The Rise of the Medical Emergency, Pt. 74 - Aug 8th - Aug 10th Reports
In no particular order.
‘A high school senior in Alabama has died after a medical emergency. WBRC reports that a 17-year-old Pinson Valley High School student-athlete died after suffering from a medical emergency while at school Thursday.
“One of our senior students suffered a medical emergency at school today. Lifesaving efforts were immediately started, and first responders were called.
Sadly, the student was later pronounced deceased,” Pinson Valley High School Principal Michael Turner shared in a message to parents.
Officials identified the student as Caleb White.’ [Emphasis added]
This story makes me sick.
‘New video shows the moment a woman says she had a seizure, lost control of her car and slammed into a building on Lake Street in Minneapolis.
"The ambulance driver told me to calm down, sit down. You were in a really bad accident. You hit a building," Natasha Osborn said.’
‘What happened next is shocking.’
What happened first is shocking.
‘After recovering from her injuries, Osborn went to the remains of her car to find her phone and found a bigger problem.’
‘Osborn checked with the restaurant and they gave her a video showing bystanders trying to help, but one reaches into her car and takes the purse.’
‘[W]ithin ten minutes of me having the seizure and crashing into the building, they were racking up charges on all of my bank cards and credit cards," Osburn said.’
He’s a plastic surgeon who’s been on tons of TV shows over the past couple decades or so, I gather. He’s on Real Housewives of Orange County with his wife and they do that.
Seems he got a touch of the ABTV. Blood clot in the brain.
‘The plastic surgeon told TMZ that he was dining with Heather and their son Nick Dubrow at The Ivy in Los Angeles last Thursday when he began “slurring his speech.”’
‘Terry, 64, recalled that the mishap went on for “less than a minute,” but Heather insisted that their son call 911 anyway – which “pissed off Terry because he says he felt fine.”’
‘After running several tests, doctors determined that Terry suffered from a transient ischemic attack (TIA) – which is a brief, stroke-like attack that “occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is briefly interrupted,” according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
While a TIA itself doesn’t typically have severe impacts, doctors also learned that Terry had a patent foramen ovale (PFO) – a hole between the left and right chambers of the heart.’
‘Because of the PFO, a blood clot was able to pass through it and “traveled to his brain” which ultimately “caused the TIA.”
If Heather had not “insisted” on taking her hubby to the hospital, the PFO could have resulted in a “full-blown stroke.”’
‘A motorcyclist has died after crashing along an Arden Arcade street early Wednesday morning.
It happened around 2:30 a.m. on Arden Way, near Bell Street.
California Highway Patrol says they believe the motorcyclist crashed into the center divide after suffering some kind of medical emergency.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.’
‘At around 4:50 a.m. on Thursday, just as breakfast was being served, an inmate at the Jacksonville jail was found unresponsive.’
‘Corrections officers immediately began giving the inmate, identified as Danny James, 40, CPR until medical staff arrived.
The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department responded and James was pronounced dead.’
‘JSO did say that early information does indicate James suffered some sort of medical emergency before his death. Officials also said he did not have contact with other inmates or officers.
An official cause of death and autopsy is still yet to be conducted.’
‘A Battle Ground Police Department sergeant died Thursday after suffering a medical emergency while on duty.’
‘The Vancouver Police Department is investigating his death, as is standard protocol.’
Totally normal. Another Western Washington casualty.
‘A medical emergency on a Thursday morning ferry out of Tsawwassen led the vessel to return to port for medical treatment.’
‘The 10 a.m. Queen of New Westminster was on its way to Swartz Bay when a passenger experienced a medical issue about 20 minutes from Tsawwassen.
Because the ferry was close to Tsawwassen, the ship was turned around so the passenger could receive medical attention on shore.’
‘No details on the nature of the medical emergency were released.’
No, this is a different hiker at Diamond Head than the one in the last issue (TROME Pt. 73, Story #5).
‘The Honolulu Fire Department said they responded to a 911 call on Thursday, Aug. 10.
