The Springfield News-Leader from Springfield, Missouri on April 22, 1986 · 9
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Tuesday, April 22, 1986
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Death notices2B - Lifestyle4B Weather 6B Jr The Dailv News Tuesday Morning, April 22, 19b6 Section B Heart transplant patients 'go public' to help cause Recipients hope to bring attention to donor awareness week By Laurie Glenn Frlnk The Daily News 1 Three heart transplant recipients from the Owrks hope that by "going public" they can bring some attention to this week's National Organ-Tissue Donor Awareness Week. The recipients and a heart surgeon answered questions about organ donation and - heart transplants during a recent news conference at Cox Medical Center South, 3801 S. National Ave. " , "These people get all the attention as recip-ients, but they wouldn't be here if it weren't donors," said Dr. Leslie Miller, medical director for the cardiac transplantation program at St. Louis University Hospital. Miller said that while 73 to 85 percent of the population support organ donation, only 10 percent have organ donor cards. This has left too few donor organs available. "We've lost four people in the last eight months who were on waiting lists for hearts," Miller said. , However, the three people with him received their hearts in time and are doing well, he said. 1 David McGowne, 46, of Thayer, had his transplant just six weeks ago. McGowne said he'd suffered two heart attacks and had other heart problems before his transplant. He said he was afraid he wouldn't get a donor in time. "Personally, I felt it would never Come to me," McGowne said. "But when I got the news, I felt 1 had another chance at life." McGowne was on a waiting list three weeks. After his surgery, he stayed in the hospital for nine days. Now he is on a rehabilita-' tion program, walking six miles a day, He's looking forward to a fishing trip next week -. a pleasure he likely thought he'd never experience again just six weeks ago. Linda Underwood, 42, of Rogersville, received her transplant six months ago. Miller said Underwood had gone into heart failure so surgeons had put a mechanical pump in to assist her own heart. As it turned out, a donor was found the following day. . PleasQ see HEARTPage 2B Doctor opposes removing feeding tubes to cut costs By Laurie Glenn Frlhk The Daily New Withholding food and water from hopelessly ill patients is not a proper solution to rising medical costs, the president of the World Federation of Doctors Who Respect Life said recently. Withholding nourishment is a "particularly nasty kind of cost cutting,!' said Dr. Eugene F, Diamond, adding that he disagrees with many of his colleagues on this issue. The Chicago pediatrician, who was at St. John's Regional Medical Health Center recently to discuss the moral issues regarding the removal of feeding tubes, said He fears for the future of America's elderly population. He said the public and the court system has become progressively permissive. Diamond cited a recent report published by the New England Journal of Health that took the position that it is ethically permissible to withold feeding tubes from patients who are brain dead, in a chronic vegetative state, severely demented or senile. While the Journal does not establish health policies and standards, it is highly regarded. he said. Newspapers and broadcasters often report on stories it carries, which has an impact on the national conscience. Diamond disagreed with the Journal recommendation that a person In a persistent vegetative state which accounts for 50,000 people in the United States should have nourishment withheld. He cited two cases in which comatose patients had recovered. One patient had been in a coma for 22 months. The patient said he was aware of What happened around him for the last six months before he awoke, Diamond said. The other patient had been in a coma for nine months. "He woke up and graduated from medical school," Diamond said. He said studies show that survival rates increase when care of a coma patient is oriented toward "salvage at all costs." Diamond said there is a whirlwind of controversy rotating around the vegetative state patient. As for the elemented and the senile patient, "neither category justifies withholding feed-Please see DOCTORPage 2B i ft - N I ,- . ,bi.ih .u. mm , wmimfnun nyuy , y t:fl If L . - , -14 i - i , s.