's surgery, Dr. Norregaard examined her. And while she didn't have high fever, her surgical wound wasn't healing properly. Dr. Norregaard thought there may have been a problem with the stitches. The family now believes it was the first signs of a staph infection.

CANTWELL: All I can think of is, you know, I don't know what his motives are any, but he was in denial. He just -- he didn't want to see a staph infection.

CARROLL: Two days later, after Norregaard saw Cantwell again, she was running a high fever and was readmitted. Her organs began shutting down.

CANTWELL: I could just see in her eyes that she wanted -- she was saying to me, can't you do something?

CARROLL: But, in the end, there was nothing to be done. And her family made the painful decision to remove feeding tubes that kept her alive. Tests by the state's health department confirm Dr. Norregaard had infected her and another patient, who survived.

FRANK REARDON, ATTORNEY: We have had this situation reviewed by experts. They do not believe we could have done a better job.

CARROLL: Dr. Norregaard wouldn't comment. His attorney says, the health department said the allegation the hospital did not take prompt action was determined to be invalid.

REARDON: No, he has a great deal of empathy for this family. He's been practicing neurosurgery for over 25 years. And the patient actually improved as a result of the surgery from her underlying condition.

CARROLL (on camera): But she died.

REARDON: But -- but he has a -- well, yes, and he has incredible empathy for the family in that regard.

CARROLL (voice-over): Dr. Norregaard resigned from Mount Auburn, citing a professional disagreement with the hospital. He hopes he will be able to some day return to the operating room once all investigations are concluded.

Mount Auburn has named a lecture series on safety after Jean Cantwell.

CANTWELL DOHERTY: Supposedly, when they have their opening lecture, there will be a -- a member of the family that is asked to speak. I don't think I will be asked.

CARROLL: If they do, she is more than ready.

Jason Carroll, CNN, Boston.


SANCHEZ: Joining me now is our senior medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Sanjay, don't we go into this with an expectation that we're not going to get any sicker when we come out? So, are you as surprised as we are to hear this?


I mean, for sure, Rick, I think there is a general expectation. You go to the hospital to get well. And I think, when people get sicker than they were before, that is surprising, I think, for anybody, patients and doctors included.

But keep in mind as well, Rick, that, in -- in hospitals, not surprisingly, there are lots of sick patients. And, as a result of having lots of sick patients around, there are a lot of what we call bad bugs, you know, bad bacteria that can circulate around a hospital. So, hospitals can in fact be dangerous places, which is why doctors have placed so much premium on getting patients out of the hospital more quickly -- Rick.

SANCHEZ: But let's follow the track here, if we could. We're not just talking about other patients making patients sick. We're talking about, perhaps, then patients making doctors or other medical personnel sick, who then pass it on to their patients.

Question then: Should they be tested? Should medical personnel be routinely tested to make sure this doesn't happen?

GUPTA: It's a controversial issue, for sure, Rick.

And here are a couple of reasons why. Just the average person, doctors and patients included, the average person has -- about 20 to 30 percent of them carry around some of these bacteria in their body normally. About 20 percent to 30 percent do, as was the case that we just heard about as well.

The question becomes, if they -- if this person who is carrying around this bacteria becomes someone who can also spread that bacteria, then, that needs to be tracked. That needs to be watched. And those people probably should be tested. But I think testing everybody will probably give you a low yield. And you are not going to want -- know what to do with all those people.

SANCHEZ: There -- you know, there may be people watching us right now who have surgery coming up. And they are thinking, what do I do to protect myself? Question: antibiotics -- I'm told that, in 50 percent of the cases, people aren't given antibiotics before being cut. Should they always take an antibiotic?

GUPTA: Yes. I have heard about 30 percent. About 70 percent of the time, they are given antibiotics.

A couple of rules of thumb. One is, you probably can talk to your doctor about getting antibiotics before your operation. Another important thing that we -- we -- we talk about this a lot as surgeons -- is that you should get the antibiotics about 60 minutes before your operation actually takes place. Why?

Because you got to give the antibiotics some time to work. Too often, the patients get the antibiotics right at the time of surgery. And that's probably a little too late. Also, I mean, the simple things, Rick -- you and I talk about this all the time, making sure all the people that are coming in contact with you when you are sick are washing their hands, they are taking care of themselves...


GUPTA: ... and, most importantly...

