April 26, 2000 |
When Jose Avillaneda slipped across the border nine years ago, he had little more on his mind than steady work and sending money back to his parents, six sisters and two brothers in Mexico. Now, with his kidneys failing, the fate of the soft-spoken 29-year-old father may rest in the hands of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Avillaneda is praying that the state will pay to continue his treatment. A decision may come as early as today. An undocumented immigrant with no health insurance, Avillaneda said he is willing to risk deportation because he knows he will die without continuing treatment, leaving his wife to care for four young sons.
February 14, 2003 |
Juanita Jacobs, 66, whose devotion to her profoundly retarded daughter created a love story in its purest form, died Feb. 6 of kidney disease at Einstein Medical Center. A Florida native, Mrs. Jacobs grew up in the Tioga section of Philadelphia and was a resident of West Oak Lane. For 17 years, Mrs. Jacobs took care of her daughter, Scherri - remarkable in itself because Scherri Pearl Jacobs was not expected to live more than 24 hours, said Mrs. Jacobs' husband of 33 years, Edward, her only immediate survivor.
January 24, 1997 |
Carlos Rogers, the Toronto Raptors forward who is considering donating a kidney to his sister, joined her yesterday after she slipped into critical condition at a Detroit hospital. Rene Rogers, 29, was put on dialysis after her one good kidney started to fail. Henry Ford Hospital spokeswoman Kelly Brady said she is not currently strong enough for a transplant. She has a severe infection that leaves her on dialysis, hospital officials said. Carlos Rogers and a family friend, Henrietta McFadden, gave a statement to reporters at the hospital but took no questions.
December 8, 1992 |
Members of a Shared Ride advisory panel expressed frustration yesterday as a high-ranking SEPTA official tried to explain SEPTA difficulties in taking control of the transportaion program for the elderly. One woman representing senior citizens on the panel got so upset that she walked out of the meeting at Pennsylvania Hospital saying, "It's an insult to our intelligence to have to sit through this thing again and again. " Similar frustration was evident among roughly 25 representatives of day health centers, kidney dialysis units, senior centers and senior citizen groups, all upset with SEPTA for the performance of the Shared Ride program over the last month.
May 21, 2000 |
Timothy Kane was asleep in his home on Blakiston Street near Torresdale Avenue yesterday when the spectacular warehouse fire broke out less than a half a block away. "My daughter heard the fire engines and started screaming," he said a few hours later, as he and his daughter, Ericka, 9, sat in a shelter set up by the Red Cross. After the screams rousted him, Kane said, "I was looking out the window, heard a couple explosions," and decided to get away fast. "My daughter was panicking," Kane said, "so I figured we better get out. " Kane, 40, left without grabbing Ericka's two cats and without even putting socks on his slippered feet.
May 8, 2002 |
Bucks County Sheriff Lawrence R. Michaels, who was reelected last fall for a fifth time after assuring voters that his failing kidneys would not prevent him from serving a full, four-year term, said yesterday that he would resign shortly. "Physically, I'm OK. I just don't have any stamina anymore," said Michaels, 71, who has been undergoing daily dialysis sessions since his diagnosis last May. "I thought I could carry it off for four years. " To some county Democrats, the timing had just as much to do with politics as with Michaels' illness.
September 29, 1994 |
Jay Buchanon, West Chester University's offensive line coach, knew something was wrong. His feet and knees were swelling and he continually felt tired. Two years ago, following a checkup, his physician told him the bad news. "They took a kidney biopsy and found there was no tissue left in my kidney to save," Buchanon, 27, said at yesterday's weekly college football luncheon. "They said I would need a transplant or go on dialysis. "I didn't really believe it. Having a football mentality, I figured that I could shake it off. It took me a while to come to grips with the fact I needed a transplant.
March 19, 2002
THE RECENT unbelievable issuance of visas for two of the dead terror "pilots" who destroyed the Trade Towers is a call to arms. Let's accelerate the investigation into the obvious criminal negligence, stupidity, irresponsibility and corruption throughout all levels of our society and agencies responsible for homeland security, from the CIA, FBI and INS, right down to the flight school that led to our country being vulnerable to the horrific attack...
January 24, 2007 |
A yearlong journey for a reverend and a rabbi ended yesterday. Not only do they pray to the same God, but now they share something else - the rabbi received the reverend's kidney. Last January, at a meeting of the Greater Mount Laurel Interfaith Association, the Rev. Karen Onesti noticed everybody asking Rabbi Andrew Bossov how he was feeling. "Have you been sick?" she asked him. The rabbi explained that he'd had colitis a decade ago, and doctors had put him on an experimental drug.
April 5, 1998 |
KURT JENSEN REFUSED TO LOOK at his young life as a tragedy. And so, as the nurse slid an inch-long needle into his arm to begin the process of cleansing his blood, Jensen, a diabetic, spoke of how kidney dialysis was a way of buying time until he received a transplant. "For a diabetic, illness is the norm," he said evenly. "It sort of inverts the natural experience of life in which illness is the aberration and health is the norm. You're simultaneously sick and healthy all of the time.