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HFI TO)0 n n IL lO SCRIPPS HOWARD ' ISg-Dkll Vol. 102, No. 139 One Dollar SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1985 Sunday Edition 11-10-666 Philippines' Marcos received two kidneys Copyright 1985, The PHhburoh Press Co. By Andrew Schneider and Mary Pat Flaherty The Pittsburgh Press Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, whose health has become an issue as he struggles to retain power, has had two kidney transplants in Manila, both performed by American surgeons, according to two leading Filipino doctors. For almost three years, amid rumors that he was ill, the 68-year-old Marcos has insisted that his health is good and that he had had no major surgery. In December 1984, his palace issued a photograph showing Marcos holding his shirt up, to dispel rumors that he had had surgery. Marcos yesterday celebrated his 20th anniversary as ruler of the Philippines. His age and health have been constant topics of debate both in his own country and here, where officials are worried about who will succeed Marcos should he be unable to serve. In interviews with The Pittsburgh Press, both Dr. Enrique Ona and Dr. Potenciano "Mike" Baccay shortly before he was found murdered last week said the transplants using kidneys from living, unrelated donors were done in August 1983 and November 1984 in the Philippines National Kidney Foundation in Manila. The secrecy that has surrounded the surgery and the fear of discovery expressed by those knowledgeable about the transplants, shows the high-stakes nature of Marcos' health. Baccay said the doctors who did the transplants in Manila were Dr. G. Baird Helfrich, director of renal transplants for Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and Dr. Barry Kahan, director of trans- flantation for Hermann Hospital in Houston, exas. Ona said, "It is common knowledge among the medical community here that the transplant was done by the Americans." Marcos rejected the first kidney transplanted by Helfrich and had to be transplanted a Please see Marcos, A26 2 " h "". i, ft Si 44 it S W 1 its f Jf United Press International Official 1984 photo showed Marcos lifting his shirt to dispel rumors of surgery. Transplant field changes under way after abuse reported By Mary Pat Flaherty and Andrew Schneider The Pittsburgh Press Major revisions in the field of human organ transplants have begun in the wake of disclosures last week that the system that gives new life to dying patients is threatened by worldwide greed and abuse. Last Sunday, The Pittsburgh Press began revealing those abuses in a six-part series. Since then, these actions have occurred: After more than a year of dawdling, the federal government said it plans to advertise within the next few weeks for bids to set up a national organ-sharing network. The Congressional Task Force on organ transplants drafted ethical . See editorial, page B2 recommendations criticizing the commercialization of human organs. The White House filled its highest federal post on transplants. It had been vacant since June. Britain's government transplant agency voted not to allow its name to be used in association with exported American kidneys that have been sent to London and transplanted in wealthy patients at private clinics. A London surgeon traveled to Bombay to confirm the organ-selling network in place there and discovered that a patient he had scheduled for a transplant in London on Tuesday had bought a kidney from a living, unrelated donor. The surgeon ' who had believed the patient and Please see Kidney, A20 ' -' "v Jtl I 1 United Press International President and Mrs. Reagan welcome Princess Diana and Prince Charles to White House Charles, Di sample D.C. social whirl WASHINGTON (UPI) - President Reagan held a dinner honoring Prince Charles and Princess Diana yesterday that drew the famous and mighty and capped the first day of the royal couple's three-day visit to the nation's capital. Charles, wearing a red poppy in his lapel, and Diana, in a midnight-blue velvet gown and seven strands of pearl that held a sapphire as big as a plum, were greeted on the North Portico of the executive mansion by Reagan and the first lady. They all then entered the White House where they were joined by 79 other guests, who, at the request of Di-' ana, included singer Neil Diamond and actors John Travolta and Clint Eastwood. "This makes my evening," a smiling Eastwood quipped to reporters in playing off the line in his "Dirty " Harry" detective movies, "Make my day." Among the other guests: marine explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau; Dr. Jonas Salk, discoverer of the polio vaccine; Peter Ueberroth, commissioner of major league baseball; designer Gloria Vanderbilt, Drue Heinz, whose husband, Henry J. Heinz II, is chairman of the H.J. Heinz Co. of Pittsburgh; and former Transportation Secretary Drew Lewis and his wife. The relatively simple menu for the event included Maryland crab, glazed chicken and peach sorbet, with California wines. Opera star Leontyne Price sang Fopular opera selections and one spiritual, "Every Time feel the Spirit." In cool weather and beneath brilliantly sunny skies, Prince Charles, in a blue suit, and Diana, decked out in a white-collared bright-red suit, arrived at the White House in a steel-gray Rolls Royce after an overnight Please see Royal, A29 Digging out Flood victims finding anguish among the debris By Al Donalson and Steve Twedt The Pittsburgh Press With tears in her eyes and mud caked on her blue jeans, Margaret Kash stood on soggy, wall-to-wall carpeting in the living room of her Fayette City home. She talked about what it's like to have a home virtually wiped out by 15 feet of flood water. "We have nothing left. It took me and my husband 10 years to get where we are now. And, in a few hours, it's all gone. It was just three months ago we had our place remodeled for $10,000. "The insurance adjuster was here - and he told us that we will have to completely gut the house and start all over again. This is not going to be a good Christmas," she said. The Kash family was among thousands in the district who last week were forced to evacuate homes after four days of rain caused torrential flooding in dozens of communities along the Monongahela River. Five days after the worst flooding in memory, the southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia residents, staggered by Tuesday's deluge, are righting themselves and their lives. But, said Mrs. Kash, "It's going to be a long time before I forget what it felt like for me, my husband and our . 