SANCHEZ: But, you know -- let me -- how -- how do you -- most people respect doctors like yourself so much. We pay you so much. I mean, how do you come up to your doctor and say, Doctor, make sure you wash your hands? Is that -- would you find that insulting?

GUPTA: No, I -- I wouldn't, because it's absolutely expected to happen in a hospital.

You know, they make it easy in hospitals. In fact, you have sinks in the room. You have the dispensers just outside the room. They make it as simple a process as possible, because it is a -- it is a big problem. You spend all these resources, all this time, all this money to taking care of patients. Simply not washing your hands can erase a lot of that. So, hospitals play a lot -- place a lot of premium on that, Rick.

SANCHEZ: Well, I will tell you, with staph infections seemingly on the rise, it's great information that you have shared with us, as usual.

Good to see you.

GUPTA: Thanks, Rick.

SANCHEZ: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, thank you.

GUPTA: Good to see you.

SANCHEZ: Here's another bit story that we're following on this day tonight.

A third American is dead as a result of the hotel bombings that we have been telling you about in Amman. You may not know Moustapha Akkad's name, but you may have heard of some of his work. Now, he produced "Halloween" horror movies. You remember the flick? Now, we should tell you that his daughter was also killed in these bombings.

What we want to do now is -- is get the very latest on this investigation, as it progresses.

And, for that, we take you directly to Jordan now and our senior international correspondent, Nic Robertson, who has been following the story.

Nic, we understand al Qaeda -- al Qaeda has claimed responsibility. We also understand there may be as many as 12 arrests. Are we talking about an al Qaeda cell directly then?

NIC ROBERTSON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, certainly the deputy prime minister here has said that this is like other al Qaeda attacks.

This is a typical al Qaeda cell size, for a three-man attack team, if you will. Bomb-makers would have been involved, logistics, transportation, planning, financing, somebody providing spiritual guidance. So, this sort of 12 men -- or 12 people arrested for three people attacking, that could be very much an al Qaeda size cell, yes.

SANCHEZ: Nic, let me ask you, there have been a lot of refugees that have been pouring over the border from Iraq into Jordan. Are some of those refugees insurgents, or are they now turning into insurgents once they get there? How big a fear is that for Jordanian and U.S. officials?

ROBERTSON: Big concern -- about 800,000 Iraqis estimated to have fled the fighting there now living in Jordan.

What concerns the Jordanians, their intelligence services have been very good about knowing who the terror suspects are in Jordan, keeping them under close scrutiny. Now they have 800,000 new people. They don't know who is among them. They don't know if there are insurgents coming across with them. That is what they fear. They don't see so well into these communities -- communities. They don't have the penetration. They don't have the people inside those communities telling them who are the bad guys and who is doing what.

This is turning into a bit of a blind spot for the Jordanian intelligence services -- Rick.

SANCHEZ: A simple question, but is there any way of screening them at the border?

ROBERTSON: No, there isn't.

I mean, they come across. You don't know who they are. You have their papers. Unless the Iraqis are passing on intelligence information, unless you have got some intelligence agents buried, perhaps, into their tribes, into their families, even, you aren't going to know who they are or what they are about. And you may have some Jordanians inviting friends across the border, too, who they are sympathetic with, or perhaps have been told X, Y or Z is coming across. You look after them. You put them up in your house. You take care of them. So, this is -- this is a new problem that the Jordanians are having to deal with -- Rick.

SANCHEZ: Nic Robertson, following that story for us diligently, we thank you for that report.

When we come back, a Wisconsin woman disappeared this week. A man who spent nearly two decades in prison for a rape that he didn't commit tells reporters the police were out to pin her disappearance suddenly on him.


STEVEN AVERY, WRONGLY CONVICTED: I look out the window, is there a squad car here? Are they going to pick me up? When are they going to pick me up? When I'm sleeping, are they going to come in? I always got that fear.


SANCHEZ: A DNA test got him out of prison -- coming up, why police think he may be going back.

Later, Paula takes us into the world of some fascinating children. There is nothing wrong with their minds, but they can't control their bodies.

We have also got some pictures that will really open your eyes. Look at this. This is a train. It's pulling out with a baby carriage in the doorway. And -- and -- and somebody has got to stop that train.


SANCHEZ: Welcome back.

