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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - August 21, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Ernie Irvan in critical condition after crash Page B1 342 KOKOMO lTRIBUNE Special y lives tit 2story fall left Josh blind ByLISAFIPPS Tribune staff writer Theres no medical reason Josh Bowley should be his mother Christy On June 9 the 2yearold fell out of a secondstory window and landed on a concrete According to he sus tained a fractured and the main blood vessel in his head was Theres just always been something mere that tells me hes real Just by looking at his brown you could Christy Hes a God sent him and kept him for some Christy said the medical staff at Indianapolis Methodist Hos where he underwent said it was amazing Josh didnt injure his spine or break other She was told the back of his head near his neck absorbed the impact of the The social worker at Methodist said hes the first adult or child with that type of head injury and treated at that hospital who Christy The nurse told You need to be thankful to the Lord because we could only do so The Lord has healed Christy also gives God all the credit for Joshs The Thats the only Josh is In the he bruised his optic Because it is just Christy and doctors are hopeful hell get his sight But no one knows for she Josh had an appoint ment with an eye A light was flashed in his Christy and Josh I Christy asked him what was and he I I knew then he could see the she Josh doesnt like the If I turn a light hell Light on Light if he doesnt hear you or know youre in the same he feels Josh was also afraid at the hos pital because he is not comfort able with Christy She said he was reluctant for all the medical staff to be around him at the When Id hed cry and I And I would After a they thought the best medicine was for him to be at home with So on July 29 seven weeks and one day after the fall Josh came The question every mom and dad thinks about when they hear of Joshs fall is how could a par ent cope Christy said her friends had a hard time dealing with There were some people who were just plain scared to come visit because they have kids and What if that was my Her family helped her make it through the I dont think we wouldve come as far without their she In Christy talked of her who lives in After he heard about what he According to Max Its going to take and youll have to reteach Josh but hes going to be I told him the doctors pretty much told me flat out hes going to Christy But you dont Max The Lord is with The Lord is going to take care of Please see PA8 Christy calls it a miracle her survived a twostory fall on Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds meaning ByLISAFIPPS Tribune In an the Bowleys lives changed It was June Josh and his sister were in a bedroom in the familys second floor Mom Christy was just a few feet away in the kitchen making a I heard everybody Christy Josh had fallen from the window and land ed on a concrete Josh was rushed to Howard Community Hospital before being via Lifeline to Indianapolis Methodist They said Lifeline was on its and I knew then it was Christy We went to Howard Commu nity and they took us back into this little We waited a Jittle but if seemed like They told me he was still alive and said I could go in and see But something was telling I he He hit Whats he going to look like When family and friends arrived at a trauma nurse told her Josh would need which would take six to 12 We just had enough time to go outside to light a and she said come they told us the main blood vessel in his head was They said they would do the best they Christy the doc tors warned If he hemor rhages if his head swells or it he gets a blood heJl Me died once on Life Hn6 andlhree times in They said the first 72 hours were They were sup posed to put a probe in his head so it wouldnt But the doc tor He said there was no sense in making Josh suffer any That told me he didnt think Tosh was going to make After he made it through the first they put it For five Josh was in a coma and was then slowly weaned off a In a week he Was in a regular His eyes were but he just wasnt Christy Once completely out of the His first word I know she said and You cant Christy said as she shook her remem bering how she felt when lie said her Every time Id hold him Id blow on his One day he He thought it was the funniest I started That was the first reaction I had out of June 15 he was off the respira June 22 he was moved to June 24 he started July 29 he returned Christy has marked all the dates on her just as par ents do when a chila takes the first step or cuts the first Since Christy Its just been a waiting game to see what was going to Christy is careful not to try to think about the she said she takes it one day at a GOP moderates agree on new crime bill WASHINGTON AP Democrats and moderate Republi cans discussed final details of a new billion crime bill Satur day and prepared to bring it before the full House for a late night Were down to writing said Majority Leader Richard Earlier in the he had The devils in the House and Senate conferees were expected