October 1, 1990 |
After 39 months of captivity in the Middle East and another five months recovering from throat cancer, Robert Polhill finally returned home Sunday. Polhill, 56, was welcomed with a parade and hundreds of well-wishers wearing yellow ribbons. More than 500 people lined Main Street in this Hudson River city to catch a glimpse of the former hostage and listen to a brief ceremony held in his honor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1990
Some thoughts on the report of Robert Polhill's cancerous larynx. Unfortunately, this man has been, as millions are, held hostage by the tobacco industry. If this isn't terrorist activity, what is it? Just a business, they say. The terrorists group that kidnaped Robert Polhill released him, safe and alive. Can the tobacco people assure him the same? KEN JOHNSON Buena Park
May 18, 1990 |
Surgeons removed the voice box of former hostage Robert Polhill on Thursday in what doctors called a successful operation to rid his body of cancer. "He's in intensive care after undergoing surgery," Walter Reed Army Medical Center spokesman Ben Smith said. "His condition's good. Smith quoted doctors as saying the cancer had not spread beyond Polhill's larynx, or voice box. Polhill, 55, was freed April 22 after more than three years in captivity in Lebanon. Army Dr.
May 17, 1990 |
Freed American hostage Robert Polhill has a cancerous growth around his vocal cords that will require surgeons to remove his voice box, his physicians said Wednesday. Such radical surgery, scheduled for today, might have been avoided if the tumor had been diagnosed sooner, doctors said. The tumor "is quite old, probably at least a year," said Col. Russ Zajtchuk, deputy commander of clinical services at Walter Reed Medical Center.
May 17, 1990 |
Freed American hostage Robert Polhill was reported in good condition today following surgery to remove his voice box because of a cancerous growth around his vocal cords. "He is resting in intensive care," said Ben Smith, spokesman for Walter Reed Medical Center, where Polhill underwent four hours of surgery. "His condition is good. The surgeons characterized the operation as successful."
May 16, 1990 |
Freed American hostage Robert Polhill has a cancerous growth on his left vocal cord and his entire larynx--voice box--will be removed by surgeons Thursday, doctors at Walter Reed Army Hospital said today. Polhill was released by his Shiite Muslim captors in Lebanon on April 22, and has spent most of the time since at Walter Reed. His raspy voice prompted an early discovery of the tumor, which proved malignant in biopsy tests, according to Col. Russ Zajtchuk, deputy commander of the hospital.