Tonight, in Wisconsin, a man who was once wrongly convicted of rape and then cleared is now suspected of another crime. And, this time, it's murder. So, first, he is thought to be guilty. Then he is considered to be innocent. What's it going to be this time?

Keith Oppenheim has the story.


KEITH OPPENHEIM, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In Wisconsin, Steven Avery had become a symbol of a flawed system. He spent 18 years in prison, convicted of a rape he never committed. Two years ago, after new DNA evidence proved him innocent, Avery walked out the prison gates. He was a free man, until now.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I intend to file a criminal complaint in Manitowoc County charging Steven Avery with first-degree intentional homicide.

OPPENHEIM: Since October 31, Wisconsin police have been searching for this woman, Teresa Halbach, a 25-year-old photographer. She was shooting pictures of cars that day for "Auto Trader" magazine. She had an appointment at Avery's auto salvage, the junkyard owned by Steven Avery's family.

AVERY: I hope she shows up soon, so, then it would be all over with.

OPPENHEIM: During the search, Steven Avery was giving interviews, telling reporters he was innocent, that he believed, once again, police were out to get him.

AVERY: I worry about it every minute. I look out the window, is there a squad car here? Are they going to pick me up? When are they going to pick me up? When I'm sleeping, are they going to come in? I always got that fear.

OPPENHEIM (on camera): But you had nothing to do with this disappearance?

AVERY: No, no. I would never do nothing like that.

OPPENHEIM (voice-over): But, within days, police found Halbach's vehicle hidden under branches and auto parts in the Avery junkyard, and then more evidence in the junkyard, the partial remains of a female they believed was Teresa Halbach. The body had been burned.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To know that one human being can do this to another human being is beyond belief.

OPPENHEIM: Avery was taken into custody for illegal possession of guns police found in his home. Even though he had been exonerated for rape, he had a history of other crimes.

(on camera): Those include burglary and, perhaps most eerily, cruelty to animals. In 1982, police charged Avery for pouring oil and gas on a cat, then throwing that cat into a fire to watch it burn.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The trial process...

OPPENHEIM (voice-over): Today, police announced they had enough to charge Steven Avery with murder. They said traces of his blood and Teresa Halbach's were found in her car.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Also, DNA evidence from the suspect, Steven Avery, was found upon the key, the ignition key that started Ms. Halbach's vehicle.

OPPENHEIM: A key, police say, that had been hidden in Steven Avery's bedroom. For this community that had been looking and praying for this young woman, the news was devastating.

Mike Halbach is Teresa's brother. MIKE HALBACH, BROTHER OF TERESA HALBACH: We -- we did believe 100 percent that we would see Teresa again. And we know we will see Teresa again. It looks like it won't be here on Earth, but it will be in heaven.

OPPENHEIM: The investigation is not over. We have made attempts to reach Avery's attorney, who prosecutors say told them Friday he is no longer on this case. CNN's calls have not been returned.

Steven Avery could go back to prison, this time, for life.

Keith Oppenheim, CNN, Calumet County, Wisconsin.


SANCHEZ: Now, we should tell you that Avery could be charged by next Tuesday. For his part, he says that he fears officials are after him because he filed a $36 million lawsuit over the wrongful-death conviction.

Well, still ahead, Paula is going to take us into a world of some incredible kids. Don't let their body movements put you off. They are really smart and they're likable. But they just can't control what happens to them sometimes.

Also, get a load of this. Police say that she's robbing a bank, but she won't hang up. We are going to get to that story in just a little bit.

But what we want to do now is go to Erica Hill for Headline News and get an update on the hour's top stories -- Erica.


On this Veterans Day, one Marine and two more American soldiers have died in Iraq. In a speech to a largely military crowd in Pennsylvania, the president lashed out at critics of his Iraq war policy. He called them deeply irresponsible for accusing him of misleading the country.

And critic, like Senator Edward Kennedy, fired back. Kennedy accused the president of turning Veterans Day into a political event and attacking those who want to get the truth about flawed intelligence.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a surprise visit to Iraq. Rice met with the U.S. ambassador and military officials.

And, tonight, we have learned the student suspect in the Jacksboro, Tennessee, school shootings earlier this week had been ejected from a school for kids with drug and alcohol problems earlier this year. The 14-year-old faces first-degree murder charges in the death of an assistant principal.

