The mysterious death Tuesday afternoon of an 11-month-old Borough Park boy has shaken the largely fervently Orthodox neighborhood, as residents speculated about the legality of a baby-sitting operation in the basement of a three-family brick residence on 18th Avenue and 53rd Street.
Yechezkel Kraminer, the youngest of three children of full-time yeshiva student Baruch and his working wife, Chana, was dead on arrival at Maimonides Medical Center.
The symptoms — fatigue, a “really bad cough” — struck Lauren Weisman 10 years ago, a few weeks after she gave birth. The diagnosis, after three misdiagnoses, was cardiomyopathy, a rare form of heart disease.
Her condition worsened within months.
“Nothing” — not medicine, not rest — “was helping me,” said Weisman, of Holbrook, L.I., who was on maternity leave from her job as a speech therapist.
Bernice Myones of Seaford glowed as she watched her mother sing, clap and sway to the music as she and nearly 100 other residents of the Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Center in Commack helped celebrate her 108th birthday. Asked the secret of her mother's longevity, Myones, 71, chuckled.
"I wish I knew," she said. "I'd bottle it and sell it."
Her mother, Ann Kierstein, seated in a wheelchair and alert, offered no insight herself.
"You live naturally," she said.