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March 31, 1999 | JIM MacMILLAN/ DAILY NEWS
Doctor steps out from Temple University Hospital emergency room as police carry in an unidentified man who was shot yesterday afternoon. The victim was wounded in the head, thigh and foot at about 2:35 p.m. at 9th and Silver streets, authorities said. He remained on life support last night.
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January 10, 1989 | By Mark McDonald and Kit Konolige, Daily News Staff Writers
The parents of Thomas Lee, the youth who went into a coma after eating cyanide-laced yogurt, are considering asking that he be taken off life support. Hsin-yi and Frances Lee would approve the termination of their son's life support if an independent examination confirms diagnoses by doctors that the youth has little chance of ever coming out of a coma, family lawyer Robert Bodzin said yesterday. Lee, a junior at Haddonfield Memorial High School, "is comatose, unresponsive, and has no spontaneous respiration of his own" at West Jersey Hospital-Voorhees, according to a court document filed yesterday by the hospital.
NEWS
April 12, 1989 | By Daniel LeDuc, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
A citizens' committee on medical ethics joined yesterday a growing chorus of voices criticizing the state ombudsman for the elderly and his review of all decisions to discontinue life support for dying nursing-home patients. The group's chairwoman, Mary Strong, said the review is unnecessary and delays such decisions. "That causes a great deal of anguish on the families," she said. "The nursing homes can do nothing for fear of the ombudsman. " She said that the review, ordered by Hector Rodriguez, the ombudsman for the institutionalized elderly, also contradicts the findings of an extensive survey released in the summer by her group, the Citizens' Committee on Biomedical Ethics.
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November 5, 1987 | By Maureen Graham and Daniel LeDuc, Special to The Inquirer
A Washington Township police recruit who had been on life-support systems since collapsing two weeks ago at the state police academy after a boxing match was removed from the life support yesterday and pronounced dead. The recruit, Patricia Quinn, 25, was "brain dead," according to a statement from the Medical Center of Ocean County-Point Pleasant Hospital Division. Quinn was pronounced dead at 3:25 p.m. after her family approved removal of the life-support systems, the statement said.
SPORTS
September 27, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
The mother of Miles Dabord planned to ask doctors to remove life-support systems from her son, who is suspected of killing his brother, former NBA player Bison Dele. Patricia Phillips said that she and other relatives were going to hold a prayer service in Dabord's hospital room yesterday, then ask doctors to disconnect equipment. Dabord, 35, has been hospitalized in a coma at Scripps Memorial Hospital in Chula Vista, Calif., since Sept. 14, after he overdosed on insulin and failed to treat his asthma, Phillips said.
NEWS
June 7, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
An 18-year-old is on life support after accidentally shooting himself in the head in a house in Philadelphia's Kensington section, police said. East Detectives say the victim and two companions, described as a 13-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man, were in the living room of a home on the 1900 block of East Cumberland Street, when the gun went off around 1:30 a.m. The young man was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was reported...
NEWS
June 10, 2011
A 10-year-old boy remains on life support after a Monday-night fire in his Strawberry Mansion rowhouse, relatives said Thursday. Albert Blassengale, a Gideon School fifth-grader, suffered smoke inhalation when the fire broke out in the second story of his house on the 1800 block of North 27th Street. He was rushed to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. His father, Jimmy Blassengale, remains at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, recovering from smoke inhalation he suffered trying to save him. - Drew Singer
NEWS
July 14, 2011
A 3-year-old boy who suffered a severe head injury last month in a West Philadelphia apartment died Tuesday, and an autopsy was being conducted Wednesday night to determine whether his death was a homicide. Jaquinn Brewton died 10 minutes after being taken off life support, said his mother, Ashley Brewton, 28, who was at his bedside. Jaquinn was staying at the apartment of a family friend and her boyfriend in the 4700 block of Chestnut Street when he was injured June 29. The woman told police that the boy had fallen down stairs.
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February 29, 1992 | by Anthony S. Twyman, Daily News Staff Writer
Hopes of survival are dimming for Pia Peretta, victim of a shotgun blast to the face on Thursday. Peretta was listed in critical condition early today at Germantown Hospital, but friends from her old Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood say her chances are not good. Robin Anderson, 29, a friend of Peretta's since her days at Bartram High School, and Anderson's mother, Dorothy, both of Hadfield Street near 54th, said Peretta was on life support last night. Police believe Steven Boyd, 29, of Trinity Street near 58th, Peretta's former boyfriend, stalked her for days and then shot her in the face Thursday while she was in the parking lot of the hospital, near Penn Boulevard and Chew Avenue, where Peretta was employed.
