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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1998 | MARGARET RAMIREZ and MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Just over a month after flesh-eating bacteria ravaged the right side of her tiny body, Baby Rosa celebrated her first birthday Friday with squeals of delight. The party at Northridge Hospital Medical Center had the usual balloons, cake, punch and plenty of presents from the doctors and nurses who treated the Oxnard infant as she battled the deadly bacteria. But the greatest gift could not be wrapped. Baby Rosa's freedom.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1998 | PHIL WILLON
Baby Rosa, the Oxnard infant stricken with flesh-eating bacteria, will be released from the hospital today--her first birthday. Rosa Olvera arrived at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in critical condition in early July, after surgeons in Ventura County removed muscle tissue and nearly 20% of her skin infected by the bacteria. At Northridge, Rosa underwent two skin grafts.
NEWS
July 26, 1998 | BARRY SIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Monday, Jan. 12, unfolded for Dr. Eugene Turner as did most of his days. Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., he saw a stream of patients at the Peninsula Children's Clinic here on the northern edge of Olympic National Park. All left feeling safe and cared for. So did their parents. Turner, a pediatrician who'd practiced in Port Angeles for 27 years, had that effect. With his tear-shaped eyes and white thinning hair and craggy features, the 62-year-old doctor conveyed boundless concern.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1998 | PHIL WILLON
The outlook is improving for the 11-month-old Oxnard girl stricken with flesh-eating bacteria, hospital officials said Wednesday. Rosa Icela Olvera was healthy enough to be taken off a ventilator, and the temporary skin grafts covering her extensive wounds were 90% successful, said Dr. Hooshang Semnani, head of pediatric critical care at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where Rosa has been receiving treatment since July 3.
NEWS
June 30, 1998 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
World health authorities are poised to embark on a treatment program that they say could reduce the number of children with AIDS in developing countries and save as many as 5,000 children's lives in the first year alone, researchers said Monday at the 12th World AIDS Congress. Of the 16,000 people who contract AIDS every day, 1 in 10 are infants who are infected during childbirth.
HEALTH
June 1, 1998
Nursing moms, take note: Whatever medicines you're taking get passed along to your child. Here are some points to consider. Most medications taken in normal doses are safe for the breast-feeding mother. But even safe drugs will be passed along in your breast milk and affect your baby to some degree. For example: * Antibiotics can cause diarrhea. * Antihistamines can lead to irritability. * Prescription pain drugs and sedatives can cause drowsiness.
NEWS
May 29, 1998 | JUDY PASTERNAK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"F/U. DAB." Follow-up. Drug-affected baby. Those cryptic notations on Rizwan Shah's appointment schedule once invariably signaled that the child in the examining room was born of a big-city, downtrodden woman who'd gotten pregnant while abusing crack cocaine. In the last three years, however, the pattern has changed.
NEWS
April 29, 1998 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
One of the four babies born prematurely to a 55-year-old woman this month has died after being disconnected from life support, according to sources. The girl was the tiniest of the four infants, all of whom weighed less than 2 pounds. The mother, who underwent treatments at a fertility clinic and who is believed to be among the oldest women to give birth to quadruplets, had been hospitalized after an unsuccessful attempt to keep her from giving birth prematurely.
NEWS
February 21, 1998 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The unusual prosecution of a Northern California doctor charged with the murder of an infant patient ended abruptly Friday when a judge said authorities failed to show that the physician had acted criminally. The case against Dr. Wolfgang Schug has outraged the medical community, which contends that doctors should not be prosecuted for medical mistakes.
NEWS
February 19, 1998 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In findings that could prove important for controlling the spread of AIDS in developing nations, short-term use of the drug AZT for infected women late in pregnancy and during delivery reduced transmission to infants by half, U.S. and Thai health officials announced Wednesday. This is significant because the therapy involves a shorter duration and much less expensive regimen of the drug than that typically prescribed for infected pregnant women in the United States.
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