April 18, 2003 |
The Syrian paramilitary fighter, paid by Saddam Hussein to kill Americans, was having surgery to repair the gunshot wounds to his buttocks and legs. U.S. Navy corpsmen already had removed the maggots that infested his wounds during his three days in hiding. Also Wednesday evening, an Iraqi civilian, his eyes fixed in a thousand-yard stare and his breathing labored, was being examined for a severe head injury suffered hours earlier when he fell from a speeding truck.
May 25, 1999 |
As long as he lives, Salvador Martinez will blame himself for the death of his son, Christopher. The 13-month-old boy died in April 1998 of dehydration after he was treated for the flu at what authorities described as a sham clinic in Santa Ana where a phony doctor advised withholding food and water. "Every day I ask myself, 'Of all the clinics and doctors I could've taken him to, why did I take him there?' " Martinez said. "Why, God, did I take him there?"
December 8, 1997 |
Dr. Paula Verrette remembers. She remembers sitting in school as a child in Louisiana, pus running down her leg from a third-degree burn. She remembers how the pus crusted in her socks, sticking them to her feet. She remembers too that her work-weary mother--a maid and salesclerk raising seven children on her own--had no means to pay for a doctor. From such memories, Verrette has forged a mission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1992
The editorial "Humana Hospital Closure Is a Disaster" touches on all aspects of medical care in Orange County as viewed from a hospital emergency room. In stating that the closure of the hospital was disastrous " . . . for the thousands of poor people in the region who sought medical aid in its emergency room," you arrive at the heart of our problem. Restoration of the emergency room is the hope of Westminster Mayor Charles V. Smith. Unfortunately, reopening the emergency room would not solve the problem of indigent medical care in Orange County or even in Westminster; on the contrary, it would delay finding a genuine solution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1989 |
Dr. Phillip Rand, whose office at the Midway Medical Center was blocked by abortion protesters Saturday afternoon, said Monday that only one of the 40 patients who had appointments with him on Saturday was scheduled for an abortion. "We don't do too many abortions," Rand said in an interview. Rand, who has four offices in the city, is a leading obstetrician-gynecologist who has practiced in San Diego 30 years. He said he may have been targeted because of his connection with Womancare Clinic in Hillcrest, where abortions are performed.
December 4, 1987 |
The last time Altrus Hunter needed to be rushed to the hospital, paramedics came right away. But it was an hour and 10 minutes before the 60-year-old man with breathing difficulty finally arrived at a hospital that would treat him. And by then it was too late. Hunter died Nov. 9, a day when all the emergency rooms at the four hospitals closest to his home in South-Central Los Angeles were reported to be full and unable to accept any more ambulances.