Ricky Head/ Grandmother Faherty 1975 cancer

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Ricky Head/ Grandmother Faherty 1975 cancer - - - - - ' - - I At Area Family By CH K KYI- COG...
- - - - ' - - I At Area Family By CH K KYI- COG GINS -i i Aviiliuiolic-.Jnnrniil siulf ,THK POSTEK on (lie den wol! says • "Hang in tlicre, baby." For Mrs. ,lo Kahcrty of 23(>n -Will SI. and lior :i-y oar-old Cit'.'tndson Ricky, tho words lake on « ^poignant meaning. Both have terminal cancer. Ricky, tho son or Mr, and Mrs. .James Heart of Denver City, was recently given from three months to one year ' In live after doctors diagnosed' a tumor at the base of^his sku|l, Ricky's, grandmothe_r .• has been fighting malignant tumors since '1070 when she had the first of several removed,from her right calf. , The 3-year-old. jRlso 'inay he fat-ins" a third operation if a hardening .below the' tumor is , found to ' ho : dangerous. And money for, thai operation 'plus much of the expense already aecrvieil from the two operations Ricky has 1 undergone Jsliist-not there, s'aid Ricky's.mother.' ',. - "''We do have medical insurance, hut it's not going-to cover near all the cost," she said. i'My husband just returned-to work in April after being out •With a back injury since October, 1973, . ,, • . • Ricky's grandparents have been unable to help finanoiajly because of their own battle with the disease. ',, . • ,'o /Mrs. Head jtook" Ricky to ' a doctor uj'Depyer City'after the toddler -began 'vomiting "almost constantly on , April' 26. Whep doctors could riot determine the cause of his illness, they 'suggested that' Mrs. Head . take Ricky to a Lubbock neurologist. "At first they ran air up his spine to see if there , was any blockage," she said. "When 1hey found there was blockage, , they went in and found a tumor,-'' '' , ' ' . . , Tjie/tumorj is located on the part of the brain which controls the heart and th^ lungs. ''Whenever they (the doctors) would touch the tumor,' either his heart or his hings would stop • working. They could only remove a little billy section to find what kind of tumor it is," she said, 1 Five days later, on May 21, doctors • again had to perform surgery 1 on Ricky because spinal fluid \vas building up on his brain, .The'^doctors'placed both a manually operated 'drain and an automatic pump in the boy's head to drain the'fluid from his skull. If the pump should malfunction, a small button on his skull may be pressed to reactivate the pumping process. "i! he complains of headaches, someone has to press the -button several times,". Mrs, Head sait). "But I-use it'every day whether he needs it t or not to make sure the pump keeps" working." ', ' -. ' Ricky is undergoing nucleari therapy daily now, a' new.thera- py similar to a cobalt treatment, Mrs. Head said. Mrs. Head isaid. she hasn't l>een billed for most of the treatment but she already owes SRC CAXCER Page 11 "FIRSTIrilubbock~>FIRSTOn The South Plains" T JTBBOOC AVALANCHE- JOURNAL 53rd Year; No. 206 48 pages Lubbock; Texas, Friday Morning, June 27, 1975 Price 15 Cents Full Leased Wires: (AP), (UPI)| MORMM; FIFTEEN CENTS

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  1. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal,
  2. 27 Jun 1975, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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