And former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson is charged now in Brazil with assaulting a photographer. Tyson reportedly denied that, but says he K.O.'ed the camera because the man wouldn't stop filming.

And, Rick, those are the headlines at this hour. We will see you again in a little bit.

SANCHEZ: All right, thanks so much, Erica.

Still ahead right here, a story coming up with some really amazing pictures. They are also, though, terrifying. The train door closes on a baby carriage with the baby in it. And then the train suddenly starts to pull away. What happens? That's next.

Also, some people won't get their cell phones -- or won't take their hands off their cell phones, even when they are robbing a bank?


SANCHEZ: And welcome back. I'm Rick Sanchez, filling in for Paula.

What we want to do right now is share with you some extraordinary video that would like you to see, two stories, really.

First, a bank robber in Virginia, he's caught on tape during a holdup. You aren't going to believe what she is doing the whole time.

Here now, Brian Todd.


BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): She looks distracted. Maybe even rude, but law enforcement officials in Northern Virginia say this young lady is more focused than she appears.

SHERIFF STEVE SIMPSON, LOUDOUN COUNTY, VIRGINIA: This particular bank when she went in, was apparently on the cell phone when she went in the door, went over to the teller, handed her a note, opened up a brown purse, and showed her that it was a handgun inside the purse. The teller gave her the money, and out the door, she went.

TODD: At this bank and two others in Northern Virginia, law enforcement officials say the woman was on her cell phone while conducting robberies.

They say she has robbed a total of four banks in the area over the past month, all of them branches of Wachovia Bank. No one has been hurt, and officials won't say how much money she has gotten away with.

But there are key questions authorities say they cannot answer. Is she talking to an accomplice? Is the person at the other end directing her, reassuring her, or even threatening her? Is there someone at the other end, or is the phone just a prop?

Authorities and criminologists also have different theories on why she is using a phone. PROFESSOR JACKIE SCHNEIDER, CRIMINOLOGIST, AMERICAN UNIVERSITY: She might be thinking that it's a distraction. She just looks like a normal person talking on the cell phone. And the bank teller isn't suspicious in anyway, shape or form. And there's no guns blazing. There's no hooded, You know, scary people coming in.


TODD: Only a suspect now described by authorities as a Hispanic woman, 18 to 20 years old, about 5'5'', with dark curly hair and a very strange M.O. -- Rick.

SANCHEZ: Brian -- I would imagine, Brian, it would be pretty simple to figure out if she was talking on the phone at that time, right? They can go to the logs?

TODD: Not -- not -- well, not so simple. They don't know if the phone was even turned on. She is speaking in some of these cases, but they -- they don't really know if she's kind of playing around, if she's faking it, if someone is at the other end, maybe directing her. It's a very strange case. They have no cell phone records right now. And they are just trying to find out if there's anyone on the other end.

SANCHEZ: So, the guess right now is, it was probably either a ruse or something that she was doing to try and make it look like she was not robbing a bank at the time, right?

TODD: Right now, the best working theory is that she is trying to blend in. By being on the cell phone, she looks like any other customer. And that's kind of her -- her way to approach the teller without alerting the teller to anything.

SANCHEZ: Brian Todd with a story that seems a little bit too -- too -- a little unbelievable there. We thank you so much, Brian.

Now, what -- what we want to do now is show you something that happened on a -- on a subway, something that, for any parent, would be an absolute nightmare. It happened in South Korea. It involves a toddler, a stroller and a subway door.

Here is Sohn Jie-Ae.


SOHN JIE-AE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It was her wedding anniversary. And Lee Chang-hee and her one-and-a-half-year-old son were on their way to meet Lee's husband for lunch. She was in the subway station near her home, which she normally used. A surveillance camera captures what happened next.

While Lee tried to get the baby on to the train, the doors closed, trapping the baby's stroller. The train started moving. Lee desperately fought to free her son. A nearby woman noticed Lee's struggle. Somehow, the two women unbuckle the safety belt that locked the baby into the stroller. LEE CHANG-HEE, MOTHER (through translator): As I was being dragged, I was afraid my baby would get hurt, so I untied the belt. At the same time, I was being dragged. I tried to get up, but my jacket was caught between the doors.

JIE-AE: Lee managed to toss the baby away from the danger, and a third passenger picked him up. But now Lee could not free herself.

