March 8, 1990 |
The death of Loyola Marymount basketball star Hank Gathers has raised questions about the role physicians play in the arena of big-time college athletics. Medical ethicists agree that if Gathers ignored the advice of a cardiologist that he should stop playing basketball, then there was little the physician could do to stop him outside of breaking an adult patient's right to privacy.
March 6, 1990 |
The doctor who treated Hank Gathers after he fainted during a game Dec. 9 said Monday that the Loyola basketball star was healthy enough to play. "There was no debate as to what Hank was able to do," said Michael F. Mellman, an internist with Centinela Hospital Medical Center and a team doctor for the Dodgers and Kings. "In my mind he was physically capable to go out and play. But there was concern as to what Hank's problems were.
January 11, 1991 |
Speculating that the Los Angeles coroner's autopsy report on Hank Gathers might be wrong, defendants in the Gathers' family lawsuit successfully petitioned in Los Angeles County Superior Court Thursday to obtain tissue and fluid samples of Gathers for re-examination and to check some things they say were missed. In a declaration attached to the motion to subpoena the coroner's office for the samples, defense attorney John Aitelli said: ". . .
June 9, 1990 |
Attorneys representing the son and estate of Hank Gathers filed a multimillion-dollar suit Friday, claiming that the former basketball star died because of negligence by doctors and Loyola Marymount officials who conspired by concealing medical information to ensure Gathers would continue playing for the school.
March 9, 1990 |
The president of Loyola Marymount University said Thursday that, to date, he has been completely satisfied with his athletic administration's handling of the Hank Gathers situation. Father James N. Loughran, in an interview in his campus office, called a letter--dated Dec. 21, 1989 and signed by Dr. Michael Mellman of the internists medical firm of Mellman and Moe--his main exhibit on behalf of the university.
January 4, 1991 |
The Rev. David Hagan, a close friend of the family of Hank Gathers, said he was "uncomfortable" with how Gathers was getting money to give to his mother before he died.