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Tuesday
Jul262011

Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger's Son Released from Hospital

Lee Celano/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger's son Christopher, 13, was released from the hospital Monday night after being treated for injuries from a boogie board accident.

Shriver made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday: "Blessed to be able to take Christopher out of the hospital last night. What a feeling of relief to know he's going to be fine."

Schwarzenegger also expressed his joy. "I knew Christopher couldn't be stopped! Big thanks to all the doctors, nurses & staff at UCLA that helped him recover," he tweeted.

Christopher spent time in the ICU at UCLA Medical Center, where he was treated for multiple broken bones and a collapsed lung, according to TMZ. He is expected to make a full recovery.

TMZ.com first reported last week that the teenager had been in the intensive care unit "for days" after enduring "multiple broken bones and a collapsed lung" during a surfing accident.

Shriver and Schwarzenegger have been at their son's side throughout the ordeal in spite of their very public falling out and impending divorce. A source close to the family told ABC News that the couple has been "amicable."

"The family remains very close," the source said.

Meanwhile, Schwarzenegger is attempting to revive his movie career. He's signed on to star in Last Stand as a disgraced Los Angeles cop. The movie is due out in January 2013.

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Monday
Jun202011

Dying Man Gets Last Wish, Reunited with Dog

AbleStock[dot]com/Hemera Technologies(CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa) -- Everytime paramedic Jan Erceg thinks about Kevin McClain, she said she gets goose bumps. In more than three decades on the job, this is one patient Erceg, 54, said she would never forget.

"I've been a paramedic so long -- you get kind of hardened sometimes, and things like this make you realize you haven't seen it all and you should never lose your humility in life," she said.

McClain, who had been diagnosed with lung cancer, would later affect several others in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, his life taking on new meaning as he neared death. And it was all because of the bond he shared with his dog, Yurt, a connection Erceg said "defies explanation."

Brandi Garrett, 28, who looked after McClain at the Dennis and Donna Hospice House of Mercy, said McClain worried about where his dog would go after he died and who would take care of her. But most of all, he wanted to see her one last time.

McClain had been living in his car in a Walmart parking lot when paramedics found him unconscious in early May. McClain was very sick and was taken to a hospital, while Yurt was found to be healthy and was taken to an animal shelter.

Erceg met McClain while transferring him from the hospital to a hospice facility and she met Yurt while volunteering at the animal shelter.

Hospice arranged for Yurt to visit McClain, and Erceg drove Yurt over in an ambulance.

"This dog, I swear to God she knew where she was going. She was just freaking out -- yipping and shrieking. We got to the hospice house, and she just made a beeline for the front door," Erceg said.

Yurt headed straight toward McClain's room, where the dog jumped onto the bed that McCain was in and onto her owner. After more than an hour, Erceg gently tried to remove Yurt from the bed, but McClain grabbed his dog's head and kept stroking it.

Erceg began to cry as she remembered his final words to Yurt. "He told her 'behave. You behave.' ... That was his acceptance -- he knew that was going to be the last time he saw her."

McClain died the next day.

Yurt was recently adopted by a couple from Marion, Iowa, who say the dog has been exceptionally well-behaved, is already housebroken and "very obedient and intelligent."

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Wednesday
Jun152011

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Released from Hospital

P.K. Weis/Giffords Campaign - P.K. Weis via Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was released from the TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital on Wednesday.  The Arizona congresswoman had been receiving treatment for a gunshot wound to the head after Jared Lee Loughner allegedly opened fire at a Jan. 8 event in Tucson, Ariz.

Giffords' physicians say her cognitive abilities and physical strength have improved satisfactorily and that "she no longer needs to remain a patient at the hospital."

"Congresswoman Giffords has shown clear, continuous movement from the moment she arrived at TIRR five months ago," Dr. Gerard Francisco said Wednesday.  "We are very excited that she has reached the next phase of her rehabilitation and can begin outpatient treatment.  We have no doubt that she will continue to make significant strides in her recovery."

Next, Giffords will move into a home in League City, Texas, with her husband, Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, where she will receive 24-hour assistance from a home health provider and will continue to work with the same rehab team on an outpatient basis.

Kelly said Wednesday that staying in the rehab facility has not been easy for his wife.

"Anyone who knows Gabby knows that she loves being outside.  Living and working in a rehab facility for five months has been especially challenging for her.  She will still go to TIRR each day but from now on, when she finishes rehab, she will be with her family."

