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   Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - October 29, 1959, Long Beach, California                             FIRST TIME IN MEDICAL HISTORY Severed Leg Crafted Back on Man HAYWARD, Calif. team of doctors has suc- ceeded for the first time in grafting back the severed leg of a human. said they could find no parallel in medical history for the operation performed in Eden Hospital here, although such things as severed finger tips and ears have been grafted. The operation, announced Wednesday, was kept secret for three months until doctors decided it was successful. The operating surgeons, whose names will remain secret until their work can be reported in medical jour- nals, described the operation anonymously in The Hay- ward Review. Surgeons gave the story in a series of interviews with Charles Peterson, a reporter for the daily newspaper. Then they rechecked the story after it was written. The right leg of Billy L. Smith, 25, crushed a few inches above the knee by a crane while he was rebrick- ing a furnace in the nearby Decoto plant of the U. S. Pipe Foundry Co. Only a two-inch strip of skin connected the leg to the stump. An orthopedic surgeon, who corrects deformities, tele- phoned a vascular surgeon, who specializes in mending torn vessels, and asked: "You want to try for a The vascular surgeon agreed. After blood vessels in the lower leg were flushed with anti-clotting fluids, the vascular surgeon said that he hooked up the severed main artery and started the blood flowing. The foot immediately turned pink. But shortly after he stitched together the main veins, so arterial blood could return to the heart, the foot turned white again and there was no pulse in it. The artery was reopened, a clot removed, blood ves- sels were flushed again and have functioned perfectly since. The orthopedist cut away mangled tissue, leaving a two-inch gap between the flesh parts of the leg sections, and then bridged the gap with two inches from the upper leg bone. All that remains now are skin grafts and an operation within a few months to link the main hip nerve to the lower leg, where at present there is no sensation. "Smith's leg is two inches shorter than before but bet- ter than anything he can buy in a the doctors said. After the hnj-nerve operation, surgeons expect that he will get some muscle return and some sensation return, but neither will be entirely normal. TEST HOP FOR FLYING PLATFORM Ciirliss-Wrighl's flying platform, designed to carry Ironps or both demonstrated Wednesday at the company's Santa Barbara division. The odd-looking vehicle is making a bid for Army contract in competition with Chrysler Corp. and Piasecld Aircraft Corp. It's designed to fill gap between a jcnp and a Wircphoto.) U. S. Army Displays Air 'Platform' By HERB SHANNON The nearest thing yet to a flying saucer was unveilc< Wednesday at Santa Barbara where the Curtiss-W r i g h Corp. demonstrated the U. S Army's newest form of trans airborne weap ons carrier dubbed the aeria platform. A vehicle with four smal horizontal propellers where the wheels should be, the fly- ing platform is designed to skim along a few feet above any kind of terrain or water surface. The hour-long demonstra- tion at Santa Barbara airport proved the device can rise straight up from the ground, hover like a giant humming bird, and travel forward, backwards or sideways with equal ease. ADVANTAGES claimed for the flying platform by the manufacturer include the ability to traverse any kind of ground, to maneuver in re- stricted areas which would preclude the use of helicop- ters, to take concealment un- der trees and other natural camouflage while remaining airborne and to provide a sta- ble mount for firing weapons. The Curtiss-Wright model is the first completed of three (Continued Page A-4, Col. 3) 7 LOVE YOU AND DADDY1 Girl, 15, Runs Away to Work, Pay WHERE TO FIND IT The United States' newest entry in the space derby is a lO-floor-building-sizcd balloon Ihat startled the entire East- ern Seaboard when it was fired Wednesday. Sec Page A-3. BROOMALL, Pa. Mom: "I am doing this because I love you and Daddy. 1 know how much all these things are going to cost anc know we don't have that much money that would pay for Daddy. "So I'm going to get a job The Southland's Finest Evening Newspaper LONG BEACH 12, CALIF., THURSDAY, OCTOBER Vol. 231 PR1CE10 CENTS TELEPHONE HE 5-1161 CLASSIFIED HE 3-5959, HOME EDITION i Six Editions Daily) STEEL SUPPLIES GONE. SHUTDOWN FACING ANN SHIELDS Left Note to Mother and give you every penny Daddy is completely mad. Beach B-l, Hal A-17. A-17. C-6 to 11. A-20, 21. B-7. A-16. Death B-2. B-3. Shipping C-5. C-I to 5. B-7. Tides, TV, C-I2. Vital C-5. A-17. B-4, 5, 6. 