March 23, 1987 |
The mother of Philadelphia opera singer Joy Simpson said today that she was "extremely grateful for all the concern" expressed for her daughter, who was stricken with a brain hemorrhage while performing on stage last week in South Africa. "Her condition is not good at all," said Evelyn Simpson in a telephone interview from the City Park Hospital in Cape Town, where her daughter remains in extremely critical condition. "The doctor has done all he could do. At this point, we'll just have to wait and see. " A hospital spokeswoman said that Joy Simpson was in critical condition and in a coma.
January 6, 1989 |
Death-row resident Gary Michael Heidnik pulled out of his coma at a Pittsburgh hospital yesterday and was reported in fair condition, officials said. Heidnik regained full consciousness yesterday afternoon, said State Correctional Institution at Pittsburgh spokesman Tom Seiverling. His condition at West Penn Hospital was upgraded from serious to fair, Seiverling added. Heidnik, 45, gobbled a secretly stockpiled batch of his prescribed tranquilizer, Thorazine, last weekend in the prison, where he awaits execution for murdering two of the six women he had chained in his basement.
July 18, 2008 |
Welterweight contender Oscar Diaz had surgery for bleeding on the brain and was in a coma after collapsing between rounds of a nationally televised bout in his hometown of San Antonio. The 25-year-old fighter was taking a beating from Delvin Rodriguez on Wednesday night at Municipal Auditorium when he collapsed on his stool before the 11th round. Ron Katz, a matchmaker for Star Boxing, which promoted the fight, told the Associated Press that Diaz was in a coma and not breathing on his own after the surgery.
February 25, 1986 |
A Taiwanese girl who has been in a coma since a 1984 accident in which she nearly drowned will receive a cash payment of $36,373 plus $1,000 a month for life under an agreement reached yesterday in Chester County Court. The parents of the victim, Yi-Chen Chen, accepted the settlement during a conference in Judge Robert S. Gawthrop's chambers. Should Yi-Chen die, the agreement stipulates that the monthly payments be made to her estate for up to 20 years. Gawthrop said the agreement also calls for the payment of medical and legal expenses.
April 29, 2003 |
Prospects for the recovery of soul crooner Luther Vandross remained doubtful yesterday. Since suffering a massive stroke at home on April 16, the singer has been in a coma in the intensive-care ward at Weill Cornell Medical College in Manhattan. Vandross, who turned 52 on April 20, developed pneumonia last week and was given a tracheotomy on Wednesday to facilitate his breathing, a spokeswoman for the singer's label said yesterday. Doctors took precautions to safeguard the three-time Grammy-winner's vocal cords, she said.
May 11, 1991 |
He has sucked on a grape lollipop, rested in the arms of his parents and, as he recovers in his hospital crib, has improved from critical to serious condition. But doctors said yesterday that in addition to his right arm, Tyler Olson has lost as much as a quarter of his brain's cerebellum to surgery, and the nature of his recovery may not be known for many months. During a press briefing yesterday, doctors at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital said that the New Jersey boy whose right arm was bitten off by a wolf-dog hybrid had gradually emerged from a seven-day coma and was slowly improving.
May 3, 1991 |
Little Tyler Olson is clinging precariously to life. The toddler, who underwent emergency brain surgery Wednesday night, remained in critical condition in a coma this morning, said Dr. Leonard Graziani, director of pediatric neurology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. "He has not awakened, nor is he alert," Graziani said. "He's still in a coma. "We would all have been delighted if Tyler had opened his eyes and looked around. But given all that Tyler has been through, it would be perhaps too much to ask. " While the four-hour brain surgery removed the immediate threat to Tyler's life, the boy's general condition "really is largely unchanged," Graziani said.
August 2, 1995 |
A Riverside teenager has been arrested and charged with the aggravated assault and robbery of a fellow township resident in a Beverly church parking lot. The victim, Dale Deets, 27, of Burke Street, has remained in a coma since being found unconscious about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church on Warren Street in Beverly. His pants pockets were turned inside-out, suggesting a robbery, Beverly police said. Missing were his watch and a wallet, which had contained an undetermined amount of cash, officials said.
October 22, 1987 |
A Washington Township police recruit collapsed and went into a coma yesterday after a sparring match at the state police training academy in Sea Girt, officials said. The recruit, Patricia Quinn, 25, of the township's Wedgwood section, was on life-support equipment last night in the intensive care unit of Point Pleasant Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition. Washington Township Police Chief Richard Moore said Quinn was participating in "light" sparring at the academy as part of her training and had complained of headaches after leaving the boxing ring about 3 p.m. She collapsed a short time later and was rushed to the hospital.
March 24, 2001 |
Bill Johnson, the Olympic ski champion in 1984, remains in a coma after crashing during a comeback attempt in Whitefish, Mont., at age 40. Johnson, trying to win a spot on the team for the 2002 Olympics, suffered severe head trauma Thursday during a downhill warmup to the U.S. Alpine nationals that opened yesterday. His condition was unchanged overnight, said Jim Oliverson, a spokesman at Kalispell Regional Hospital. "He is stable, which is encouraging, but still critical," Oliverson said yesterday.