August 3, 2014 |
You might recall the name of Michelle Funk, the toddler who was submerged underwater in an icy creek in 1986 for more than an hour. When paramedics finally pulled her out, she was lifeless, cold and blue. Miraculously, as the American Medical Association later described it, the 21/2-year-old not only survived, she made a full recovery. No one had ever been "dead" for that long and brought back without severe brain damage. Funk's recovery is an extraordinary case of resuscitation, the act of bringing patients back to life.
July 5, 2014 |
Dan Algeo, 49, the longtime head football coach at Cardinal O'Hara High School, died Thursday morning at Abington Memorial Hospital. "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved coach, teacher, and friend Dan Algeo," the Delaware County Catholic school posted on its website. A prayer service was scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the school. Mr. Algeo suffered a heart attack Monday night and underwent surgery to open a blockage in his heart, according to the school.
June 17, 2014 |
PINEHURST, N.C. - Erik Compton has never won a PGA Tour event. He nearly picked a heckuva place to start. Many knew his story. Now it's out there for real. He had a heart transplant when he was 12. Then he had to have another 6 years ago. At 34, he's living his dreams. Or perhaps he's exceeding them. "It's a really special moment," he said yesterday at Pinehurst No. 2, after finishing a distant second to a guy who was pretty much unbeatable. "Nobody was catching [Martin Kaymer]
April 10, 2014 |
Raymond A. Jenkins II, 68, of Bristol, a Bucks County businessman, died Saturday, March 29, of a heart attack at the home of a friend in Philadelphia. With his sister, Darlette, Mr. Jenkins owned and operated Toad-Ally Snax Inc., a small company that makes chocolate-covered pretzels. Mr. Jenkins himself performed most facets of the business. He would go to the factory in Bristol, climb on a broken machine, find the problem, and fix it, said his longtime friend, Dawn Dugan. Then he would put on a business suit and fly around the country, negotiating with executives at Walmart, K-Mart, Sam's Club, BJ's, and supermarket chains about carrying the company's products.
April 4, 2014 |
Peter W. Dorsa, 71, of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., a truck driver for The Inquirer from 1987 until he retired in 2011, died at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, N.J., after a heart attack at his home. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Dorsa graduated from Roman Catholic High School and was a Marine Corps infantryman in Vietnam, a daughter, Joanne, said. He then was a member of the Army Reserve from 1974 to 1991. Mr. Dorsa began his career as a driver at Brink's, the armored car firm, she said.
March 28, 2014 |
Robert Goodman says a new heart hasn't made him a new man. Not yet, anyway. "I haven't quite gotten to the point of waking up every day and saying, 'I'm glad I'm alive,' although I do think about that," says the Westampton resident, 62. "I'm more amazed that I was almost dead, and nobody really knew it. Not even me. " Goodman, who's married and has a daughter in college, is a longtime runner and fitness buff. He wanted to avoid the fate of his dad, who died of a heart attack, at 50, "five months before my bar mitzvah.
March 19, 2014 |
THE FAMILY of the late radio legend and civic leader E. Steven Collins has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Chestnut Hill Hospital, saying its staff failed to immediately diagnose and treat the heart attack that killed him last fall. Collins, 58, arrived at the hospital at 9 p.m. Sept. 8, with the classic symptoms of a heart attack - pressure and pain in his chest, high blood pressure, labored breathing, clammy skin and related complaints, said attorneys Tom Kline and Dean Weitzman, who filed the complaint in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court yesterday morning.
January 6, 2014 |
Sixty-six days after his father died in bed of a massive heart attack, Geno Vento counted backward from 10 in an operating room in South Jersey. Rattled by his father's death and haunted by a family history of heart disease, Vento had decided to enlist a surgeon's help in his lifelong battle with obesity. Heir to one of South Philadelphia's cheesesteak empires, Vento was 40, 5-foot-8, and 366 pounds. He could not bend over to tie his shoes. He could barely hoist himself off a toilet.
November 24, 2013 |
Carmen Quinones wasn't feeling well when she got home one day last month after getting some blood work done to monitor her diabetes. She was short of breath and pale. She had to lie down. Then her chest started vibrating. About a year earlier, soon after her first heart attack, Quinones had a device implanted that would warn her when she was having another heart attack. Now, the alarm was going off, telling her to call her doctor. (If her heart problem had been more severe, a more urgent alarm with more vibrations would have told her to call 911.)