Saturday, April 22, 2000

TRISTATE A.M. REPORT




Reading boy, 13, gets a new heart
        A 13-year-old Reading boy is expected to leave Children's Hospital Medical Center early next week with a new heart after a successful transplant performed April 14.

        The surgery for Daniel Hutzel was performed by Dr. Jeffrey Pearl using a heart from a man who died recently elsewhere in Ohio.

        It was the hospital's first heart transplant of the year and somewhat unusual because the boy spent only two weeks on the waiting list before a matching heart became available.

        “He was very lucky to get a heart so quickly. We had anticipated a long hospitalization,” said Dr. Rob Spicer, medical director of cardiac transplantation.

        Daniel was born with cardiomyopathy, a dangerous swelling of the heart tissue that makes it less able to pump. He was placed on the transplant list after his condition got sharply worse, requiring what could have been a months-long stay in intensive care.

        After recovering from the surgery, Daniel can expect to return to normal activities including many sports. If all goes well, his new heart is likely to last at least 10 years, possibly longer.

        In a typical year, Children's does about six heart transplants. Most of its heart transplant patients are under 10 years old.

Cops nab 15 people in West End pot busts
        Cincinnati police officers arrested 15 people and recovered 78 grams of marijuana in a drug sweep Thursday.

        Prompted by neighbors' complaints about drug activity in the area, the sweep focused on the Laurel Homes and Lincoln Court apartment complexes in the West End. Officials of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority also were involved.

        In 41/2 hours, officers made eight misdemeanor drug arrests, six other arrests and one felony arrest of a juvenile who was carrying a loaded .38-caliber revolver, police said. They also recovered a crack pipe and more than $1,200 cash.

Anglican leader will visit Tristate in Nov.
        The titular head of the more than 73 million people who belong to Anglican and Episcopal churches around the world is coming to Cincinnati.

        The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. George L. Carey, will celebrate with the Diocese of Southern Ohio its 125th anniversary in November. The diocese has launched an unprecedented effort to increase its membership to 100,000 by 2005, four times the current size.

Children's ranks 5th on magazine's list
        The pediatrics department at Children's Hospital Medical Center, affiliated with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, was ranked the fifth best pediatrics department in the nation by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

        The ranking, based on a survey of medical school officials, appeared in a recent guide to America's top graduate schools. The top four pediatric departments named by the magazine were: Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Washington.

        Since 1993, the Children's Hospital pediatrics department has grown from 144 faculty who attracted about $20 million a year in research grants to more than 250 faculty and grants exceeding $46 million.

OSU student, 22, dies after collapsing at frat
        COLUMBUS — An Ohio State University student died Friday, shortly after collapsing at an off-campus fraternity house, police said.

        Joseph Upshaw, 22, of Kettering, died of respiratory distress at 5:57 a.m. at Ohio State University Medical Center, said hospital spokeswoman Jill Boatman.

        The Franklin County coroner will conduct an autopsy to determine possible contributing factors of Mr. Upshaw's death, Boatman said.

        Police responded to the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house just after 5 a.m. and medics transported Mr. Upshaw to the hospital.

        Columbus police and Ohio State's Office of Student Affairs are investigating. “They're really just trying to piece together what happened at this point,” Ohio State spokeswoman Amy Murray said.

        Mr. Upshaw did not live in the fraternity house, but was a member of the group, she said.

Cerebral palsy agency seeks funds to buy van
        Shortly before she died this month, Dixie Harmon, a quadriplegic and activist for the needs of the disabled, donated a specially-equipped van to United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati.

        Problem is, the agency needs to raise $8,000 to pay off the balance owed after she died. The final bill is due May 5. Those interested in helping pay the bill can send donations to United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati, 3601 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati 45229. Or call at 221-4606 for information.

Youth hostel group plans workshop May 2
        The Central and Southern Ohio Council of Hostelling International-American Youth Hostels will host a budget travel workshop at 6:45 p.m. May 2 at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County's main branch, 800 Vine St., downtown.

        The workshop should last approximately two hours and is designed for travelers preparing for their first trip abroad.

Sierra Club focuses on controlling sprawl
        The Miami Group Sierra Club Inning will feature speakers and discussion on how community leaders can effectively solve the problem of urban sprawl.

        The discussion will be 8 p.m., May 1 at the Raymond Walters College Auditorium in Blue Ash

        For information, call 841-0111.

Toddler hospitalized after tumble in dryer
        OBERLIN, Ohio — A 15-month-old boy tumbled for about 20 seconds in a clothes dryer before a man heard the thumping and pulled the baby out, police said.

        The baby underwent emergency brain surgery. Denny Heintz, 23, of nearby New Russia Township, was arrested Thursday on felonious assault and child endangering charges. He was released on $15,000 bond until his arraignment next week and was ordered to have no contact with the baby.

        Mr. Heintz told police he did not know the child was in the dryer when he turned it on. The boy had been left in Mr. Heintz's care on April 8 while the baby's mother, who lives in Sheffield Lake, ran errands.

        Mr. Heintz told police he was not sure if the baby crawled into the dryer on his own or was helped inside by his 2-year-old daughter.

        “He said he was walking away from the dryer when he heard a thumping noise,” said Lorain County Sheriff's Sgt. Jim Drozdowski. “His daughter was with him and he didn't see the other child (until) he opened the dryer door.”

        The baby, who spent four days in the hospital, is back home with his mother.

        “From what we hear, he's going to recover just fine,” said Sheffield Lake police Sgt. Tony Campo.

       



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