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March 23, 1987 | By FRANK LENNY, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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January 6, 1989 | By Kurt Heine, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
July 18, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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February 25, 1986 | By Meredith M. Henry, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
April 29, 2003 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
May 11, 1991 | By Michael E. Ruane, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 3, 1991 | by Marianne Costantinou, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 2, 1995 | By Tom Avril, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
October 22, 1987 | By Maureen Graham, Special to The Inquirer
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.
SPORTS
March 24, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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May 7, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
MURRAY, Utah - Ricardo Portillo's daughters had begged him to stop refereeing in a soccer league because of the growing risk of violence from angry players. Now they're planning his funeral after he succumbed to injuries late Saturday that had put him in a coma for a week after a 17-year-old goalie punched him in the head. Authorities say the teen punched Portillo, 46, after the youth was called for a foul and issued a yellow card. "The suspect was close to Portillo and punched him once in the face as a result of the call," police spokesman Justin Hoyal said in a statement.
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March 22, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Witnesses said abortion patients at Dr. Kermit Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic got to pick their anesthesia: one-size-fits-all doses that ranged in strength from "local" to "custom. " The "custom" formula - a potent cocktail of Demerol, promethazine, and diazepam - that Karnamaya Mongar got several doses of on Nov. 19, 2009, kept her unconscious throughout the abortion. It also put her in a coma and killed her, Pittsburgh anesthesiologist Andrew Herlich told a Philadelphia jury Thursday at Gosnell's murder trial.
NEWS
March 10, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Friends and family of Bailey O'Neill gathered Saturday to bid goodbye to the 12-year-old Collingdale resident, who died last week after being placed into a medically induced coma. During an emotional funeral Mass at St. Joseph's Parish in Collingdale, family members described Bailey as sweet and good-natured, a smart boy who loved his family and the Philadelphia Phillies. He had been placed in a coma after his nose was broken in what his parents have called a bullying incident on Jan. 10. Two weeks later -- after experiencing mood swings, memory problems and eventually seizures -- he was put into a medically induced coma at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, and then moved to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
NEWS
March 6, 2013 | By Rita Giordano and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Bailey O'Neill, honor student and ardent sports fan, turned 12 on Saturday. For months he had been preparing to receive the sacrament of confirmation, a Catholic rite of passage, at St. Joseph's Church on March 18. Instead, he received last rites on his birthday, and the Collingdale, Delaware County, church is now preparing for his funeral. After suffering seizures, O'Neill was put into a medically induced coma about two weeks after being punched in a schoolyard Jan. 10 in what his family has called a bullying incident at Darby Township School.
NEWS
February 10, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
ASIXTH-GRADER at a Darby Township school has been in a medically induced coma for more than two weeks after another student allegedly thumped him. Family members of Bailey O'Neill, 11, said two students were bullying the boy when one of them punched Bailey in the face, breaking his nose. Bailey was checked out by doctors at DuPont Hospital in Delaware and released, but a few days later, he started having violent seizures. "The doctors say it is a result of a blow to the head," the boy's grandmother, Joy Fecanin, told the Delaware County Times . The superintendent of the Southeast Delco School District said the district was cooperating with Darby Township police, who are investigating.
NEWS
February 10, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware County District Attorney's Office said Friday that it was investigating whether bullying led to a Jan. 10 schoolyard fight at Darby Township Elementary School in which an 11-year-old reportedly was seriously injured. "There is no confirmation that this altercation was a result of bullying," spokeswoman Emily Harris said Friday. The victim, Baily O'Neill, a sixth grader at the school, has since been hospitalized. The Darby Township Police Department is leading the investigation, which the District Attorney's Office is assisting, Harris said.
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | By Aron Heller, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - Seven years after a massive stroke removed him from office and left him in a vegetative state, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is able to process information and has exhibited "robust activity" in his brain, according to doctors who conducted recent tests. Though some hoped Sharon might regain consciousness and resume his life, experts warned that was highly unlikely. The medical team that tested him last week said Monday that the scans showed Sharon, 84, responding to pictures of his family and recordings of his son's voice.
NEWS
September 2, 2012 | By David Hiltbrand, INQUIRER TV WRITER
Medical technology evolves so quickly you wouldn't think there'd be much life left in Robin Cook's 35-year-old best-seller Coma , about a medical student who stumbles upon a ghastly conspiracy at a Boston hospital. But this four-hour mini-series (Mon. and Tues. at 9 p.m.), one of the last collaborative productions of Ridley Scott and his recently departed brother, Tony, is gripping. Its visual and narrative brio is fully cinematic. Lauren Ambrose ( Six Feet Under ) is a student taking a surgical rotation at Peach Tree Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2012 | By David Hiltbrand and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A rare amalgam of the medical and the supernatural, NBC's Saving Hope starts out with a bang. That's a teaser, because I'm not going to give away the show's bombshell first act. Except to say that I don't think I've ever seen a bride and groom take a taxi to their own wedding. When the sirens have quieted, we are left with the following premise: Dr. Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks), the charismatic and curiously muscular chief of surgery at Toronto's Hope Zion Hospital, is laying unresponsive in a coma.
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