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Friday
May272011

Atlanta Hospital Employee Exposed Hundreds to Tuberculosis

BananaStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- An infected employee exposed nearly 800 people to tuberculosis at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the hospital confirmed Friday.

"At this time, there are 680 patients, and approximately 100 employees who have been identified as having been in contact with the infected individual," Lance Skelly, a spokesman for the hospital, said in a statement. "Each person has been contacted and provided proactive screening instructions. Post-exposure follow-up will also be provided free of charge through the patient's local county health department."

TB, a bacterial infection, can be transmitted through a cough or sneeze. And although it responds well to treatment when caught early, it can cause permanent lung damage, and even death if left untended.

"The vast majority of TB strains are quite susceptible to drugs," said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. "If a patient is adherent to the treatment program, which can last nine months, they can be cured and quickly rendered safe for interaction with others."

Roughly 11,500 TB cases were reported in the United States in 2009, 59 percent of which occurred in people born outside the U.S., according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 544 deaths from TB in 2007, the most recent year for which the CDC has data. Frequent contact with people who have TB, poor nutrition and unsanitary living conditions are risk factors for the disease.

But how the Emory University Hospital employee became infected is unclear. Most hospitals, Emory University Hospital included, require staff to have a TB skin test before they are hired and every year after, Schaffner said.

"The question is: Did this employee evade the TB screening process, or did this person develop their illness between screenings," Schaffner said. "This is a kind of unsettling event, but it's an event that occasionally happens despite our best efforts to prevent it."

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Tuesday
Feb152011

CBS News' Lara Logan Out of Hospital after Assault in Egypt

Photo Courtesy - The Gracies dot org(NEW YORK) -- CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was assaulted and sexually abused by an Egyptian crowd last week during the celebration of President Hosni Mubarak's decision to step aside.

Logan, a veteran foreign correspondent, was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for 60 Minutes on Feb. 11 when "she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration," CBS News said in a statement published on their website Tuesday.

"In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers," read the statement.

Thousands of Egyptians swarmed Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the protests that night, and the crowds were generally peaceful.

Soon after the assault Logan reconnected with her crew, "returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning," CBS said.

On Tuesday, four days after the assault, she was still "in the hospital recovering." She later left the hospital.

Logan had been detained by Egyptian police just days earlier on Feb. 4 and forced to leave the country. After landing in the U.S. Logan promptly got on a plane and returned to Cairo on Feb. 11, the day she was assaulted.

Logan, 39 and a native of South Africa, has covered war zones for 18 years and joined CBS as chief foreign correspondent in 2006.

She has reported on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has received an Emmy Award, an Overseas Press Club Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award for her reporting.

She is the mother of two young children.

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Thursday
Jan202011

Rep. Giffords Taken Outside Hospital for First Time Since Shooting

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- Capt. Mark Kelly, the astronaut husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, said Thursday that the congresswoman soon will be "back at work" and predicted she would be walking around in a couple of weeks.

"I'm extremely hopeful that Gabby will make a full recovery. She is a fighter like nobody else I know," said Kelly.

In another sign of progress, Giffords was taken outside of the hospital Thursday for the first time since the attack to give her some sunlight. Just Wednesday, she stood up for the first time with assistance and looked out of a hospital window.

"I am extremely confident that she will be back here and back at work soon," said Kelly during a press conference Thursday. "I told the hospital staff to expect her to be walking around here in a couple of weeks. She'll be back."

Kelly also joked that he knows Giffords can't wait to write "thank you" notes to all of her supporters.

Giffords already has been able to scroll through an iPad, actions described Thursday by her doctors as "fantastic achievements forward."

Giffords suffered a gunshot wound to her head on Jan. 8 when Jared Loughner allegedly opened fire at an event held by the Democratic congresswoman outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson, Ariz.

Since the shooting, Giffords has been treated at Tucson's University Medical Center. But she is scheduled to be moved to the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research at Houston's Memorial Hermann Hospital, which specializes in brain injuries.

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Wednesday
Jan192011

Gabrielle Giffords to Be Moved to Rehab Facility in Houston on Friday

Photo Courtesy - Bill Clark/Roll Call via Getty Images(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be moved to a hospital in Houston on Friday, another milestone in her recovery after a gunman fired a bullet through her brain in an attack in Tucson just 11 days ago.