18 Reported Victims of Liner Crash ATHENS, Greece Ireek police said 18 persons vere killed today in the rash of an Olympic Airways ilane into a mountain 25 niles north of Athens. Olympic Airways, which is Jwned by industrialist Aris- totle Onassis, declined toiand that- Ann was working in confirm the crash. MRS. SHIELDS explained that her husband, a school custodian, was operated on Oct. 7. She said that part of a lung was removed. "He had been asking for Mrs. Shields related. "He'd wished that there was some way we could get a message to Ann to tell her to until well. "Please don't be prayed to God and thought it over real good and it seems the right thing to do. I'm nol with any boys. J only usec them as an excuse to get out and get a job somewhere. "Please don't worry about me. I'll be all right. Judy is coming with me. I went to confession this afternoon and I'm going to communion to- morrow for Daddy. He'll be all right and well. I'll see to that. "Love, Ann." v FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Ann Shields, a pretty brown-haired school freshman, scratch- ed out the note and left it on living room couch the night fif Oct. 10. She hasn't been icard from since. Her mother, Mary, between visits to the Bryn Mawr Hos- pital to visit the ailing father, lames, keeps a vigil at the telephone, hoping and praying Ann will call. Mrs. Shields said that the ludy referred to in the note was .ludy Treacy, also 15, a icighbor who vanished with Ann. "Judy called her mother Mrs. Shields added, "and said that she and Ann were living with friends 2nd of Firm's 5 Divisions Grinds to Halt Pontiac, Cadillac Quit; Olds and Chevrolet Periled BY Associated Press General Motors' production f new cars is slowly grinding o a stop as a result of strike- aused steel shortages. The, ccond of the giant firm's five1 ivisions shut down this lorning. Cadillac's assembly line halted today. Pontiac quit Wednesday night, sending GM's layoff total to approxi- mately as a result of the 107-day-old steel strike. There was no prospect of an immediate resumption of steel production as sought by the Justice Department. The Supreme Court refuses to or- der the steelworkers union to speed up its appeal of a Taft- Hartley back-to-work injunc-, tion that would halt the: strike. OLDSMOBILE IS expectedj to become the third GM divi- :ion to end production, prob- ably Friday. Buick will be idle Friday but says it ex- jjEcts to build some cars next week. Chevrolet has closed nine of its 13 passenger car assembly plants. It probably will build some Corvairs next veek, although its Oakland, SPECIAL TREATMENT FOR FIRST-CLASS TRAVELERS TWA hostess Anne Brunke and Mrs. Jeannie Pickett awake two baby gorillas with offer of a banana snack after their arrival at San Francisco airport. The male (left) and female, both 18 months, were cap- tured on the west coast of Africa for the San Francisco Zoo. The babies wore diapers and woolen baby clothes and traveled in the first-class passenger cabin to keep Wirephoto.) Calif., of three as- sembling the new compact go down Wednes- day. BUT POLICE at Kako- salessi near the crash site, said villagers pulled the bodies of 18 persons from the wreckage of a plane with Olympic Airways markings. Aviation sources in Athens said the Greek airliner was flying from Athens to Sa- lonika with 15 passengers and a crew of three. The Kakosalessi police sta- tion said the plane crashed on a nearby mountaintop, presumably because of bad visibility. It was raining heavily at, the time. come home forgiven her." That we'd WEATHER Partly cloudy late to- night and early Friday. Mostly sunny and clear Friday and slightly warmer. Automotive News today estimated this week's in- dustry production at cars, down from last veek. A year ago, with pro- (Continued Page A--1, Col. 1) FBI Enters Search for U.S. Judge CHICAGO (UPI) The Federal Bureau of Investiga- tion today entered the search for Judge W. Lynn Parkinson of the U. S. Appeals Court, missing from his home and office here for more than two days. Announcement that the FBI had joined city police in look- ing for the judge, last seen in and around the Drake Hotel after leaving his office here late Monday, came from U. S. District Judge William J. Campbell, senior judge of the district bench here. Campbell said that J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI at Washington, consented to put his organization into the search after Campbell called him today. 