February 22, 2013 |
DENNIS KYRIAKATOS is lying on the table in operating room 15 at Temple University Hospital, just minutes away from life-changing surgery. Sterile, green surgical cloth drapes his body, exposing only his torso. The antibacterial solution chlorhexidine painted on his chest and abdomen has turned his skin into a mustard-colored canvas. He has been anesthetized for more than an hour. At 75, Kyriakatos suffers from a faulty mitral valve, which allows blood to flow into the heart's main pumping chamber.
January 23, 2000 |
Matthew Scott takes enormous pleasure in the small things he can do - such as tying his shoes, driving with two hands on the wheel, picking up his 8- and 3-year-old sons at the same time, one with each arm. "I suppose taken individually they seem like nothing, but taken collectively they . . . make me happier than I ever thought," said Scott, 38, a paramedic from Absecon, N.J., who will celebrate his one-year anniversary Tuesday as the first American...
August 21, 1993 |
Little Angela Lakeberg's tiny fingernails were inted pink yesterday morning. Her Siamese twin sister Amy's were plain. The question of which twin would live or die had been settled. Now begins the battle of keeping the survivor alive. Doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia successfully separated the Siamese twins during a 5 1/2-hour operation in which they reconstructed the single malformed heart the infants shared, placed it inside Angela, and let Amy die. "This is a difficult kind of experience," said Dr. James A. O'Neill Jr. following the surgery.
August 20, 1993 |
Doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia said yesterday they would have to move quickly to separate the baby Lakeberg twins if either was to have even a slim chance at life. That is why they plan to cut them apart today, just four days after they arrived in Philadelphia. Because they share a single heart and a transplant is not feasible, the operation is an immediate death sentence for one of the girls. How much time it could grant the baby who keeps the heart is a mystery.
June 17, 1993 |
The head of cardiovascular surgery in Latvia on Tuesday thanked an open- heart surgery team at Bryn Mawr Hospital for bringing equipment, modern procedures and happiness to the European country in a recent visit. Janis Volkolakovs, professor of surgery and head of the general and cardiovascular department for the Latvian Academy of Medicine, toasted the open-heart surgery team at a reception in his honor at the Founders Bank Building. "I hope the contact we started can continue," he said.
October 11, 1992 |
In Browns Mills, success may be routine for surgeons and staff at Deborah Heart and Lung Center, but not in Lithuania, where complex heart anomalies went uncorrected because of a lack of equipment and knowledge of leading-edge surgical techniques. For children with those defects, death was nearly certain. Late last month, a 41-member surgical team from Deborah flew to Lithuania to change the odds of survival for 19 suffering children. Not only were delicate heart operations successful on all 19, but the surgical team also was able to impart advanced techniques to their Lithuanian counterparts.
September 18, 1992 |
A 41-member surgical and medical team from Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills will take off from Newark International Airport tomorrow for Lithuania, where the doctors will perform surgery on children with heart defects. The team from the Burlington County hospital is headed to Vilnius University Hospital, where it will attempt to help 20 children recover from congenital heart disease. Already there is medical equipment valued at $1.5 million that had been transported late last month by the 18th Airlift Squadron at McGuire Air Force Base.
February 14, 1992 |
Dear Jack: Welcome back! But don't you at least owe us a note explaining your absence? I'm sure the good nuns would have never let you return to your old desk without one. First, we were told that you were ill. Next, that you were in the process of recovering from some undisclosed surgery. Then, all of a sudden, you were back, without so much as a "scusa" for bumping Cal Thomas, thank you anyway. Yo, Jack (to borrow a Daily Newsism, which used to be a downtownism)
June 18, 1990 |
At 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, an off-duty Philadelphia police officer, Joaquin "Jack" Montijo, 35, looked out of a second-floor window and saw something that most police officers can't ignore: a man with a gun. A cop for just 19 months, Montijo became angry. "Enough is enough," he said to his girlfriend, Zoraida Perez. "This guy is going in. " Montijo drew his gun, which had been holstered on his right leg. Perez's pleas could not stop him from going out into danger, to face a man he had known and who had run up a lengthy police record, mostly for drug dealing.
May 3, 1988 |
The tiny, blonde 6-year-old tossed against the catheter and I.V. lines that bound her, jostling the fluffy red clown on her pillow. "Nyet!" said one of the nurses at Deborah Heart and Lung Center. "Nyet! Don't do that - in any language!" The girl, Maya Shrago, tossed some more, but finally settled down as the "beep, beep, beep" of the heart monitor insisted that yesterday morning's open-heart surgery on the Soviet patient had worked and that glasnost had come to South Jersey.