The call came in around 8:10 a.m. and led HFD personnel to the Diamond Head Crater Trail in
the Kahala area.’
‘According to HFD, a 76-year-old male hiker on the trail experienced a medical emergency at the stairs of the trail.’
‘His medical care was transferred to the Honolulu Emergency Medical Services at 9:19 a.m.’
One airborne semi can ruin your whole day.
‘Police say the driver of the semi-truck was driving west on I-90 when he suffered a medical emergency, and crossed over both east and west bound lanes.
After crossing through the freeway median, the truck was sent airborne, then it flipped and came to a stop in a ditch along the freeway.
Records show the driver of the truck was wearing a seatbelt, but was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center.
Police say he is lucky to be alive.’
10) Grieving parents speak out after unexpectedly losing 9-year-old son in medical emergency: ‘This time was just different’
‘A 9-year-old boy from British Columbia, Canada, died from an asthma attack said to be made worse by wildfire smoke.
Carter Vigh was admitted to the emergency room on July 11 when his coughing wouldn’t ease. Doctors, nurses, and paramedics performed CPR for 25 minutes when he became unconscious, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the tragedy, CBC News reported.’
Asthma attack from the smoke. Copy that.
‘According to CBC News, Carter’s family home is near the district of 100 Mile House, and B.C.’s government data showed the air quality health index (AQHI) around Kamloops (120 miles away from 100 Mile House, and the closest data point available) was a 6 on the day of Carter’s death. Such a rating warrants at-risk people to “consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities outdoors if you are experiencing symptoms,” the government of Alberta explains.’
That doesn’t sound that bad.
‘Carter, who was a lifelong asthma sufferer, had been out with friends during the day, but he began coughing when he returned home in the evening. After he was admitted to the emergency room, staff at the local hospital took charge of the situation.
“They tried everything,” Carter’s mother, Amber, told CBC. “I just stood there and just told him that I loved him and just to breathe. This time was just different.”’
‘Amber and husband James told CBC News that the coroner said Carter’s death was likely caused by an asthma attack worsened by the smoky air, although it is still under investigation.’
‘The Coast Guard medevaced two boaters Thursday from a construction vessel approximately 20 miles south of Atchafalaya Bay, Louisiana.
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a medevac request at approximately 11 a.m. from the emergency medical technician aboard the vessel for a passenger experiencing heart related issues.’
‘The man was last reported to be in stable condition.’
‘Just after 11am yesterday (August 8), a team from the East of England Ambulance Service descended to a private residence “just off Furtherwick Road” where they met with two community first responders.
A short while later, a standby Essex and Herts Air Ambulance touched down in the King George V playing field before heading to the scene of the casualty.
An East of England Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 11.09am on Tuesday, August 8 to a medical emergency at a property in Canvey Island.’
‘“The patient was transported by road to hospital for treatment.”’
‘Galax Police are currently investigating a large bus crash that occurred inside Felt's Park during the 87th Fiddler's Convention.
Shortly before 4:00 p.m., Twin County 911 received a report of a shuttle bus carrying passengers that hit a vehicle while entering the front gate to the park. The bus then ran over an embankment hitting three parked vehicles, according to Galax Police.’
As one would.
‘The driver of the bus and one passenger were taken to Twin County Regional Hospital and then airlifted to North Carolina Baptist Hospital. A second passenger on the bus was also taken to Twin County Regional Hospital for treatment.’
‘The driver and passenger of the first vehicle hit were also taken to Twin County Regional Hospital for treatment.
According to Galax Police, they determined that the driver of the bus had a medical emergency prior to the crash.’
This is an update on the Miami Mayor that collapsed while visiting Africa.
‘By the time the morning came, Desulme had a full day scheduled, including a meeting with the Sierra Leone president after lunch. But the mayor said he never even got a chance to meet him. “I just sat down, I asked one of the commissioners, ‘How’s the food taste?’ I didn’t eat a lot of food, and then that’s all I remember,” he said.