CHANG-HEE (through translator): As I was getting dragged and as the subway was heading toward the dark tunnel, I thought, I am going to die.

JIE-AE: Luckily the train stopped, after dragging Lee about 30 yards. Luckily, the conductor happened to look out and see what was going on.

(on camera): Subway officials say, the near tragedy in this station was caused by faulty sensors on the doors. And they blame the train conductor for not making sure everyone was safely on board before he left the station.

(voice-over): The crumpled baby stroller is a stark reminder of just how terrible this day could have been. But the baby suffered no injuries. And Lee Chang-hee's minor scrapes will heal soon. But her memories of this wedding anniversary will last a long, long time.

Sohn Jie-Ae, CNN, Seoul.


SANCHEZ: We really want you to stay with us for this next story. Paula is going to introduce us to some -- well, some remarkable kids. They -- they are afflicted with a mysterious disorder that makes them constantly twitch and move. That's what it looks like. There are thousands of them all over the country. What's it like growing up with Tourette's Syndrome?

And then, later, a veteran who has seen the inside of both a World War II concentration camp and a North Korean prison camp -- you're not going to want to miss his life, his story.


SANCHEZ: We want to warn you that what you are about to see may be a little tough to watch. It's a story about children. And as you watch them, you're going to want to give them a big hug, to try and make what they have go away. What they have is Tourette's syndrome. It doesn't go away. It's involuntary. And it's important you know that, for their sake.

Paula prepared this story and left it with us for us to share with you.


PAULA ZAHN, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): Uncontrollable grunts. Bizarre outbursts. Seemingly violent ticks.


ZAHN: Tens of thousands of kids across America suffer from them daily. The neurological disorder known as Tourette's syndrome, which you might have thought of as an adult's disease, can strike when kids are just toddlers.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They like come out all the time.

ZAHN: Collin has had Tourette's for as long as he can remember.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Actually, when I was born, I came out and I had my head shaking somehow. I don't know. That's what I was told, is that I was brought up, my whole life I was shaking my head.

ZAHN: Home video shows Collin shaking his head as he takes some of his first steps. Then at age 3, as he opens presents. By the time Collin is 6, he's shaking his head and coughing -- classic indicators of Tourette's, and ticks he still has today at age 13. Ticks he's likely to have for the rest of his life.

11-year-old William knows how Collin feels. He also has Tourette's. They both met with me to honestly talk about what it's like to grow up with this disorder.

(on camera): So, Collin, how old were you when you realized that your head was shaking like that?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I guess I always realized it. It's just -- it was always just so natural for me that sometimes I can't even tell if I am or am not doing it, if I am at the most comfortable of comfortable situations.

ZAHN: You are pretty comfortable right now on a beanbag chair. Do you know that you are shaking your head?


ZAHN: Is it embarrassing at times?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's like, you know, those dreams where you have a dream where you are like walking into school and you notice, oh, my God, I'm in my underwear. When you are a new kid at school, it's almost exactly what it's like for most people with Tourette's syndrome.

ZAHN (voice-over): Tourette's generally appears in kids sometime between the ages of 2 and 15. Boys are three to four times more likely to have the disorder.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is involuntary. We can't help it.

ZAHN: That sudden urge to do or say certain things can be overwhelming. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One of my big ticks is like breathing through my nose, but like really quick and up my nose really quick. Or that kind of stuff. And I don't -- I don't know. And blinking. I blink pretty fast.

ZAHN: Dr. Barbara Coffey is the director of the Institute for the Study of Tourette's and Movement Disorders. She says ticks can sometimes be partially controlled. But in the long run, it's uncomfortable for kids not to let them out.

DR. BARBARA COFFEY, DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF TOURETTE'S AND MOVEMENT DISORDERS: If you think of it like a sneeze, when you have a sneeze, the feeling builds up before you sneeze and it goes away once you actually sneeze and release it. It's very similar to the tick, and many kids experience a very uncomfortable feeling of tension or pressure or discomfort inside of them before they have the tick.

ZAHN: In this video, you can actually see a young girl struggling with her Tourette's. After holding it in all day, she finally lets out her ticks.

Tragically, there's no cure for Tourette's syndrome. Although as some kids get older, it does become easier to control.

COFFEY: In general, it's not necessarily a lifetime of the same degree of symptoms. In general, the symptoms improve in many, many children.

