Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Medically Speaking....

Three stories in the news today are grabbing my attention, all medically oriented:

1. A Coke a day doesn't keep the fat away.... in fact, it can add 15 pounds a year. This is NOT GOOD NEWS FOR ME. I *heart* Coke... but I have definately added a lot of weight over the past couple of years. *MAJOR POUT*

2. In Salt Lake City, a team of doctors surgically separated 4-year-old twin sisters Kendra and Maliyah Herrin during a 26 hour operation this week. The girls, who were born fused at their midsection, face-to-face, shared a leg, a liver, a kidney, a pelvis, and part of their intestines. Absolutely amazing.

3. Carson Palmer, quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals, suffered a possible career-ending injury during a playoff game against Pittsburgh back in January. The tackle left Palmer without his ACL OR MCL (yes, BOTH tendons were blown out) to hold his knee together, so no one really expected him to play again. Instead of having the surgery here in Cincinnati, he opted to have it done in Houston... a move that may have saved his career, and without a doubt gave his knee a second chance.

Julie De Rossi, a Houston-area band manager, was killed in a car accident on a Houston freeway on March 17, 2005. The driver of the car that hit her had a blood alcohol level of .234- THREE times the legal limit, and was driving at an incredible 117 miles per hour when he hit De Rossi's car from behind. For his crime, the driver, Eric Hinton, is only serving a 5 year sentence.

De Rossi was an organ donor, and has helped more than 50 people as a result of her donations- including Palmer. Doctors reconstructed his knee with De Rossi's Achilles' tendon. Julie's mom wants everyone to remember that her daughter's tendon and other donated body parts aren't just pieces of tissue. "This was a human being, my daughter. A real, living person with history, who lived life on her own terms. Her name was Julie."

Thank you, Julie.


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