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September 26, 2000 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Penn State cornerback Adam Taliaferro remained in serious condition after surgery yesterday for a cervical spine injury he suffered near the end of the Nittany Lions' 45-6 loss to Ohio State in Columbus on Saturday. Taliaferro, 18, a freshman from Eastern High in Voorhees, Camden County, is expected to stay in the intensive-care unit at Ohio State University Medical Center for two or three more days before he is transferred to a spinal-rehabilitation center in the Philadelphia area.
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February 17, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Olympic skicross racer Maria Komissarova of Russia underwent a 61/2-hour operation to insert a metal implant in her fractured spine after a training accident Saturday. Russian freestyle ski federation spokesman Mikhail Verzeba said Komissarova fractured the 12th dorsal vertebra in her lower-middle back and was taken to a hospital in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, near the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park for emergency surgery. The federation said Komissarova was conscious, and described her condition as "grave" but stable, adding that it was likely she would need further surgery within weeks.
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March 22, 1990 | Compiled from Inquirer Wire Services
Pop-singer Gloria Estefan, who broke and partly dislocated a bone in her back Tuesday in a wreck on a snowy highway in the Poconos, was transferred to New York aboard a helicopter yesterday afternoon for spinal surgery. Paralysis remains a slim possibility, doctors said, and Estefan will most likely be off the stage for three to six months. Estefan, the lead singer of the Latin-pop band Miami Sound Machine and known for her energetic dancing onstage, has a "partial neurologic deficit" that is causing numbness in her feet, Harry Schmaltz said during a news conference yesterday at Scranton's Community Medical Center.
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July 15, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Spinal surgery for former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian has been delayed. The operation had been scheduled for yesterday in California, but the Las Vegas Sun reported that Tarkanian's son, Danny Tarkanian, said his father's blood is too thin for surgery. Doctors at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla will monitor the 79-year-old Tarkanian the next few days. They are to remove a bone spur pressing on the spinal cord. Tarkanian has had difficulty walking for several years.
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May 21, 1998 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Flyers defenseman Petr Svoboda is expected to have cervical spine surgery to relieve the numbness and stinging sensation in his left arm. Tests on the West Coast this week by a neurosurgeon, Robert Watkins, indicated that Svoboda needed microsurgery to repair damaged nerve vertebrae in his neck, the defenseman said. The Flyers have not signed off on this, and the surgery has not been scheduled. General manager Bob Clarke was in Toronto and could not be reached. "I don't understand everything, but from what they tell me, they're going to shave a little off the disk in my neck for the nerve roots," Svoboda said yesterday upon his return to his South Jersey home.
SPORTS
October 1, 1993 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It is a tiresome, two-hour pregame ritual that Bill Lacey has gone through 38 times in his four seasons at Villanova. Shower, stretch, pads, stretch, ice, stretch, electrical stimulation, stretch, full dress and stretch again. And the second before he leaves the locker room, the 6-foot-4, 285-pound Lacey limps over to the Rev. Bernard Lazor for something special that he can't get from the trainer, team doctor or chiropractor who work on him before kickoff. Lacey kneels down and Father Lazor blesses his back.
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July 27, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
A Chinese gymnast paralyzed in a fall at the Goodwill Games was able to sit up yesterday after successful spinal surgery, but doctors repeated that she probably would never walk again. Since the seven-hour operation Saturday to rebuild her upper spine, Sang Lan has regained some strength in her shoulders and biceps, said Dr. Vincent Leone, director of spinal surgery at Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y. But there has been no improvement in mobility in her hands, wrists and legs.
BUSINESS
November 17, 1993 | by Marc Meltzer, Daily News Staff Writer
At $70,000 a person, the tab for corrective-spinal surgery at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children is more than what Philadelphia Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children can afford to pay. To cut costs and stay in Philadelphia, Shriners wants a new medical complex to be built with Temple University Hospital in North Philadelphia. Otherwise, Shriners will move to Baltimore. But St. Christopher's and its parent, the Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation, oppose the Temple-Shriners project.
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September 1, 2006 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The doctor who performed spinal surgery on Shykem Lawrence Wednesday said yesterday that the paralyzed Woodrow Wilson High football player has "less than a one-in-1,000" chance to walk again. Lawrence, 17, a senior safety, broke his neck while making a tackle in a scrimmage at Eastern in Voorhees last Friday night. On Wednesday, David Clements, director of spinal surgery at Cooper University Hospital, performed 6 1/2 hours of surgery on Lawrence. Clements said the surgery "was successful in that we accomplished our goals" and stabilized the spine.
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December 20, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
As part of an effort to raise its profile among fans, Championship Auto Racing Teams hired Christopher Pook yesterday as president and chief executive officer. Pook, the founder of the Toyota Grand Prix, of Long Beach, Calif., replaces president and CEO Joseph Heitzler, who will remain chairman. Pook, 60, comes to CART from the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, where he served as president and CEO. Pook said he was released from his contract with Dover Downs Entertainment, which owns the Long Beach association.
