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Joint Statement from Mark and Mindell Cohen and Johns Hopkins Medicine

February 23, 2004


The tragic death on December 4, 2003, of Brianna Rose Cohen, age two-and-a- half, of Owings Mills, Maryland, has brought immeasurable grief to the entire Cohen family and determination by Johns Hopkins Medicine to do whatever it takes to both prevent a similar occurrence and to appropriately honor Brianna’s memory.

Johns Hopkins has accepted responsibility for Brianna’s death and efforts to reach a mutually satisfactory settlement have been successful.

As part of the legal agreement, the terms of the settlement are to remain confidential. In the aftermath of Brianna’s death, Hopkins pledged to take all necessary steps to investigate the causes and to put into place measures to improve safety processes. Significant progress has been made toward this commitment.

We believe these ongoing efforts, along with the dedication of a playroom in Brianna Rose Cohen’s name at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, represent a meaningful and lasting tribute to her spirit and life.

A foundation in Brianna’s name to help other children with cancer has been established.  Contributions may be made to:

The Brianna Rose Cohen Foundation
25 Crossroads Drive
Suite 400
Owings Mills, Maryland 21117