ZAHN: But adolescence, already a tough time for many, can be especially difficult for kids like Collin and William.

(on camera): Collin, what do you think is the hardest thing about having Tourette's?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It would have to be school, substitutes, that whole area.

ZAHN: And how do they deal with you?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just people that don't know. There are some people that don't get dealt the card, hey, this kid has Tourette's syndrome. It's basically you are just sitting there and you're shaking your head, and eventually you're going to be ticking and coughing and coughing and ticking, and shaking your head and coughing, and she's just going to be like, what is this? You go outside. So I usually do go outside, and then...

ZAHN: So no one has even bothered to explain to the substitute...


ZAHN: That you have Tourette's.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No. ZAHN (voice-over): It's that kind of ignorance and insensitivity that these young teens want to end. That is why both William and Collin, along with 21 other kids, participated in a new HBO documentary "I Have Tourette's, But Tourette's Doesn't Have Me." A film showing the daily struggles of thousands of kids dealing with this heartbreaking syndrome, every minute of the day, fighting to control the uncontrollable.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I want everyone who hears me right now to understand that it's not contagious. It is not a mental disability. Everyone who has Tourette's is the same as you, and anyone, really.


SANCHEZ: We understand.

One more thing: The documentary that Paula just mentioned, "I Have Tourette's, But Tourette's Doesn't Have Me," it premieres tomorrow night on our sister network, HBO.

You know that saying you hear from time to time, don't mess with Texas? Well, that goes double for a Texas grandmother that you are about to meet. See, she says that a guy broke into her house. So she fought back. There's a 911 tape that proves it. You're going to hear it. You will in fact, if you just stick around.


SANCHEZ: And we welcome you back.

Texas is full of wide-open spaces. However, those spaces aren't always empty. There are some varmints out there, as you may know.

That's why some people in Texas carry guns. And sometimes those varmints can be pretty big.


SANCHEZ (voice over): Sixty-six-year-old Susan Buxton carries a .38 caliber pistol to protect her puppies from coyotes when they are out in the yard.

SUSAN BUXTON, TEXAS RESIDENT: I carry it in my purse. And it's just easier to keep it on my nightstand, carry it in my purse. And it's just the gun of choice around the house.

SANCHEZ: Last Wednesday, her problem wasn't a coyote. It was a man who broke into her house. Susan Buxton grabbed her gun. Her granddaughter grabbed the phone and called 911.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Someone just broke into my house.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Are they still there?


BUXTON: And I said get down or I'll shoot.

SANCHEZ: Wednesday night was real frantic. Now, though, she can talk about it more calmly.

BUXTON: And I said if you run, I'm going to shoot you. I'm going to shoot you. He opened that door and I shot. And it went right through the door and through his leg.

And he was out here screaming. He said, you shot me. I said, I told you I was going to shoot you.

SANCHEZ: The intruder ran into the yard. Susan Buxton ran right after him.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Are they coming or not?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Put the gun down.


SANCHEZ: And there's this when Susan Buxton put the gun down, the intruder ran away.

Police found him about three hours later bleeding from a leg wound. Buxton says that's because she's a good shot and wasn't shooting to kill. She knows what she was doing, she says.

Turns out police wanted this man on suspicion of being a car thief. Christopher Lessner has been charged now with burglary, evading arrest and also unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

As for Susan Buxton, she isn't being charged with anything because it was self-defense according to police and according to her.

Also, her gun was legally registered. She'd even been through a training course on guns.

We have a whole lot more to bring you.

Some really special Veteran's Day tributes coming up. Barbara Starr is going to introduce us to a one-time soldier, who endured prejudice and enemy prison camps. Camps, keyword there.

But, his bravery had been overlooked until just last month.

SIBILA VARGAS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I'm Sibila Vargas in Hollywood, where a night out with Paris Hilton and friends turns to a brush with photographers, a car crash and the police.

We'll go to the videotape when PAULA ZAHN NOW continues.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) SANCHEZ: And welcome back. I'm Rick Sanchez.

You never know who you're going to run into in Hollywood or who is going to run into you. Then again, since it's tinsel town, even a minor car accident can turn into an international media event, especially when Paris Hilton is in the car.

Sibila Vargas has the story now of a fender bender that has a whole lot of people bent out of shape.


