Sunday, March 28, 2004

Sometimes 'pork' can save a child's life

I was heartened to read the March 13 Enquirer article about the life-saving brain tumor procedure aided by Cincinnati Children Medical Center's MRI scanner. The ingenuity and skill of the doctor and his medical team, combined with state-of-the-art technology, can make the difference between life and death for our littlest patients.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health, I was pleased to secure $794,000 for the imaging program that helped purchase this equipment. Last summer, I stopped by Cincinnati to see the MRI in action to hear about the many practical uses for machine.

It's interesting to note that some groups included this pediatric imaging program on its annual list of wasteful government spending. While some people consider the MRI to be an example of pork, I consider it a lifesaver.

Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio

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