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October 26, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Jamie Merrett, paralyzed from the neck down, was so worried about the quality of nursing care he was receiving at home that he had a camera set up in his room to monitor the activity around him. The Englishman's worst fears were realized when the camera recorded his nurse switching off his life-support system, apparently by accident, then fumbling to revive him while he lay helpless in bed. Merrett, 37, is now brain-damaged. On Monday, that grainy footage was broadcast on national television, shocking Britons and adding to the catalog of medical horror stories that have left many here bemoaning the state of the nation's vaunted National Health Service, or NHS. Health officials have apologized to Merrett's family for the incident, which occurred in January 2009 but was not publicized until the BBC aired the disturbing video Monday.
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October 26, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Jamie Merrett, paralyzed from the neck down, was so worried about the quality of nursing care he was receiving at home that he had a camera set up in his room to monitor the activity around him. The Englishman's worst fears were realized when the camera recorded his nurse switching off his life-support system, apparently by accident, then fumbling to revive him while he lay helpless in bed. Merrett, 37, is now brain-damaged. On Monday, that grainy footage was broadcast on national television, shocking Britons and adding to the catalog of medical horror stories that have left many here bemoaning the state of the nation's vaunted National Health Service, or NHS. Health officials have apologized to Merrett's family for the incident, which occurred in January 2009 but was not publicized until the BBC aired the disturbing video Monday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1985 | PAUL FELDMAN, Times Staff Writer
A Van Nuys physician was charged with attempted murder on Monday for allegedly removing, without authorization, the life support system of a brain-damaged patient at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. John Frederick Kappler, 55, an anesthesiologist who has been on the hospital staff since 1972, is accused of turning off the respirator used to keep Ben Wytewa alive in the medical center's intensive care unit.
OPINION
February 19, 2008
Re "Study finds dead zones at sea likely linked to warming," Feb. 15 If the oceans could talk, they would tell us that without them, Earth would be a lot like Mars -- cold, barren, inhospitable. It doesn't matter where on Earth you live; everyone is dependent on the existence of that saltwater masterpiece. There's plenty of water in the universe without life, but nowhere is there life without water. The living ocean drives planetary chemistry, governs climate and weather and provides the life-support system for all creatures on our planet, from deep-sea sponges to a garden rose or desert yucca.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1990 | SCOTT HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She had been an A student, her mother said, but when the baby came, she dropped out of school. Still, 19-year-old Karen Eickholdt had plans. Someday, she would tell her mother, she would get out of Compton and manage a big hotel--one in Hawaii, perhaps. Her dream ended at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday when she was removed from a life-support system at Greater El Monte Community Hospital.
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October 10, 1991 | RODNEY BOSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Located on the back roads of Fillmore, surrounded by citrus groves and rolling hills, five greenhouses contain vegetables grown in a way not common to Ventura County. They are being grown hydroponically. To the layman, this is soilless farming. Since 1987, the Bob Beylik family has grown cucumbers and tomatoes using an inert growing medium instead of soil. During a recent tour, Beylik's son Scott explained the process of their hydroponic farm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1989 | From a Times Staff Writer
A 3-year-old Pico Rivera girl was hospitalized in critical condition here Thursday after a two-car, multiple-injury crash on Interstate 5 north of Oceanside, authorities said. Children's Hospital spokesman Mark Morelli said Kathy Zapata was on a life-support system. Her mother, Laura Zapata, had pulled her Honda over to the median with car trouble shortly after 11 a.m., the California Highway Patrol said.
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November 30, 1986 | Associated Press
One of three West Virginia Penitentiary inmates who were stabbed during a Thanksgiving-eve attack was declared brain-dead Friday, officials said. Corrections Commissioner A. V. Dodrill said it would be up to the family to decide whether to remove the life-support system from inmate Danny Lehman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1994 | JEANNETTE REGALADO
A 6-year-old girl remained in critical condition Sunday after she was struck by a car as she crossed the street, a hospital official said. Authorities identified the child as Mary Beth Holliday of Granada Hills. She sustained severe head injuries and is on a life-support system, Los Angeles police said. The girl was walking with her 8-year-old brother at about 9 a.m.
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June 25, 1997 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Julius Riofrir, the 17-year-old who was hit by a baseball on Sunday, died early Tuesday morning after he was removed from a life-support system. Riofrir, the eldest son of Emmanuel and Julie Riofrir of Glendale, had been declared brain-dead Monday due to a severe head injury. Family members, who opted to keep him alive until organ donation arrangements could be made, said goodbye to him at about 12:30 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1996
In his frightening essay, "Dying by the Sea" (Sept. 4), Robert A. Jones describes the unchecked devastation of fish and bird life, as the Salton Sea, a major ecological resource of our region, has been progressively poisoned by detergent and toxic waste contamination as well as by salty runoffs from Imperial Valley farms. He estimates the cost of reclaiming the sea to be upward of $100 million and concludes by asking with evident pessimism, "Where does anyone get $100 million to fix the sea?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1994 | JEANNETTE REGALADO
A 6-year-old girl remained in critical condition Sunday after she was struck by a car as she crossed the street, a hospital official said. Authorities identified the child as Mary Beth Holliday of Granada Hills. She sustained severe head injuries and is on a life-support system, Los Angeles police said. The girl was walking with her 8-year-old brother at about 9 a.m.
NEWS
December 17, 1993 | GAILE ROBINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like monstrous tortoises, they amble down sidewalks in the early morning and late afternoon. Traveling alone, in pairs or in herds, these two-legged creatures with posterior humps infest the country, congregating in schoolyards. Those telltale lumps? Backpacks--the universal sign of the student. Tiny 5-year-olds piloted to kindergarten by a parent carry them. So do swaggering high school seniors. Age may figure in the choice of a backpack, but rarely does it affect a pack's basic contents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1992 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A motorcycle officer apparently driving the wrong way on a busy Van Nuys street was critically injured in an early morning collision Wednesday, prompting police to shut down several major streets and halt the flow of traffic for three hours, authorities said. Officer Raymond A. (Skip) Messerly Jr.
NEWS
March 30, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An infant who was born without a fully formed brain was taken off a life-support system, a hospital spokesman said. A court ruling in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., last week blocked the infant's family from having her declared brain dead so her organs could be donated to other children. The family's attorney told the Miami Herald that the baby, named Theresa Ann Pearson, was not expected to survive the night or, at the latest, die sometime today.
NEWS
March 30, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An infant who was born without a fully formed brain was taken off a life-support system, a hospital spokesman said. A court ruling in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., last week blocked the infant's family from having her declared brain dead so her organs could be donated to other children. The family's attorney told the Miami Herald that the baby, named Theresa Ann Pearson, was not expected to survive the night or, at the latest, die sometime today.
OPINION
February 19, 2008
Re "Study finds dead zones at sea likely linked to warming," Feb. 15 If the oceans could talk, they would tell us that without them, Earth would be a lot like Mars -- cold, barren, inhospitable. It doesn't matter where on Earth you live; everyone is dependent on the existence of that saltwater masterpiece. There's plenty of water in the universe without life, but nowhere is there life without water. The living ocean drives planetary chemistry, governs climate and weather and provides the life-support system for all creatures on our planet, from deep-sea sponges to a garden rose or desert yucca.
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