VARGAS (voice over): Time, the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Location, outside Hollywood hot spot Element. Players, Paris Hilton, her new shipping heir boyfriend, Stavros Niarchos, don't be confused he is the second Greek shipping heir she's dated, reality star talent Talan Torriero from MTV's Laguna Beach and Kimberly Stewart, daughter of Rod Stewart.

They were all trying to get away from the paparazzi. CNN has obtained this video from entertainment news service In it, we see Stavros Niarchos covering his head from the cameras ram a Cobra Bentley into a parked truck.

After backing up, watch as he speeds through the crowd of onlookers. Later that night the cameras catch up with the car again. Niarchos is still driving and the mics pick up his shout.

STAVROS NIARCHOS, GREEK SHIPPING HEIR: I'm [ bleep ] scaring myself.

VARGAS: Also, caught on tape LAPD officers with the group. We know it's later that night because of the damage to the car, but we cannot verify exactly when or why the police were there.

On the tape, Talan says...

TALAN TORRIERO, LAGUNA BEACH: I'm the only sober one. Let's just go.

VARGAS: It definitely sounds like he's saying, I'm the only sober one, and he wasn't the one driving when they hit the truck.

On the video we never see police conduct a sobriety test, ask for a Breathalyzer or hold them for questioning.

Moments later, Hilton turns to the officer and says...

PARIS HILTON: Thank you, officers. We love the police.

VARGAS (on-camera): The video raises serious questions.

Did Paris Hilton and her friends get preferential treatment?

(voice over): We contacted the LAPD, which is now investigating to see if there was a violation of procedures. The department says it will, quote, "determine the nature of the contact between Hilton's group and the police, whether the officers detained the group or whether the group flagged down the officers."

Police say they are also investigating what they are calling an apparent hit and run collision that appeared on the video.

Sibila Vargas, CNN, Los Angeles.


SANCHEZ: We should do this as a caveat to the story. We did try to contact Paris Hilton and the passengers in the car. Got no response. We did speak with Kim Stewart's publicist, who only said she was a passenger in the car and that, according to her, nobody was hurt in any way.

If you are jumping into your car or turning your home's heater this weekend, you are going to want to hear the latest on oil prices.

In fact, Erica Hill has that in her "Business Break" headlines.

HILL: Rick, oil prices continuing to slide, and that is encouraging for investors.

Today for the first time since July, the cost for a barrel of oil settled below $58 a gallon. That's good news for producers, and, of course, consumers worried about home heating costs.

GM stock gaining four percent toady after union workers voted to pay more of their health care costs. Ford and Daimler Chrysler plan to ask for similar concessions of their workers.

And Dell Computer higher on the day after the largest PC-maker said it would buy back more than a billion dollars worth of its own stock. Dell shares slumped yesterday when the company predicted a lackluster outlook.

All together, the Dow gaining more than 45 points to end -- to settle at a three-month high to end the week. It is the third week in a row the averages have finished higher.

And Peter Drucker, finally, he is known as the father of modern management died in California. Drucker's advisers eagerly sought by government and company as they struggle to adapt to a changing 20th century.

Peter Drucker was 95 years old.

And Rick, those are your business break headlines. Enjoy your weekend.

SANCHEZ: All right, thanks so much Erica.

Well, he's done thousands and thousands of interviews and he's got another good one tonight. Larry King joining us now to let us know what he's got coming up. What you got Larry?

LARRY KING, CNN HOST: Hey, Rick. We've got the country music star, Mindy McCready. An incredible story. She was attacked by her boyfriend. She tried to break up. Now she's pregnant. There's lawsuits involved. It's very complicated. We'll have psychologist Dr. Robi Ludwig on as well.

Mindy McCready at the top of the hour. We'll include your phone calls, and now back to my man, Sanchez.

SANCHEZ: Hey, that's a good look for you tonight, Larry. I like it.

KING: You like it? It's like the "Goodfellas."

SANCHEZ: Kind of European, some would say. Thanks buddy.

KING: Go get 'em, Rick.

SANCHEZ: Next, a veteran who made some unbelievable sacrifices for his country. And now, half a century later, he's finally been recognized with the nation's highest military honor. We will bring you that story, you will see it right here. Stay with us.



GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: On Veterans Day, we also remember the troops who left America's shores, but did not live to be thanked as veterans. On this Veterans Day, we honor the courage of those who were lost in our current struggle.

