May 18, 1990 |
Massive bacterial infections, such as the kind that killed Muppet master Jim Henson, are best treated with antibiotics and speed. But Henson evidently had passed the "point of no return" by the time he sought treatment, according to a professor at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Henson died Wednesday of a quick-spreading bacterial pneumonia. Robert Austrian, professor and chairman emeritus of the Department of Research Medicine at HUP, said yesterday that the bacteria, streptococcus, "can kill a patient rather quickly.
May 23, 2006 |
JOSEPH C. LANZA, a Philadelphia Orchestra violinist since 1958, died of pneumonia early Saturday morning. He was 73. "His life was the orchestra," Roslyn, his wife of 53 years said. "He was totally committed and dedicated to music. " On Saturday evening, before the orchestra's final concert of the season, Bach's "Air on a G String" was performed in his honor, and his chair was left empty. Lanza held the title of assistant principal second violinist, and could prominently be seen playing with youthful excitement.
April 24, 1990 |
Elizabeth Taylor, hospitalized for two weeks with pneumonia, has now been placed in an intensive care unit and attached to a ventilator to help her breathe. Hospital officials described her condition late yesterday as stabilizing after a lung biopsy to determine the cause of the pneumonia. Analysis of the tissue sample was expected to take until Thursday, said her spokeswoman, Chen Sam. The 58-year-old actress, who won best-actress Oscars for "Butterfield 8" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," is hospitalized in the intensive care unit at St. John's Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica.
February 24, 1987 |
A Philadelphia firefighter awaiting a city-funded, $130,000 liver transplant at a Pittsburgh hospital has developed pneumonia and cannot be considered for a transplant until his condition improves, hospital officials said last night. Tyrone Appling, 33, who was flown to Pittsburgh's Presbyterian-University Hospital on Thursday, remained in critical condition in the intensive-care unit last night as doctors fought to control the pneumonia. "He's still going through some evaluation procedure, but the main thing that is the holdup right now appears to be this infection that the doctors are treating," said Chris Shirer, a spokeswoman for the hospital.
December 9, 2002 |
John Chaney is officially sick of the way his Temple Owls have started the season. Yesterday, Chaney was admitted to Temple University Hospital with what a university spokesman called "a small case of pneumonia. " According to Temple spokesman Chet Zukowski, Chaney felt weary at the team's practice yesterday. The trainer persuaded him to go the emergency room, where the diagnosis was made and it was decided to put Temple's coach on intravenous fluids and keep him overnight.
February 24, 1987 |
A Philadelphia firefighter who needs a liver transplant has developed pnemonia and can't undergo the transplant until the infection clears up, according to officials at Pittsburgh's Presbyterian-University Hospital. Tyrone Appling, 33, of West Oak Lane, was listed in critical condition at the hospital, said Peggy Stoeff, a hospital nursing supervisor. Stoeff said doctors were uncertain how long it will take for the pneumonia to clear up. No decision has been made on whether Appling will be given priority over other liver-transplant candidates.
August 15, 1999 |
Merle Haggard, 62, has canceled his August tour dates after contracting pneumonia, his booking agent said last week. The country star is under doctor's orders to rest for two to three weeks. Haggard is at his home in Palo Cedro, Calif., and taking antibiotics. "He's exhausted," the agent said. "He's been touring nonstop and recording three albums whenever he gets a break. " Actor Jim Nabors, 69, is coming back nicely from a minor stroke suffered in late June, his assistant said last week in Honolulu.
May 23, 1990 |
The "galloping" bacterial pneumonia that killed Muppets creator Jim Henson last week can be controlled - but only if a person recognizes that a mild fever and cough suddenly has become much worse. Five symptoms can signal the onset of bacterial pneumonia, a condition that can be life-threatening, according to Dr. Paul Epstein, chief of Graduate Hospital's pulmonary division. "If a person with a low-level virus suddenly develops high fever and chill, a cough with phlegm, or phlegm mixed with blood, or chest pain, or shortness of breath, these five things should tip you off that you need to see a doctor immediately.
July 10, 2013 |
Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Newtown Square girl who received adult donor lungs last month after her family fought for a change in lung-allocation rules, now has pneumonia in her right lung, her mother said Monday. Through Facebook, Janet Murnaghan said that doctors believe the pneumonia was caused by "aspirations from her belly," or breathing stomach contents. She said Sarah had a "hard day" on Sunday but was more stable on Monday. She appeared to be responding to antibiotics, her mother said, but was requiring more breathing support from a ventilator.
July 5, 2013 |
The family of a North Philadelphia woman who died of misdiagnosed pneumonia has won a $2 million settlement in a lawsuit filed against Temple University Hospital, her lawyer said Wednesday. Mary Casiano, 25, went to the emergency room with pneumonia four years ago, but was diagnosed as having bronchitis and sent home with antibiotics, said the lawyer, Lawrence R. Cohan. Casiano, who was six months pregnant, returned to the hospital two days later with advanced pneumonia, he said.