400 Killed by Storm in Mexico MEXICO CITY ra dio message from the state oi Colima today said at least 300 persons are reported to have perished as a result of hurri can and flood in the town of Minatitlan. The message, picked up liere by an amateur radio re- aorter, was addressed to Mexico's president by Dr Rafael Chavez Carillo, broth- er of Colima's governor. Min- Uitlan is an inland city ol about population. Added to those who lost their lives in coastal regions of Colima and Jalisco states, counted earlier at nearly 100, the loss of life assumes the proportions of one of this country's worst natural disas- ters of modern times. V X 4 :'t IN TECOMAN, 12 miles from the coast, 16 persons were reported dead and homeless. The radio message pleaded for food and medicine, but the region is still cut off from land transportation, air fields are flooded and the only present means of communica- tion is radio. The Adolfo office Lopez of President Mateos con- firmed the death toll of 300 at Minatitlan and said the num- ber of injured probably would run into the thousands. The Pacific port of Man- zanillo, which took the full force of the hurricane, re- ported 80 known fatalities. At least 100 residents were re- ported missing and 500 in- jured. Van Doren W. Admitting Quiz Aid Tide Funds Given City NEW YORK Van Doren and Hank Bloomgarden reportedly have admitted to the district attorney that they received both questions and answers prior to their appearances on the NBC TV quiz show "Twenty-One." The New York Times today Enjoy Life! New Series to Tell How In this hard-driving life one often asks: How can 1 break away from tension's clutch? Practical answers are to be found in a new 15-part series beginning Monday, Nov. 9, in The Press-Tele- gram. The series is entitled "Master Your Tensions and Enjoy Living Again." It's authored by Dr. George S. Stevenson, consultant to the National Association of Mental Health, and Harry Milt, public relations direc- tor for the National Asso- ciation of Public Health. Walter Bedell Smith in Critical Condition WASHINGGTON Walter Bedell Smith is in critical condition in Walter Army Hospital. Smith was President Eisen- lower's chief of staff in World War II. He later served as director of the Central In- elligence Agency, under-sec- of state and ambassa- dor to Russia. LOS ANGELES (CNS) The Slate Lands Commission loday gave the city of Long Beach permission to use attributed its information to in tideland funds for "an authoritative source in of Appian Way and _ nlj of a bridge over the Criminal Courts Bidg." norlh arm of Afamitos The New York Herald'Bay. Tribune, in its edition today, The commission, with State quoted "a reliable source." Controller Alan Cranston pre- Disty. Atty. Frank S. Hogan lhat. usc of lhe J i funds for the project was per- refused to cinfirm or because it would provide access to the Long Beach Marina. Total cost of the over-all project will be with the bridge taking up the ma- jor share, SIX LONG BEACH resi- dents appeared at the hearing the reports. THE TIMES quoted Van Doren as saying: "I think that Monday is only five days away. I'm not in a position to start talking about it now. It would put me in such a terri- ble light, nol only with -j Congress, but with the other! llc llsc of ticlcland h i funds for the project. Appearing at the hearing newpapers to whom I (Continued Page A-5, Col. 5) TOWED OFF 13 Cars Disappear at Police Reunion LONDON retired police officers looked in vain for their cars Wednesday night after an annual reunion at a London restaurant. The missing cars were on the other side of town away by the po- lice for illegal parking. A police spokesman said the offending veterans would be issued sum monses to Mag i s t r a t e s Court. John Trafk of Io3 Syracuse Walk., president of the Peo- ple's Improvement Assn.: J. K. Shallenhergcr, 311 Pomona Avc., of the Marina Improve- ment Assn.; Herbert A. Bueh- ler, 5629 Sorrento Dr., a spokesman for the North Bay Property Owners Assn.: Wal- ter Gay, 61 Rivo Alto Canal; Dr. Tom Kendig. 5665 Sor- rento Dr.; and .1. N. Gregory, 5651 Sorrento Dr. They argued that Appian Way is a comparatively short street and dead ends at Colo- rado St. It is not a main thorough- said Trafk. "We can- not see where the traffic would come from to justify the expenditure of   

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