We think of the families who lost a loved one. We pray for their comfort. And we remember the men and women in uniform whose fate is still undetermined.

Our prisoners of war and those missing in action. America must never forget their courage, and we will not stop searching until we have accounted for every soldier and sailor and airman and Marine missing in the line of duty.


SANCHEZ: The president taking this day to make some important comments. As you can see, surrounded by veterans.

And we can't let this day end without paying tribute to our veterans as well. There were parades, there were speeches all over the country today.

You saw the president, also Vice President Dick Cheney placed a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. Marine General Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Vietnam veteran himself, led a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. A war that he fought. Now, for our own tribute, Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr found a man whose appearance, well, his appearance may fool you. He doesn't look like Rambo, doesn't have the John Wayne demeanor. What he did, though, for our country went unrecognized for years. Not anymore.


BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It says a lot about Teddy Rubin that he keeps the nation's highest award for valor inside a shopping bag, carefully wrapped up.

How this 76-year-old man risked his life in Korea for his buddies, half a century ago, is extraordinary enough. But how he got there is remarkable. Teddy Rubin has the accent of his native Hungary. As a Jewish child, he was sent to the Nazi concentration camp in Mauthausen, Austria. His sister and mother would die in the gas chambers of Auschwitz.

TIBOR "TEDDY" RUBIN, MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: I have a little sister, 10-year-old. Beautiful, not because my sister, absolutely gorgeous. That's the only one I cannot forget.

STARR: The Nazis murdered his father. Teddy Rubin and his older brother survived.

RUBIN: Six years.

STARR: Six years older than you?

RUBIN: Yes. He helped me. He helped me.

STARR: In 1945, American soldiers liberated Mauthausen. All a grateful Teddy Rubin wanted to do was come to America and join the army that gave him freedom.

RUBIN: I want to pay back my dues because America army liberated me in Mauthausen.

STARR: He volunteered to fight in the Korean war. In one battle, he single-handedly held a hill position for 24 hours, jumping from foxhole to foxhole, firing weapons, throwing grenades.

He killed hundreds of North Koreans. Teddy Rubin would be recommended four times for the medal of honor. But the paperwork never got passed up to higher authorities. He again faced anti- Semitism. This time, from an American army sergeant.

RUBIN: Every time I come back, he said that, you're back. You know, you -- Jews, nothing can kill you.

STARR: Then, in the brutal North Korean winter of 1950, Teddy Rubin's unit was captured. He was sent here, to Pyoktong, camp No. 5, a prisoner of the Communist Chinese.

As a POW, Rubin used the survival skills he learned in the Nazi death camp. His fellow soldiers were sick and starving. They looked to him.

RUBIN: He said, what can I do? You Jews know everything. That's what they told me. I said, if I know so many things, what the hell am I doing here?

STARR: On many nights, he escaped and then came back with a stolen food.

RUBIN: I had no brains too much, but I have a lot of guts. You know? Because, you know, I had made up my mind, the Lord like me. I'm not going to get killed.

STARR: And when Teddy Rubin buried his comrades, he gave them the last thing he had to offer, Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead.

RUBIN: I don't try to become Jewish or anything else, but that's the only prayer I know.

STARR: In recent years, the army reviewed Rubin's record and made it right. Now he is honored by a president.

BUSH: He set an example of what it means to be an American.

STARR: How does Teddy Rubin look back now at everything that happened to him?

RUBIN: I don't carry no hate, you know? I am not hating the Germans. I am not hating the North Koreans, and I'm not hating the Chinese for one reason only. If you get involved to hate all these people, you only going to hurt yourself.

STARR: Barbara Starr, CNN, Garden Grove, California.


SANCHEZ: A soldier's story. His name is Tibor. He wants you to call him Teddy. That was Barbara Starr reporting.

Now, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, as of September, there are more than 24 million living former service members. To all of you on this night, we say thanks.

Well, that's it for now. "LARRY KING LIVE" is next. Country singer Mindy McCready tells us how she survived a relationship that she says, nearly look her life.

Thanks so much for being with us. Have a good night, and also, have a great weekend everybody.


© 2007 Cable News Network.
A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines. Contact us. Site Map.
Offsite Icon External sites open in new window; not endorsed by
Pipeline Icon Pay service with live and archived video. Learn more
Radio News Icon Download audio news  |  RSS Feed Add RSS headlines