In a matter of minutes, Desulme said two people from North Lauderdale — Lewis-Ricketts and Suzan – rushed to his aid. At one point, he was turned on his side and blood came out of his mouth. As told to him by his colleagues, Desulme said the room went into a panic and some cried. “They thought I was dead,” Desulme said.’
‘He was later taken to a different hospital, where doctors ran blood tests and took X-rays and said everything came back OK. Desulme said while the doctor said he exhibited symptoms of a seizure, including convulsing at one point, she said she believed much of what he experienced was likely due to fatigue. He also said the blood was due to biting his tongue.’
‘Desulme returned to the U.S. on a commercial flight after Sierra Leone doctors advised him to return home and seek medical attention. Doctors at Johns Hopkins at Sibley Memorial Hospital agreed that Desulme may not have had a seizure but believed sleep deprivation contributed to him fainting, Desulme said.’
Yeah. Sleep deprivation.
‘While he said he’s taking it easy, Desulme said he plans to return to the office Monday, ahead of back-to-school activities the city has planned. But he’s still being cautious about his health and plans to see a neurologist next week.’
Rest up, I guess.
‘Nanaimo RCMP were called to investigate a man’s death in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter today.
Police were called to Machleary Street at about 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9.
The incident happened in the middle of the street. Reserve Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesperson, said a man had a medical emergency and died. A passer-by who was first on scene tried to assist.
There was no foul play and police consider the investigation complete.’
‘A person was rushed to hospital following a "medical emergency" in Bristol City Centre. The ambulance service were called to the Newgate area at around 7.42pm yesterday (August 9).’
‘A large event was happening in Castle Park at the time of the incident. However, BristolLive understands the medical emergency was not linked to the event.’
‘"I hope whoever was involved is alright."’
Absolutely gorgeous sentiment.
‘McFly singer-songwriter Danny Jones was left terrified after his five-year-old son suffered a medical emergency during a family holiday in Tenerife.’
‘"Sorry I left you all on a bit of a cliffhanger. This little guy just before we were due to fly home got a bit sick.
"And when I say a bit sick, he quickly went from this," she wrote, attaching a photo of him fast asleep, before following up with one of him hooked up to tubes in hospital and writing "to this".’
‘"I guess they have to be so careful with dehydration in hot countries," she explained.
"He wasn't keeping water down, so was pretty dehydrated and lethargic."’
‘A Texas teen tragically died after being found unresponsive at cheer camp.
Katy resident Callie Marie Mitchell, 16, was at Texas A&M University last month when she experienced an unexpected medical emergency, prompting one of her camp coaches to perform CPR on her, local media outlet KHOU reported.
Callie headed to cheer camp “super excited” on July 24, but her mother, Michelle Donahue, told KHOU that after she arrived, she and Callie’s father, Scott Donahue, received a concerning phone call from one of her coaches.
“She said, ‘Hey, does Callie have a problem waking up in the morning?’ And I said, ‘No, never,’” Michelle Donahue recalled to the outlet.
After speaking on the phone with her coach, Callie’s parents drove to the university, where they were told that the same coach had administered CPR to their daughter after finding her unresponsive.
Callie was airlifted to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. She died a week later on Aug. 1, the outlet reported.’ [Emphasis added]
‘Scott Donahue told KHOU that Callie may have died as a result of “a cardiac arrest that was caused by Long QT syndrome.”’
They have a diagnosis and everything.
‘Symptoms of LQTS often start during childhood, and may cause symptoms such as fainting, noisy gasping while sleeping and seizures.’
Such like as might cause problems waking up in the morning, problems this athletic young girl, according to her Mom, never had.
‘Callie’s parents are urging other parents to have their children undergo an electrocardiogram (EKG) to check their hearts.
“For any other parents out there, you know they do physicals every year...EKGs are not part of a physical...get an EKG,” Scott said.’
Sounds about right. Now we have a primary concern with high school-aged athletes.
‘The flight, on Tuesday (August 8) afternoon, was forced to divert to Athens in Greece after a passenger on board became unwell.’
‘The passenger was met by medics upon arrival at Athens Airport.’
