April 26, 2014 |
Sharr White's Annapurna (simultaneously running off-Broadway) is named for a mountain in the Himalayas. But this two-character play, in a fine production by Theatre Exile that opened Thursday, takes place high up in the Rockies, in Colorado - an odd place, given the altitude, for someone who needs an oxygen tank to breathe. That's where we find Ulysses (the extraordinary Pearce Bunting), a poet, clearly dying of emphysema and lung cancer. We meet him wearing nothing but a little greasy apron under his beer belly, a stained bandage across his chest, and the oxygen tank.
February 6, 2014 |
When Monnette Sudler's phone rang on Oct. 27, she recognized the number. It was Temple University Hospital. As she breathed oxygen from a tank, Sudler, 61, a Germantown jazz guitarist who has played with the greats, hardly dared to hope: Was this her chance for a new life? The caller asked how soon Sudler could get to the hospital. Lungs that were a likely match for her body were being flown in from out of state. She was there within two hours. As she was prepared for surgery, she thought nervously about what doctors had told her. One possible outcome: The transplant would succeed.
January 26, 2014 |
WEST OAK LANE Philadelphia police charged a West Oak Lane man with attempted murder Thursday, saying he starved and neglected his terminally ill mother - even going so far as cutting off the electricity that powered her oxygen tank, according to authorities. Lionel Bullock, 56, of the 7000 block of Woolston Avenue, was also charged with aggravated assault and neglect of care for a dependent person, said Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office. Bullock is awaiting arraignment, she said, adding that prosecutors will request that he be held on $1 million bail.
December 7, 2012 |
A post-doctoral researcher suffered minor injuries when an oxygen tank ruptured during an experiment Wednesday night at Rowan University in Glassboro. The victim, whose name and age were not released, was treated for facial cuts at the scene by medics and taken as a precaution to Kennedy Hospital in Washington Township, where she was examined and released, said Joe Cardona, the university spokesman. The tank ruptured around 8:30 in the Science Hall. Cardona said he did not know the nature of the experiment.
September 11, 2012 |
My morning run in Maine follows a three-mile loop. It begins with a climb through the woods, levels off, and ends with a gradual descent along the shore. Here, the trees part to reveal a sloping meadow that affords a sweeping view of Frenchman Bay and the majestic mountains of Mount Desert Island. The other day, at about that point, I was flying. Every cylinder was firing. My stride was long and strong. I felt as loose and light as the high school cross-country runner I once was. The ground kissed my feet, imparting energy.
February 29, 2012
HACKENSACK, N.J. - New Jersey fire officials said that an 82-year-old homeless man with emphysema accidentally caused a car explosion when his cigarette ignited gas from a leaking oxygen tank inside his vehicle. The Record reports that four people - the man, two police officers and Fire Department Lt. Stephen Lindner - were hurt in yesterday's explosion. Lindner was approaching the smoke-filled car with a hose when it exploded. An employee of a nearby store had pulled the man from the car. Fire Chief Matt Wagner said that the man, who wasn't identified, uses about a tank of oxygen a day and was storing them in his car. - Associated Press
November 7, 2011
HOUSTON - A murder charge has been dismissed against an ailing 76-year-old woman who spent more than four decades on the run after being accused of killing her husband by dousing him with hot grease. Mary Ann Rivera, who needs an oxygen tank to breathe, was arrested Oct. 11 after a Texas investigator tracked her down in Lake Park, Ga. She was brought back to Houston to face the murder charge. She allegedly threw grease on her husband, Cruz, in October 1970 at their Houston home.
August 11, 2011 |
Alfred J. Navazio, 88, of Bustleton, a pioneer in the use of aircraft for oil exploration, died of complications of emphysema on Sunday, Aug. 7, at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook. Soon after he was hired in 1949 as a photographer for Aero Service, an aerial surveying company, Mr. Navazio began collaborating with physicist Homer Jensen. The two developed equipment to search for oil and minerals from the air. Mr. Navazio's magnetic gradiometer measured changes in the Earth's magnetic fields to pinpoint the location of deposits.
May 26, 2011 |
A man who smoked despite relying on oxygen was killed and his wife was injured in a fire that ripped through a ground-floor garden apartment in Camden County late Tuesday, officials and neighbors said. The man, who was confined to his bed, was smoking when the fire started in a bedroom at the Bellmawr Manor complex on Kings Highway in Bellmawr, said the Camden County acting chief fire marshal, Paul Sandrock. He said careless smoking caused the blaze. A dog named Rocky was being called a hero by its owner because its incessant barking helped his wife and his two daughters escape their second-floor apartment.
May 9, 2011 |
FRANNY PAUL was a patient at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, walking the hall to get a little exercise, pushing her IV pole ahead of her, when she saw behavior that she absolutely couldn't tolerate. There were doctors going into a patient's room and not wearing sterilized gowns. "You're putting your patient at risk," she snapped at them. "You ought to be ashamed of yourselves. " That was Franny. When it came to knowing what was right and what was wrong, she pulled no punches, not even when she herself was a cancer patient fighting for her life.