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August 24, 2016 | By Stu Bykofsky
IF YOU HAVE never dialed 911 for an ambulance - and most of us haven't - you probably don't know that after the professional paramedics have taken you to the hospital, the city will send you a bill. A really big bill. It came as a shock to Roberto Roque, 56, who suffered a severe asthma attack four years ago while at the Asthma Center, 822 Pine St., across from Pennsylvania Hospital. Rather than risk liability by walking him across the street, the doctor called 911 to collect Roque and "drive around the block," Roque says.
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August 15, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
Police have identified a man who was found unconscious in Southwest Philadelphia and has been hospitalized for more than a month on life support. The man, believed to be in his early 50s, was found about 2 a.m. July 9 lying unconscious near the intersection of South 62nd Street and Grays Avenue. Medics took him to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Police over the weekend asked for help identifying the man. After a photo was distributed, the man's family contacted investigators, officials said.
NEWS
July 23, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Samuel Edward Smith was 16 and wanted a car. On May 8, 1996, he got one by murdering his Coatesville neighbor, a retired teacher and Episcopal minister. Smith confessed to hitting David Kenny, 64, with a wrench more than 20 times, which broke his skull, and also cutting his neck with a butcher knife. After two weeks on life support, Kenny died. To avoid the death penalty, the teenager pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and related charges in October 1996. He was sentenced to life in prison.
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July 29, 2015 | By Tom Avril and Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writers
Virtua Health Inc. sued the State of New Jersey on Monday to block a law, signed earlier this month by Gov. Christie, that transfers control of emergency medical services in Camden to Cooper University Hospital. Virtua, which currently provides the advanced life support, or paramedic, portion of those services, contends that the law gives Cooper an "exclusive privilege" without any rational medical basis, thereby violating the state constitution. Ordinarily in New Jersey, a hospital system seeking to provide emergency medical service in a region is required to submit a comprehensive "certificate of need" application to the state Department of Health.
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July 13, 2015 | By Tom Avril and Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writers
If all goes as ordained by New Jersey lawmakers, six months from now Camden will be served by a fleet of brand-new ambulances and emergency vehicles staffed by paramedics and medical technicians working for Cooper University Hospital. Cooper, a teaching hospital and a designated Level 1 trauma center, was authorized to take over these services in legislation signed by Gov. Christie last week. Will Camden residents needing emergency care be better off? They will be, Cooper officials promise and some EMTs cautiously hope.
NEWS
July 8, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Christie signed legislation Monday allowing Cooper University Hospital to take control of emergency medical services in Camden, a bill that drew criticism from the city's longtime paramedic-services provider. The measure, which some critics complained was fast-tracked by lawmakers and bypassed regulations, was passed without debate last month in both houses despite opposition from Virtua Health System, which operates the services in every town in Burlington and Camden Counties. Supporters have said the law will allow better coordination between EMS services and the hospitals that receive those patients, including follow-up care for patients who live in Camden.
NEWS
June 17, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - South Jersey Democrats are fast-tracking a bill that would give Cooper University Hospital control over paramedic services in Camden, currently run by a rival hospital, in a move that critics say circumvents state regulations. Committees in the Assembly and Senate on Monday each advanced the legislation, sponsored by two Camden County Democrats, Assemblyman Gilbert "Whip" Wilson and Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez. The legislation, introduced last week, is expected to reach the floor of each house for a vote before lawmakers break for summer at the end of the fiscal year, June 30, by which time they must pass a balanced budget.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2015
CONFUSION REIGNED yesterday as media outlets offered conflicting reports on Bobbi Kristina Brown 's condition. But one thing was clear: It hasn't been easy being Bobbi Brown. While the 21-year-old only child of R&B crooner Bobby Brown and the late pop goddess Whitney Houston remained hospitalized on life support after being found unconscious in the bathtub of her Georgia home on Jan. 31, her kin have been acting like they were in a nightmarish Tyler Perry movie.
NEWS
December 18, 2014
THE WOLF IS no longer at Golden Sunrise's door, thanks to a generous gesture by Philadelphia-based Republic Bank. The sole survivor in the Mummers' Fancy Division, Golden Sunrise had fallen on hard financial times. Its cash reserves were as low as a caterpillar with fallen arches and in its South Philadelphia clubhouse/warehouse the roof was leaking, a catastrophe-in-the-making for decades' worth of costumes, some of which are patiently recycled to save money. All this was reported in my Nov. 7 column, along with Golden Sunrise's efforts to raise $28,000 (enough to get it on the street Jan. 1 - which was never really in doubt, although it looked as if it would be the last strut - and also enough to get it on the street a year later)
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