The Rise of the Medical Emergency, Pt. 102 - Oct 26th - Oct 31st Reports
Whether flying, driving, or on the "tram," no rank can save you in TROME
#2 Marine Corps Commandant had a heart attack
#7 Strictly Come Dancing star sudden cancer
#9 Marathon runner cardiac arrest
#14 College basketball player collapsed
#15 Crazy Fallout TROME story
#17 Police officer on duty found unresponsive
#18 School bus driver hits a tree
‘A Rockingham County Detention Facility inmate has died from an apparent "cardiac related medical emergency," according to the sheriff's office.’
‘Deputies say neither suicide nor foul play is suspected in the inmate's death.’
Well, we’ve all heard about Lloyd Austin by now, classic victim of undisclosed and fudged-over medical problems. Sounds like turbo cancer to me. But way back at the end of October we find another high-ranking military officer taking a trip down heart attack lane. “Commandant” is the highest ranking officer in the Marines.
‘Gen. Eric Smith, the Marine Corps’ commandant and top officer, was hospitalized Sunday evening after an unspecified medical emergency, the service said Monday.
The Marines announced Smith’s hospitalization in an email to reporters but provided no further details about his condition. One current and one former defense official familiar with his condition said he apparently had a heart attack while jogging.’
‘Metrolink services at Cornbrook were temporarily halted this evening following a medical emergency which lead to delays on the network.’
‘It has been confirmed the incident took place on board a tram and the person involved has now been transported to hospital.’
Disney takes their time in the article coming around to the actual emergency. It’s paragraph after paragraph of fluff, and — fair warning: it’s for a pretty good reason.
Brace yourself. Fair warning.
‘Near the fountain at the front of Epcot earlier this year. An older woman in a wheelchair was sitting with her head down dripping blood into the ground. She said it was a bad nose bleed and she was fine. I called paramedics just to be safe and by the time they were in their way she was vomiting up pure blood. They had to take her to a hospital and I never heard what became of her but I had never seen that much blood come out of a person. It took custodial a half hour to throughly clean the area.’
‘Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies made a late-night rescue to help save a man having a medical emergency and yelling for help in a Prescott campground early Sunday morning.’
‘The man told the deputy he had sharp pains in his chest that were shooting down his left arm, and he was cold.’
‘The man was taken to the hospital in stable condition.’
‘The Love Island star, 26, leaped to her boyfriend's side after he required medical attention for a kidney problem.’
‘Sam then admitted that Zara skipped Strictly rehearsals to take him to the hospital after his pain became unbearable.
He went on: "Do you wanna know something worse? I made Zara leave her Strictly training early to come and see me at the doctors.
"And it was just for the guy to go, 'Yeah, you're fine'."’
Okay, look — I don’t have any idea what happened, either. But, here’s another one from the same show:
‘STRICTLY Come Dancing's Amy Dowden has given an update on her breast cancer battle after receiving support from fans.
The Strictly Come Dancing professional, 33, revealed in May that she'd been diagnosed with stage three breast cancer.’
She ws diagnosed in May and had a mastectomy in March, and another kind of cancer after that.
‘After undergoing a mastectomy a month later, she told how doctors had found cancer elsewhere in her body.’
‘It came after Amy told how she nearly died during her medical treatment.
Her chemotherapy sparked life-threatening side effects, first indicated by a rocketing temperature.
Amy, who had developed an infection, went into septic shock - with her blood pressure so low her organs could've started to fail.
Explaining what happened, she recalled to The Mirror: “I had severely low blood pressure, a low heart rate, I wasn’t passing urine for 14 hours, my infection markers were at dangerous levels. I had three different types of antibiotics and I finally responded to the third type.
“We met the paramedics a week later and they said if I had gone to bed that night I might not have woken up the next morning."‘
‘A person was flown to hospital after emergency services were called to a "medical incident" on Talacre Beach.’
‘Welsh Ambulance Service paramedics and the coastguard were also called to the scene, before the casualty was flown to hospital for treatment.’
‘A California man who went into cardiac arrest during a half marathon was saved by a doctor who happened to be in the right place at the right time.’
Tuan Pham, 47, ‘had already run six half marathons in the past three years. With two miles left in the race, Pham was excited to meet up with his son, who had already crossed the finish line, when he suddenly collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.’
Brace yourself for the kind of medical advice you will only find in places like here on people.com:
‘Cardiac arrest can be fatal if proper steps aren't taken immediately.’
