June 26, 2005 |
It started with an e-mail cry for help. "Heart kid," the subject line said. Dr. Ellen Little, an American pediatrician working as a medical missionary in Kampala, Uganda, sent the message to all the doctors in her address book. "Many of you have said to me over the years, 'If there is anything I can do for you, just let me know,' " Little wrote. " 'Well, I'm not sure, but this may be your time.'
June 22, 2003
Re "Infant Murder Charges Dropped," June 11: How much longer can Orange County voters put up with the incompetence of Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas? A Superior Court judge threw out first-degree murder charges against Teresa Hurtado, a young woman who had been incarcerated since May 5, after the district attorney's office claimed that she had caused the death of an infant when baby-sitting. Had they bothered to check on the child's health record or even waited for the autopsy results, which clearly showed that the child had a congenital heart defect, this young innocent woman could have been spared the nightmare of being held in jail.
January 24, 2002
Congenital Heart Defect Led to Runner's Death Jason Kortekaas, a 17-year-old varsity cross-country runner at Victorville Silverado High who died Oct. 10 after being in a coma for 11 days following his collapse during a race at Yucaipa High, died of a congenital heart defect, the San Bernardino County coroner's office has concluded. The report said "the most single abnormal finding from the autopsy is the enlarged heart.
October 22, 1995 |
He has a Purple Heart. It lies beneath a ragged line in the middle of his chest. His nanny coos at him as she unbuttons his cotton jumpsuit, exposing the vivid incision made last month by a surgeon's knife. "Yes," she says softly, "he has his own battle scars." At first, no one saw a connection between Christian Coats' congenital birth defects and the fact that his father fought in the Persian Gulf War.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1994 |
Massive coronary arrest like the one that killed an 11th-grader on the basketball court in Irvine on Wednesday is extremely rare and usually triggered by some congenital heart defect, according to a heart specialist at UCI Medical Center in Orange. Dr. Byron Allen, UCI's director of coronary care, said that in the "vast majority of cases," adolescents who suddenly die during exertion "have some congenital heart disease that has not been diagnosed."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1992 |
An early Christmas present arrived special delivery Tuesday: Charles and Renee Shinn brought their son home, five months after he was born with a defective heart. "It's just the ultimate gift . . . the gift of life for our child," Renee Shinn said as she held Robbie, who had a heart transplant 12 days after he was born. "How could we ask for anything else?" Clad in blue jeans and a T-shirt declaring "I have a heart--donate!"