December 28, 2014 |
Richie Hartzel's friend meant no harm during the sleepover last January when he started rat-tailing a towel at the 13-year-old's back. But in that critical fraction of a second when what-ifs become what-nows, Richie turned to look over his shoulder. The tip of the towel snapped into his left eye, detonating in the cornea, the eye's outer layer, and ripping the iris that controls the amount of light that enters the eye. Richie's parents rushed over to drive him to the hospital and found that their son's entire eye had gone horrifyingly black.
December 16, 2014 |
Melvin McIlwaine had one of those weeks last week. His criminal fraud trial was to have started last Monday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, but he wound up in the emergency room, complaining of "cardiac arrest" followed by a day of nausea. So the only way to ensure McIlwaine stayed healthy - and available - reasoned Judge Angelo J. Foglietta, was jail. "I'll be here, even if I have a nosebleed," McIlwaine, 61, of South Philadelphia, protested when he appeared a day later before Foglietta.
October 10, 2014 |
WHO HAS EVER seen a baby pigeon? All the pigeons we see on city sidewalks are full-grown, but logic tells us there must be babies somewhere. It was kind of typical of Pete Nolan that he found two when he was living in Mayfair - out of their nests and seemingly abandoned. Pete took them in, got on the phone and found a sanctuary in Newark, N.J., that agreed to take the pigeons. Not only pigeons, but wild cats, rejected dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs and basically any creature that crawls or waddles and needs a home came into Pete Nolan's loving care.
October 6, 2014 |
When life gives you lemons . . . . "He was a beautiful, healthy, happy, newborn boy with a full set of curly black hair," Mom said, recalling his birth four years ago. "But then," she hesitated, painful memories obviously causing her to pause, "something wasn't right. " I listened intently as she recalled the multiple trips to the emergency room for crying fits and constipation at one month old. "They quickly diagnosed him with constipation and reassured us that he would be fine," she said, her frustration over the emergency room staff's ignoring her maternal instincts quite evident.
October 5, 2014 |
Hospital and public health officials are acutely aware of the public dismay at the poor handling of the first case of Ebola diagnosed - too late - in this country. Thomas E. Duncan, 42, arrived in Dallas from Liberia on Sept. 20. He became sick and went to a Dallas hospital on Sept. 25, but was misdiagnosed and sent home. He returned to the hospital by ambulance on Sunday and is now in isolation, in serious condition. About 50 people who came into contact with him after he developed symptoms - which is when the disease is contagious - are being monitored closely, including four family members who are under quarantine for 21 days at a Dallas apartment complex.
September 24, 2014 |
A 15-year-girl was killed and a 19-year-old man critically wounded by gunfire Monday afternoon on the street in front of Einstein Medical Center in the city's Logan section, police said. What might have been a fight among teens and young adults that started around Broad Street and Olney Avenue turned deadly in the 5400 block of Old York Road, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. About 4:15 p.m., police received numerous calls of a shooting near where Old York connects with Albert Einstein Drive, Small said.
August 11, 2014 |
Experts thought if people bought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, they would find a private doctor and stop using hospital emergency rooms for their primary care. Well, more people have health insurance. But they are still crowding into emergency departments across the nation. An online study by the American College of Emergency Room Physicians found that nearly half of its members have seen a rise in visits since Jan. 1 when ACA coverage began. A resounding 86 percent of the physicians said they expect that number to continue growing.
August 8, 2014
SEVERAL STATES have enacted laws in recent years that require doctors who perform abortions at clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. These laws, masquerading as measures to protect the health of women, are nothing more than underhanded attempts to obstruct access to abortion services. In every state where such a law has been passed, it would result in the closure of at least some abortion clinics, making it substantially more difficult for women to get the reproductive health care to which they are constitutionally entitled.
August 5, 2014 |
A Philadelphia man has been arrested and jailed in connection with the death of his two-month-old son. On Friday afternoon, police were called by staff at Einstein Medical Center, who reported that the baby boy, Hassan Armstrong, was in critical condition in the emergency room with extensive injuries to his ribs and skull. On Saturday, the child's father, Brian Armstrong, 20, of the 6200 block of Old York Road, was charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person, and simple assault.
June 28, 2014 |
Sometimes, a Good Samaritan turns out to be anything but. That's how Delores Cantz feels about an episode in March, when the 82-year-old slipped and fell while dancing at a party in Warminster. Cantz said that after the fall she got up and walked to a side room, where - to her surprise - a crew from the nonprofit Warminster Volunteer Ambulance Corps was waiting to evaluate her and take her to a local hospital. She refused what she thought was an unneeded emergency-room visit.