Giffords will be transported to The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research at Houston's Memorial Hermann hospital, a facility that specializes in brain injuries, ABC affiliate KTRK-TV confirmed on Wednesday.

Giffords' mother told friends and family Tuesday the congresswoman was showing "higher levels of comprehension and complex actions," even flipping through photos on her husband's iPhone, according to an e-mail message obtained by The New York Times.

In a poignantly personal interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer that aired Tuesday night, astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly opened up about his wife Gabrielle Giffords' recovery and the shooting that injured her and killed six people.

Kelly, who has been photographed by his wife's hospital bed holding her hand, said there is a habit of hers that has convinced him that she recognizes him.

"If I hold her hand, she'll play with my wedding ring," he said. "She'll move it up and down my finger. She'll take it off....She'll put it on her own finger. She'll move it to her thumb. And then she can put it back on my finger.

"The reason why I know that that means she recognizes me is because she's done that before. She'll do that if we're sitting in a restaurant. She'll do the same exact movements," he said.

Kelly was struck by Giffords' progress again when "she stuck her hand up on the side of my face" and began giving him a neck massage.

"She spent 10 minutes rubbing my neck and I keep telling her, 'Gabby, you're in the ICU. You know, you don't need to be doing this," he said with a chuckle.

Kelly added, "I'm pretty sure she wouldn't do that to somebody else. And she's looking me in the eye."

Nevertheless, he is still unsure about the extent of her eventual recovery.

"At times I'm 100 percent confident that she's going to make a 100 percent recovery," he told Sawyer. "And, you know, at other times I don't know."

Later Kelly said, "She's got a great sense of humor. I've thought about whether that part of her will be the same." 

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Wednesday
Jan192011

Hospital Visitation Rights for Gay, Lesbian Partners Take Effect

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Patients at nearly every hospital in the country will now be allowed to decide who has visitation rights and who can make medical decisions on their behalf -- regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or family makeup -- under new federal regulations that took effect Tuesday.

The rules, which apply to hospitals participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, were first proposed by President Obama in an April memorandum and later implemented by the Department of Health and Human Services after a period of public review.

They represent a landmark advance in the rights of same-sex couples and domestic partners who heretofore had no legal authority to be with a hospitalized partner because they were either not a blood relative or spouse.

Hospitals must now inform patients, or an attending friend or family member, of their rights to visitors of their choosing.  The policy also prohibits discrimination against visitors based on race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

'It Was a Miracle to Witness': Senator Gillibrand Describes Giffords Opening Her Eyes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- When Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., opened her eyes in the hospital room Wednesday for the first time since Saturday’s shooting, a trio of Congressional Democrats were in the room with her, a Congressional source said.

The three lawmakers who witnessed the moment were House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

 “We had been telling her that she was inspiring the country with her courage and that we couldn't wait to take her out to pizza and a weekend away,” Gillibrand said later, through a spokeswoman. “Then after she heard our voices and the encouragement of Mark and her parents, she struggled briefly and opened her eyes for the very first time. It was a miracle to witness."

 In his speech at Wednesday nights memorial service at the University of Arizona, President Obama told the crowd, “Gabby opened her eyes,” drawing loud cheers from the 14,000-strong audience.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Obama Visits Giffords and Other Victims in the Hospital

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(TUCSON, Arizona) -- After touching down in Tucson, Arizona on Wednesday afternoon, President Obama went straight to the University Medical Center to see Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, R-Ariz., and several other victims of Saturday's mass shooting at the hospital.

"The president wanted to begin this solemn trip by stopping first at the hospital where Congresswoman Giffords and others continue to recuperate,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement about the 45-minute visit led by Dr. Peter Rhee.

With first lady Michelle Obama, President Obama visited Giffords and her husband in the intensive care unit on the second floor of the medical center, staying for nine minutes.

On Tuesday, Giffords’ doctors told reporters that she was capable of breathing in her own, although they were keeping her on a respirator to avoid infection.

Her neurosurgeon said she has “no right to look this good” based on the severity of the injury from being shot in the head at close range, but cautioned that her recovery will be slow and, possibly, without much progress on a day-to-day basis.

The Obamas also met with four other victims of Saturday’s attack -- including Giffords' staffers Rob Barber and Pam Simon.

Afterward, at the McHale Memorial Center, the president and first lady met with the families of those who lost their lives in the shooting to extend condolences in person. With them were Attorney General Eric Holder and Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and John Barrasso, R-Wy.

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