I don’t really know what to say. There’s so much verbiage and affect — and agenda — in stories from places like People magazine and what have you I’m often stunned at times reading through them. It’s like you’re in a hall of mirrors or some kind of funhouse. Anyway, let’s wrap this one up:
‘At the hospital, doctors discovered that Pham had significant coronary artery disease and Chiu performed a triple bypass surgery, saving his life.’
I can only imagine that would have made the previous six half-marathons more difficult.
Great. From people.com straight to WaPo.
‘‘It really does take a village. We all have to look out for one another,’ said firefighter Brian Thompson.’
You see what I mean? That’s the subheading. Lol.
Anyway, maybe it takes a village to make breakfast. But I digress. Let’s find out what happened.
‘Garcia, a mother of three who lives in Los Banos, Calif., was 35 weeks pregnant, and throughout her pregnancy, she has had vertigo.
“The further along I get, the more I experience it,” said Garcia, 33, noting that she is on medication to help her symptoms — which usually works well.
On the morning of Oct. 19, though, it did not.
“Everything was turning. It was terrible,” she recalled. “It was a very strong vertigo episode that I hadn’t experienced in a long time.”’
‘Garcia, who was released from the hospital around 6 p.m. that day, has recovered from the episode.’
That’s about it. The story about the firefighter making breakfast for the kids really is a heartwarming read, though. I will say that.
You hear about vertigo with pregnancy, right? But I’ve also heard a lot about vertigo being connected with the shots. I think it’s mostly just from people’s stories about their experiences, though.
Fine. I’ll do a little engine search. Well, here’s the very first result:
n.b. ‘The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that process the sensory information involved with controlling balance and eye movements.’
‘Dizziness and vertigo are common symptoms after COVID‐19‐vaccination.’ [Emphasis added]
‘Symptom onset was within the first 4 weeks postvaccination. The most prevalent diagnoses were somatoform vestibular disorders (34.7%), vestibular migraine (19.4%), and overlap syndromes of both (18.1%). These disorders were significantly overrepresented compared to the prepandemic control cohort.’
‘The […] international meta‐analysis reported dizziness, drowsiness, and hypesthesia in approximately 2% . In a British/American cross‐sectional vaccination study among health care workers, self‐reported “vertigo‐like symptoms” were found in 2.49% and “dizziness” in 8.34% of the participants [9, 10]. An Italian cross‐sectional study on 314,664 vaccinated subjects found “dizziness” in as many as 21% . In Germany, the second most common vaccination side effect after headache was “Schwindelgefühl,” which is an unspecific umbrella term used for dizziness, vertigo, drowsiness, or balance disorders (PEI) . It was self‐reported in approximately 0.1 of 1000 first or second doses of Comirnaty®, and approximately 0.2 of 1000 first or second doses of Spikevax®.’’ [Emphasis added]
Well, so. There’s that.
Fallout TROME of the week
‘The “sudden emergency doctrine” did not preclude a negligence claim against a driver with undiagnosed sleep apnea who lost consciousness before rear-ending an MBTA bus, the Appeals Court has decided.’
Um, so, what exactly does that mean?
‘Defendant Edward Laidley worked as a parts driver for a car dealership and caused the accident while performing his job duties. During discovery, he provided deposition testimony that, prior to the accident, he had never experienced medical issues suggesting that driving was unsafe, and no doctor had ever told him it was unsafe for him to drive.
Additionally, Laidley’s medical expert opined that there were no indicators prior to the crash that he should not have been driving.
Based on such evidence, a Superior Court judge granted summary judgment in Laidley’s favor, finding no genuine dispute of fact that Laidley suffered a sudden, unforeseeable medical emergency.’
‘But the Appeals Court reversed, emphasizing that while Laidley’s pre-collision medical records did not mention sleep apnea, that did not conclusively establish that he never experienced symptoms, particularly given his records from post-collision treatment with a sleep specialist. During that treatment, he had acknowledged years of snoring and fitful sleep at night, grogginess in the morning, frequent napping, and a tendency to doze off while watching television or sitting in the lunchroom at work.’
Guilty. Of snoring.
The details strike me as a little more interesting, though:
‘The plaintiff pulled out onto Broadway Street and waited for traffic to clear so he could turn left. At that point, the defendant, traveling behind the plaintiff, rear-ended the bus.