to meet Saturday The Woodstock experience from an eyelevel view Inside todays Tribune Also Inside Local Find out more about Koko mos delegation to Woodstock in Page Style To better serve our the Kokomo Tribune Style Sec tion will now publish Us Food page on The Travel ana Family pages will now be published on Sports Howard County teams look good in foorbaU markets B1012 Classified ads DM2 DearAbby D2 D3 Entertainment E67 Local news Cl7 Nation A2 News of record A8 Obituaries A8 Opinion A67 Science C8 Sports 819 State A34 Style El5 World AS with a House vote expected there was no deal between Democrats and a group of 3040 moderate Republicans who had been negotiating with them since a key GOP criticism of the original billion measure its more than billion in programs had been resolved during a allnight session Satur The negotiators agreed to cut the total price tag by more than with twothirds of it com ing from crime denounced as pork by the Saturday solutions were reached on a number of other contentious although there were no specific commit ments by Republicans to vote for the bill or to encourage fellow Republicans to do according to a source close to the The source said that despite the lack of handshake House leaders felt it was worthwhile to put the new package to a vote of the full House in hopes that enough Republicans would be sat isfied by the pork trimmed from the bill to vote for Even if the bill passed the it still would have to clear one final hurdle in the Senate where some conservative Republi cans threatened in advance to stall action unless the bulk of spending cuts reached by House negotiators came from prevention Senate judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph who sat in on the House pre dicted a struggle to gather the 60 votes needed to stop a Technical changes were still being negotiated Saturday night on the bills ban on assaultstyle Biden but they would not affect the basics the banning of 19 named weapons and scores of firearms with simi lar The legislation would help fund new police on Americas allow lifetime imprison ment for some threetime violent and drug allow 13year olds to be tried as adults for many violent federal crimes and make it a federal offense to cross state lines to injure a spouse or domes tic During negotiations Saturday the Democrats agreed to a GOP provision letting evi dence of prior sexual attacks be admitted in trials of accused But the Democrats insist ed that the effective date be delayed to allow a review by the Judicial made up of the nations federal said the who spoke on condi tion of If the Judicial Conference rejects Congress would then have to act to delete the On another key the Democrats agreed to limit the retroactivity of new rules exempt ing some firsttime drug offenders from mandatory 5 and 10year federal Some Republicans said it could free as many as although the Justice Department predicted only a few thousand at most would Cash payments to Cuba cut off CubanAmericans wont be able to send money to relatives under sanctions ing Fid WASHINGTON AP Mov ig to punish and further isolate Fidel President Clinton slapped new sanctions on Cubas Communist government Saturday mat will cut off an important source of hard currency pay ments by CubanAmericans to their relatives back Accusing Castro of trying to defuse unrest at home by provok ing Cuban citizens to flee to Flori Clinton declared The solu tion to Cubas many problems is not an uncontrouea it is freedom and In a written and broadcast state Clinton said he was barring cash payments by CubanAmeri cans to relatives in Cuba and putting new limits on flights between the United States and the island He also pledged increased and amplified radio broadcasts into Cuba warning res idents not to take to the The Cuban Foreign Ministry denounced the action and denied the Cuban government had encouraged residents to The government in no way tackles me essence of the which is the fact that there is a policy deliberately aimed at making life unbearable in Carlos director of the ministrys Norm American told The natural and logical outcome is to have people wanting to leave the Departures from Cuba contin ued in a steady The Coast Guard said it rescued 575 Cubans fFriday and had intercepted 468 by midafternoon Clintons action was warmly welcomed by Florida Lawton Chiles and CubanAmerican offi cials who met with the president Friday night and returned to the White House for consultations Sat Chiles said the actions sent a message mat theres some price to for Castros efforts to export his problems to the United I mink what these steps mean is that we will be doser to a democ ratic system in predicted Jorge Mas chairman of the Cuban American National The steps Clinton announced Saturday include A cutoff of cash remittances to Americans can send a quarter to Cuban citi In additipa family gift pack ages will be limited to food and humanitarian tNew limits on charter flights between Cuba and the United This will put a halt to all charters except those designed to conduct official trans port legal immigrants and repatri ate
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