- Js I I ? ' 4 ' I Auroran in Ecillirig j SlaH photo Sandy Watson Johnny Wilson, 2Q Aurora, (left) is escorted from the Lawrence County Jail Monday by Steve Kahm of the county sheriff 's department just after his arraignment in Lawrence County Associate Circuit Court. Wilson, who is charged in the murder of Pauline Martz, pleaded innocent to the charges. He will have his preliminary hearing May 5. Suspect pleads innocent in death of woman, 79 By Patricia Fennewald The Daily News MOUNT VERNON - A preliminary hearing- on first-di'gree murder charges will be held May 5 for a 20-year-old Aurora man ac- ' cused of boating and gagging an elderly woman, then setting her house on fire. Johnny Lee Wilson pleaded innocent to the murder charge Monday morning at his formal arraignment in Lawrence County Associate Circuit Court, a spokeswoman for the county prosecuting attorney said. Wilson is accused in the April 13 slaying of Pauline Martz, 79, of Aurora." . , - Mjrtz's body was pulled from her home at about 8 45 p.m., April 13, about 45 minutes after a passer by reported a fire in the home. Martz lived alone, - She had been beaten, bound and gagged, but her death apparently was due to the fire, said Don Seneker, Lawrence County coroner, who served as spokesman for county-law enforcement officials. Judge Jack P. Steinle did not set bond Monday-for Wilson, who continues to be held in the Lawrence County Jail, Steinle will preside over the preliminary hearing May 5, which also will be held in Lawrence County Associate Circuit Court. ' Wilson, a 1984 graduate of Aurora High School, was arrested Friday night at his home by officers of a 25-member major case squad. The squad, made up of officers from various law enforcement agencies across southwest Missouri, was formed specifically to perform extensive investigation into the case. The arrest was announced Saturday: Officials said robbery likely was the motive for the killing of Martz, who was said to be popular in Aurora. She was known for driving around town in a powder blue 1963 Corvette. Officials believe someone entered her home between 6 and 8, p.m. on the night she was killed. The intruder ransacked the house in an apparent attempt to find valuables. After beating, binding and gagging Martz, the suspect apparently poured gasoline in the room Martz was in and started a fire, author!-' tics believe. They .think the blows may have knocked Martz unconscious before the fire Please see AURORAPage 2B 1 w 4 S Am a. . I j i ( s c I -f t ' A f Nil- .A t 'It ,V"Vg 1 1 , "r - " . 4 ' - x ?h ; ', r ! ! .- il .... -1' 'V . 1 -f - - . X ... ,. ' 1' ' - 'V A-w Service says one-third of corn crop planted The Associated Ptess COLUMBIA - About one-third of Missouri's com crop is in the ground but only small amounts of sorghum, soybeans and cotton have been planted, the state Crop and Livestock Reporting Service said Monday. The service said field work continued at a pace ahead of normal last week as farmers had an average of 4.2 days suitable to be in the field. Tillage has been done on hearly two-thirds of the acreage intended for spring crops, which is about five days ahead of both last year and the five-year average. Cool weather and showers last week, particularly in the northwest, sl'iwi-d planting but most areas of the'e have mure rop planted than norma! by this date, the reporting sen ice Saul. Muisiure supplies were 7 percent surplus, 77 percent adequafte and 16 percent short with the rri.nn shortages in the northeast nd east-central counties. Pastures were 5 percent excellent, 58 percent rood, ,'i5 pen enl lair and 2 percent poor. ' Oat seeilinfi was 91 percent complete - more than two weeks ahead Please see CORN Page 2B Taylor to go unopposed in primary 1 Stall photoKevin Hare Weatherproof Ing. Bill Overturn of Springfield covers his forecasters said they expected lows this morning to be In the plants Monday afternoon in anticipation of freezfng temperatures upper 20s to low 30s. Temperatures today are expected to warm that were forecast for Monday night and this morning. Weather into the (ow- to mid-60s. MOUNT VERNON - U.S. Rep Gene Taylor's, only competition for the Republican nomination in the race for the 7th District House seat has withdrawn. J.E, BartelsmeycT, 66, of Mount Vernon, submitted a notice of withdrawal to the Secretary of State's of fice late last week, said Bob Bartel-sme-yer, the elder Bartelsmeyer's son. The former candidate, a semi-re tired farmer, is on vacation in Florida and unavailable, for comment, Bob Bartelsmeyer said. However, Bartelsmeyer had cited concern for his health and lack of campaign funding as the reasons for his withdrawal, his son said. Taylor, SB, of S.ncoxie i-s complet in his seventh term in the US. House. He now fares no opposition in the Aupust primary. Five southwest Missouri Democrats are vying (or their