‘The Richmond Fire Department is mourning the death of veteran firefighter Rodney Jermaine Coles.
Coles, 49, was killed in a crash Thursday afternoon.’
‘"At approximately 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2023, Virginia State Police responded to a single vehicle crash southbound Interstate 95 at the 58-mile marker," a Virginia State Police spokesperson wrote in an email. "A 2003 Subaru sedan ran off the road to the right and struck bushes in the area."
The Richmond Fire Department indicated Coles "recently experienced a sudden medical emergency and did not recover." The cause of the crash remains under investigation.’ [Emphasis added]
21) Man dies in Grantham house in medical incident attended by air ambulance and Lincolnshire Police
‘A man was pronounced dead at a house in Grantham as police, paramedics and the air ambulance were called to the scene.
Emergency services were called to a property in Uplands Drive on Wednesday, after receiving reports of a medical emergency.
Lincolnshire Police confirmed a man was pronounced dead at the address, but said it is not being treated as suspicious.’
‘The driver of a white minivan that crashed into a traffic-signal pole after running a red light Wednesday morning in Kansas City, Missouri, has died.
KCPD said Thursday that a white Nissan Quest drove around a police vehicle, which was stopped at a traffic light around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at Bannister Road and East 95th Terrace, on the right shoulder, drove through a red light and crashed.
EMS indicated the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, but the elderly driver died shortly before 4:30 a.m. on Thursday at an area hospital.
A KCPD spokesperson said it’s possible the driver suffered a medical emergency before the crash.
There have now been 56 traffic deaths in KCMO this year, which is down slightly from 58 at the same time last year.’
‘These included two children stuck on a paddleboard, a lady who suffered a “medical emergency”, a small child in a rubber dinghy with no oars or lifejacket, and a lost four-year-old.’
‘All of them were reported to now be “safe and well”, with Rhyl RNLI launching its inshore lifeboat to rescue the paddleboarders and the child in a dinghy.
The lady was released into the care of the Welsh Ambulance Service, meanwhile, and the four-year-old was found quickly.’
‘Three people were rushed to the hospital after a driver plowed into a medical office building in north Phoenix on Wednesday afternoon. The collision happened at the Fresenius Kidney Care North Phoenix dialysis clinic at 19th and Dunlap avenues just before 1 p.m.’
‘According to Phoenix Fire Capt. Todd Keller, the driver, who was a dialysis patient, was coming to get his treatment when he drove all the way through the building, hitting the back wall. The three people sitting near the door were struck by the driver. Phoenix firefighters tell Arizona’s Family that a man and woman in their 40s are in critical condition, and a woman in her 30s is also in critical condition. All three are expected to survive, according to police. The driver wasn’t hospitalized.’
‘Patients who witnessed the crash said it sounded like a bomb going off. “Big bang, building shook. A lot of chaos. It was all to my back,” one man said. “I saw the car come crashing through the glass. It swooped up the patients. Three patients got hurt,” another patient added. “It sounded like an explosion. It didn’t sound like no car crash, it sounded like a bomb. Boom, boom, boom.”’
‘Anthony Rader, another patient, says he was inches away from where the car drove through the building. “I was watching my TV, and all of a sudden I see the car bust through the glass, pushing three people all the way into the back room. It was out of nowhere,” Rader said. “I don’t have words but it’s kind of freaky. I’m kind of freaking out myself. If I hadn’t come in early, I would have been number four. I was supposed to sit on that side and I got here early.”’
‘Phoenix Police are still working to find out what led up to the crash or if the driver had a medical emergency. The investigation is ongoing.’
‘A medical emergency involving a man who became ill on a 29-foot yacht led to the launching of Cowes RNLI lifeboat today (Wednesday).
The yacht, being sailed by two men, was two miles west of Cowes when Solent Coastguard were alerted to the problem.
The lifeboat launched at 12.37 pm and eventually put two crew members on board, one of them a doctor, before escorting the yacht to Trinity Landing.
The man was then taken by ambulance to St Mary’s Hospital.
The lifeboat returned to station at 1.40 pm.’