Emergency personnel who reported to the scene 15 minutes later observed that the defendant had “labored breathing” and “confused mental status.”
The defendant also apparently told emergency personnel that he had felt a chest pain and blacked out. He allegedly reported that he felt pain in his neck, scapula and foot and tightness in his chest and that he could not remember the accident or the events leading up to it.’
I don’t know. Sounds like quite a story. Could be a lot of things. I’ll stick to the refrain:
Shotted: please avoid driving.
Okay, hold on. Maybe this is the Fallout TROME of the Week:
‘DARIEN — The family of a 16-year-old high school student and hockey player who died in 2022 from a medical emergency has filed a lawsuit against a Stamford doctor who treated the teen in the days before his death.’
So far so bad. What happened?
‘“The defendants were negligent in sending him home without ordering additional tests […]’
Oh, no. Tests for what?
‘[…] which would have shown that he had a pulmonary thromboembolism,” said attorney Ernie Teitell […]’ [Emphasis added]
A 16 year-old with pulmonary embolism.
I don’t know. Far be it from me to say, but, I’m thinking maybe that wasn’t exactly the doctor’s first guess.
Let’s hope for the best for all involved, whatever that might mean at this point.
‘A United Airlines flight from San Francisco bound for Honolulu Monday evening turned around over the Pacific Ocean about two hours into the flight because of an onboard medical emergency.’
‘ There were no details immediately available about the nature of the medical emergency or the condition of the person affected.’
‘WVU forward Akok Akok was hospitalized Friday night after suffering an apparent medical emergency during the second half of WVU’s charity exhibition vs. George Mason.
Akok was walking off the floor for the first media timeout of the second half when he collapsed, and a flurry of medical personnel immediately rushed to his side. Medical officials appeared to rip Akok’s jersey open and provide an IV during a delay that went over ten minutes long.’
‘He was taken off the court in a stretcher and transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital for further observation, according to the team’s Twitter account.’
‘Interim head coach Josh Eilert said after the game that Akok is in stable condition and in good spirits. He will be kept overnight for observation, and he’s already texting his teammates congratulatory words after the teams 85-78 comeback win.’
Or is THIS the Fallout TROME story of the week:
Yeah, so that happened.
‘A pilot has been indicted for allegedly threatening to shoot the plane’s captain if the captain diverted the flight because of a passenger who needed medical attention.’
‘[…] Dunn was the first officer, or co-pilot, on the flight and was authorized to carry a gun under a program run by the Transportation Security Administration.
“After a disagreement about a potential flight diversion due to a passenger medical event, Dunn told the Captain they would be shot multiple times if the Captain diverted the flight,” the inspector general’s office said.’
‘A 29-year-old Spring Hill man died after losing control of his car Saturday morning, according to troopers.’
‘Troopers say the vehicle left the road and hit fencing that belonged to two different homeowners.
The driver was taken to a nearby hospital, which is where he died.’ [Emphasis added]
‘A Beaumont Police officer found unresponsive beneath an Interstate 10 overpass Tuesday morning was taken to the hospital after possibly having a medical issue police say.’
‘Dispatchers got a call from a citizen just after 7:30 a.m. that an officer was found unresponsive outside his vehicle beneath the overpass, according to police.
The officer was taken to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont where he is being treated for a possible medical emergency police said.’ [Emphasis added]
‘The officer was on duty but not on a call when he was found […]’
If we put all this in a movie, then what genre would it be? It’s at once a horror and a comedy, at once a drama and a parody. It’s an epic that is truly beyond satire.
‘A Marion County school bus crashed into a tree after the driver suffered a medical emergency behind the wheel, according to Florida Highway Patrol. ’
‘The incident happened just before 2 p.m. Tuesday as the bus was traveling west on CR-467, the crash report said. The driver veered off the roadway and collided with a tree.
There were no students on board the bus at the time of the crash, troopers said. The 40-year-old woman was the only occupant on the bus.
Troopers did not explain the extent of the medical emergency she suffered while driving. She was transported to a local hospital.’
‘LS517 departed Newcastle at 1543 local time this afternoon and proceeded south-west in the direction of Tenerife.
However, upon leaving Ireland, the aircraft made a swift u-turn to the north-east and proceeded to descend into Dublin where it landed safely at 1743 local time.’
‘As per @FlightEmergency on X, it is understood that the cause of this diversion was due to a medical emergency onboard.’