2-year-old (son) to be hauled from our home by boat. "My husband ca,n't talk about it. All he does is cry. He's down in the basement now trying to see if there's anything down there we can still use," she said. Judging from the debris piled up on the sidewalk at their home on. Main Street, he had found little worth keeping. Farther up Main Street and else-' where in this Fayette County town, heavy-equipment crews of PennDot were scooping up mud, garbage and debris that had been placed on sidewalks, while police and volunteers kept auto traffic out of the area. Throughout the Mon Valley, 600 National Guardsmen at checkpoints. on Interstate and secondary roads directed traffic to expedite cleanup efforts. In one of the worst-hit communities, Point Marion, Fayette County, the town's only grocery store and its only motel were heavily damaged and will not open for some time. But other businesses, and mail delivery, are virtually back to normal. President Reagan yesterday des- -ignated Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington, Fayette, Greene and Somerset counties a major disaster area. This enables the Federal Emergency Management Agency to establish a disaster assistance center so Please see Flood. AlO Index Magazine Perspective Sport s A strong week Controversy Many Americans are choosing to work far more than 40 hours a week, with or without extra pay, and often for reasons more complex than needing the money. Magazine. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's scheduled speech at Pitt on Thursday has aroused the ire of many Jews but the support of many blacks. Page Bl. Full circle In 1976, Syd Thrift bid adieu to baseball and entered the real estate business. Now the new Pirate general manager finds there's life after life after baseball. Page Dl. Ad insert list A7 Ask The Press H3 BooksBridge F4 Crossword Magazinel6 Death notices CI Editorials B2 Entertainment Fl-8 Finance B12-19 Food E1.4 Football contest Dll Horoscope CI 8 Lottery numbers CI Obituaries CI Outdoors D16 Phil Musick Bl Press phones A7 Real estate Gl-13 Sports Dl-20 Style HMO Travel Jl-8 Want Ads Cl-31 CLOUDY & MILDDetails Page A2 r h 1 Boil-water advisory lifted for some areas of flooding Customers of Western Pennsylvania Water Co. don't need to boil their water anymore, after tests for bacteria were negative yesterday, said Guillermo Cole, information officer for the Allegheny County Health Department. But a similar advisory to boil the water was still in effect for parts of Fayette, Washington and Greene counties. West Penn Water serves about 750,000 people in Allegheny and Washington counties. The boil-water advisory was issued Wednesday after tests indicated flooding might have left the water unsafe for drinking and cooking. The advisory also was lifted for Robinson, North Fayette and Port Vue, which are not served by West Penn, Cole said. Still under boil-water advisories were customers served by Tri-County Water Co., Masontown Water Works, Southwest Pennsylvania Water Authority in Fayette County, Carmichaels Municipal Authority and Brownsville Water Authority. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Fire Department said all city stations will be collection points for clothing and materials donated to flood victims. Money donations should be left with local Red Cross or Salvation Army chapters. Old Newsboys kick off '85 drive to benefit Children's Hospital In the dark rooms, the small lights push back the night as a nurse quietly checks the sleepers. Here a baby sleeps on her tummy. There a child with his legs in casts moans in his sleep. The nurse puts a blanket on a boy, sprawled and oblivious to her; yet in a few hours surgeons will operate. A feverish youngster, dull-eyed, leans her head back against a mother's shoulder in the emergency room while admission papers are sorted. This is Children's Hospital, and the work goes apace, day and night. Here and elsewhere in the hospital is where your money from The Pittsburgh Press Old Newsbovs-KDKA Fund goes. The Old Newsboys have been busy raising money all year throuM vari ous events, but the 1985 campaign officially gears up today. Typically, no goal has been set, but the Old Newsboys want to top last year's total of J2.209.920, the sixth largest amount raised in the 52-year history of the organization, which The Pittsburgh Press started in 1933. Children's Hospital needs about $5 million a year to continue its policy of providing free care for needy children. About half of this comes from government grants. The Pittsburgh Press public service staff anchors the Old Newsboys, a group of dedicated volunteers led by County Commissioner Tom Foer-ster. Foerster has raised f 1,177,040 in 19 vears, and last year his team brought in 531,498. j ' Former Steeler Andy Russell has a chance to join Foerster as a millionaire fund-raiser this year. In just 11 years, the Russell team, including Xerox Corp., has amassed $928,743, of which $60,127 was raised last year. Jack Bogut, WTAE morning personality, made his second year as an Old Newsboy a big one, bringing in $113,733. Bogut, Foerster and Russell join Pittsburgh Press columnist Gilbert Love in the special group that docs not compete for Top 10 ranking. Love, even though semi-retired, raised $45,347 last year, giving him $627,628 since 1964. Jim and Bill Rudolph of McKnight Development Corp., owners of Wen-Please gee Kids, A28 i r

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