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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - July 17, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 307 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO TRIBUNE Sunday July Mortality rate high for infants Teen pregnancy rate also high By CATHARINE FERNANDO and TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writers Its no coincidence that Howard Countys infant mortality and teen pregnancy numbers are both above the states average say rep resentatives from three local enti ties offering parenting help said Jeri Malone Howard County Board of Health public nursing coordinator teen parents have difficulty getting day care have problems financially and in getting their The recently released Indiana Youth Institutes Kids Count in Indiana 1994 data book lists Howard County with the sixth highest infant mortality rate among Indianas 92 counties This countys 1991 infant mortality rate per live births was the study said The state average was The data also indicate Howard County was above the state aver age in percentage of births to sin gle mothers younger than 20 in 1991 Results show percent of Howard County births were in that category compared with an average of percent statewide A Center for Disease Con trol report released in 1993 noted that the high incidence of teen pregnancies is likely to result in children who are low birth weight slower to develop and have higher infant the Associated Press reported Malone and officials from Koko Related story High divorce rate Paged moCenter Schools and Saint Joseph Hospital Health Centers Trinity House agreed that there is a correlation between Howard Countys teen pregnancy and infant mortality figures KokomoCenter Schools teen parenting program is working to help Howard County high school students who are pregnant or have children to better care for their children and complete their own education That students child might be ill that said Joe Dunbar KokomoCenter director of secondary education And the student may be late to school and have problems with tardy Mike Tufley program manager for child and adolescent services at Trinity House Saint Joseph Hospital Health Center said A lot of times the kids were dealing with have a lot of other problems and pregnancy is just one of a slew of problems tney face Some of the girls are victims of sexual molest of the boys too So we see a high inci dence of promiscuity and acting Trinity House counsels many adolescent parents When a child who is pregnant or a parent seeks theyre dealing with is family conflict depression sui cide and having to accept that they are pregnant Turley said Please see Mortality PA8 Kids face uphill climb The recently released Indiana Youth Institute study Kids Count In Is one of 48 state projects funded by the Annie E Casey Foundation It offers statistics for Indianas 92 counties in 11 categories ranging from population to juvenile justice Howard County ranks among the top 10 counties In the areas of infant mortality rate and percentage of children living In single parent homes Overall the fouryear study shows that most of the young people are healthy and doing well But the figures also show that too many are not and their numbers are Indiana counties with highest infant mortality rates per i 000 live counties with highest percentage of children in oneparent I Switzerland Union iSpencer Fayette Ripley Howard Joseph I Jennings Huntington 24 Pulaski x White State average 4 Source Indiana Youlh Moon walk The late Bob Ford worked as an editor and awardwinning columnist at the Kokomo Tri bune for more than 37 years Ford reported on Purdue Uni versity football games for the Tribune Sometime during 1966 or 1967 according to his widow Nancy he was covering a game when he struck up a conversa tion with a Purdue graduate who was also watching the game from the press box The graduate was an astronaut named Neil Armstrong When Bob Ford asked him what he wanted to do during his life he said he wanted to be the first man on the mopn Bob Ford then asked him to write an autograph for his oldest grandson Armstrong did and trie family has kept it since then Look to page El and E5 for more touching stories about the first walk on the moon V lull ttr uttf Xer Mttl Also inside Classified C4 News of Taking a break Jacob Amos 1 hides from a friend Friday while the two were looking at the tractors at the Tipton County 4H Fair on the west side of Ind 19 Both boys have livestock entered in the fair which ends Wednesday Tribune photo by Dave Hess Teen remains in critical condition Kokomo High School senior Judey Budehz who suffered seri ous head injuries in an accident July 7 remains in critical condi tion in Methodist Hospital in Indi anapolis The 17yearolds health condi tion changes from day to day according to Judeys mother Angie She said her daughter opened her eyes for a short time Friday But Saturday her pneumo nia was getting worse and she was running a high fever Angie said in a telephone conversation Saturday Just before hanging up she said I just want people to continue to pray for her Thats all we can do Friends are still welcome to visit the girls mother said A friend of the family has set up a trust fund at Society Bank for Judey Contributions can be made at any Society Bank branch Judey has been hospitalized in the Childrens Intensive Care Unit of the hospital since she was flown by Lifeline helicopter to Methodist from Saint Joseph Hos pital Health Center following the July 7 accident According to police reports the vehicle Budenz was driving pulled out in front of a dump truck at Berkley Road and Defen baugh Street at The dri ver of the truck Charles Chaplin 37 La Fontaine was hot injured in the accident Living will law helps you choose ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Youve been seriously injured in a violent auto accident and lay comatose in a hospital bed Youre alive you have a pulse and your eyes are wide open but you have no conscious concept of yourself or your environment Doctors see no chance of you pulling out of this vegetative state but you could technically live Is life worth living Under a new state law you can make that decision for yourself before such a tragedy occurs Under the Living Will Law as amended in the latest Indiana General Assembly session an individual can choose to have arti ficial nutrition and hydration withheld in the event of terminal illness with no hope of recovery State Rep Robert Hayes D Columbus introduced the bill in 1991 and fought it through heated opposition from righttolife and fundamentalist groups he said We should all be able to choose our own health care if were com petent to make our own deci Hayes said Individuals want to make these choices for themselves and not have to rely on third He said the Liv ing Will law formerly only allowed an individual to refuse lifesustaining medical treat a phrase the Supreme Court has decided doesnt include artificial nutrition and Ethics committees at Howard Community Hospital and Saint Joseph Hospital and Health Cen ter have discussed the changes in the law and want the community to know their implications said Ellen Anderson community rela tions coordinator at Howard Community According to Dr Dpug Eglen chairman for Howard Communi tys ethics committee Indiana now recognizes four types of advance directive documents Living Will tells your doc tors that you do not want lifepro longing treatments if you are in a terminal condition LifeProlonging Procedure Declaration tells your doctors that you want lifeprolonging treatments if you are in a terminal Appointment of Health Care Representative a legal docu ment in which you allow a person to make medical decisions for you if you become unable to do so Power of Attorney a legal document allowing a person to make ANY decisions for you This process is more legally technical and requires a notary signature For more information on advance directives contact Koko mos hospitals the Indiana State Board of Health Indiana State Medical Association your lawyer or doctor Camel comrade Brad Fisher 14 Peru holds Natasha Richardson of Kokomo while Humpy the camel gives her a play ful nudge on her foot at the Hall of Fame Circus The event was on the park ing lot of Big R Stores 1900 E North St Saturday The circus will have one last show today at Tribune photo by Anne Farrar
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