parly's nomination in August. They are Joe Davidson, 50, of Rocky Comfort; George K. Abramovitz, 27, of Springs field, Ruby Ostendme, 45, of Neosho; Rod Roberson, 31, of Springfield; and Ken Young, 72, of Point lookout. ( The winner will oppose Taylor in the general election in November. Missouri 4-H Foundation seeks to increase funding role in program By Mike Schilling Th Daily New The Missouri 4 H Foundation Is looking to raise more money than the current level of 12 or Jess per year for every 4 H member In the state, officials said. . The group has mounted an effort to increase Hs-role in helping 4-H as art eduational and leadership program for rural youths. The state foundation has a yearly budget of $200,000, which supple-mems federal, state and local funds totalling rwirv than $3 million yearly that are ipent on the program. Ail the fundi support programs for 100,000 rural and urban youths. But the group's leaders are trying to raise the hare to more than, the current 6 6 percent now contributed by the foundation. Its board of trustees hope to double the 1200,000 budget in the next five years, said Leonard Douglas of Sparta, a board member and retired director of the state Cooperative Extension Service. Other area members of the board are Neal Elhrklge of Springfield, president of Tindie Mills Inc., and C.R. "Dick Johnston of Springfield, president of the Missouri f arm Bureau Federation, Nancy Doane of Point Lookout is an honorary member. Fund raising will be a main item on the agenda when the foundation's 47 member board of trustees meets in Springfield for the first time ever Friday and Saturday, In fact, that first meeting here since the organisation was formed In ,1949 Is part of the effort to expand the contribution base, said Nelson Trickey, the group's interim executive director. Realizing that need, the board met in St. Louis in 198 and In Kansas City last year, he said. Usually, the group meets at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the headquarters for. the state 4 H pro-' gram and foundation. , "It is deliberate on the part of the foundation," Trickey said of the motive behind the trustees' upcoming ''Sprinrfii!d iweting. , "They've realised they've stayed too close to Columbia and trustees ere inviting donors and sponsors in the Springfield area to come in and have lunch with us," he said. The meeting is set for the Ramada-Hotel. ' Tnckey said there are at least two main reasons the foundation has been concerned about needing more money, First, leaders want to build a state 411 center somewhere in the Columbia' area and it might cost $3 million to $4 million, he said. No money has been raised or set aside fjr that purpose. Secondly, with drastic reductions proposed in public funding for Cooperative Extension Service, through which 4 H gets much of its money, the foundation believes it must ready itself to supplement some possible program void. Presently, the foundation (jets about $30,000 a year from contributors in the business sector. Another $35,000 ponies from endowments and private contributions provide the , rest, or rt;,g!,!y 23 percent. "We want to increasa our effort," said of the foundation's plans to encourage more individuals to give money to 4 H through estates, trusts or wills. "We're just getting started but we want to Continue the effort into the future." The trustee said 4 H is going to feel more pressure from reduced public funding and the foundation provides a source of help by enhancing and supplementing taxpayer dollars. The foundation's revenue base from private individuals has grown slowly. A major focus f the "resource development committee" in to expand the growth more rapidly, officials said, "We hope to double it. in five years, " said Douglas, who is chairman of the foundation's planned giving subcommittee, "We don't look for the foundation to step In and replace" public funds," should they start to evaporate, he said. "We want to be able to enhance them. To do that we need to have a statewide committee to represent rural and urban areas." Although 4 H receives public funds, mainly to provide for the professional staff positions, private funtjs are secured for the program's events, supplies and educational materials, Trx key said. About 13,000 volunteer 4-H leaders af? involved in hundreds of projects geared to develop what 4 H official's refer to as "life skills," While the organization is generally known for being oriented toward farm and rural youths, statistics for 1385 showed nearly 40 percent of the program's participants are in suburban and urban areas.

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