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February 17, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Olympic skicross racer Maria Komissarova of Russia underwent a 61/2-hour operation to insert a metal implant in her fractured spine after a training accident Saturday. Russian freestyle ski federation spokesman Mikhail Verzeba said Komissarova fractured the 12th dorsal vertebra in her lower-middle back and was taken to a hospital in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, near the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park for emergency surgery. The federation said Komissarova was conscious, and described her condition as "grave" but stable, adding that it was likely she would need further surgery within weeks.
NEWS
December 29, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
The surgery was a success. But the surgeon at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington wanted to make something clear. "The first thing the doctor said after the surgery was, 'She'll always be behind the other kids,' " Rob Holiday said of the prognosis for his daughter, Chelsea, after an operation on her spine when she was 9. Chelsea Holiday had other ideas. "Every year we go back for a checkup and every year the doctors just shake their heads," Rob Holiday said.
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October 16, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Simone Durand Schulmann, 84, founder of what is now Durand Academy and Community Services in Mount Laurel, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Cypress Cove, a continuing care community in Fort Myers, Fla., following spinal surgery. She had resided in Moorestown. The academy website states that it provides "quality learning opportunities to individuals with pervasive developmental disorders such as autism. " Born in Aix-en-Provence, France, she earned her medical degree at what is now Aix-Marseille University and completed her internship at the former French Hospital in Manhattan, where she met her future husband, Marcel, an orthopedic surgeon.
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February 12, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE DOCTOR who operated on Lindsey Vonn's injured right knee thinks the four-time overall World Cup champion might return to the circuit as soon as November. That's the goal, with Vonn being back in top form by the Sochi Olympics, where she will try to defend her Olympic downhill title. Dr. Bill Sterett, a surgeon for the U.S. Ski Team, examined Vonn on Monday and was optimistic about what he saw: less swelling around the knee and an increased range of motion a day after a procedure to repair two torn ligaments.
NEWS
December 28, 2012
Inouye successor Schatz sworn in WASHINGTON - Democrat Brian Schatz, 40, is Hawaii's new senator after Vice President Biden administered the oath of office in a ceremony Thursday. He symbolized a generational change in Hawaii's Senate delegation. As he walked up the center aisle to meet Biden, Schatz took the hand of his new colleague, Sen. Daniel Akaka, 88, and helped the frail Democrat, who is retiring, stay at his side. A dozen Democratic senators and a handful of Republicans were on hand.
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September 14, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
AS JIM CALHOUN stood in his office at Gampel Pavilion, waiting for his final news conference as Connecticut's basketball coach, Pat Calhoun turned to her husband and gave him one final piece of advice. "Don't change your mind," she said. Calhoun had stayed on at UConn through cancer and a recruiting scandal. He refused to retire after winning a third national championship in 2011 because he didn't want a new coach to serve his NCAA suspension. He came back again to finish last season after another absence, this one for spinal surgery.
SPORTS
September 9, 2012 | Associated Press
Tyler Russell threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns, Marcus Green caught two touchdown passes, and Mississippi State beat Auburn, 28-10, Saturday in Starkville, Miss. Auburn briefly took a 10-7 lead when Onterio McCalebb returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to open the second half, but Mississippi State responded with 21 straight points. Auburn struggled through an awful offensive performance. Kiehl Frazier completed 13 of 22 passes for 125 yards, three interceptions and two lost fumbles.
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May 13, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Defenseman Chris Pronger has a 98 percent chance of making a full recovery from back surgery, said a doctor who performed similar operations on two former Flyers stars. Pronger and winger Kris Versteeg (sports hernia) underwent surgical procedures Thursday that were deemed successful by Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. A disk fragment that was pressing against a nerve was removed from Pronger's back by orthopedic surgeon Frank Cammisa in New York. Pronger will begin a walking rehabilitation in a few days, Holmgren said.
NEWS
February 11, 2011 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
In the end, the person who decided what's best for Mazerrati Mitchell - whose parents want to treat his spinal injury with natural remedies and whose doctors want to treat it with surgery - was a Delaware County judge. During a closed-door hearing yesterday, Judge Mary Alice Brennan ordered that Mitchell, 16, who suffered a bruised spine during wrestling practice last week, must undergo surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, against his wishes and those of his parents. "Spinal surgery is necessary; that's our position and that's what the judge ordered," said John McBlain, Delaware County solicitor.
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July 15, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Spinal surgery for former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian has been delayed. The operation had been scheduled for yesterday in California, but the Las Vegas Sun reported that Tarkanian's son, Danny Tarkanian, said his father's blood is too thin for surgery. Doctors at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla will monitor the 79-year-old Tarkanian the next few days. They are to remove a bone spur pressing on the spinal cord. Tarkanian has had difficulty walking for several years.
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