September 26, 2000 |
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.
February 17, 2014 |
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.
March 22, 1990 |
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.
July 15, 2009 |
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.
May 21, 1998 |
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.
October 1, 1993 |
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.
July 27, 1998 |
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.
November 17, 1993 |
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.
September 1, 2006 |
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.
December 20, 2001 |
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.