Galveston Daily News, December 28, 1978, Page 70

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December 28, 1978

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Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - December 28, 1978, Galveston, Texas R-DH inc. APPLIANCE WORLD Soles Service 941 -3451 'HCJ30 ATrTr INSTANT 945-6632 Thursday Morning, December Serving over Homes on the Mainland of Galveston County. Me Adams Junior High Honors 142 Students News Mainland Bureau DICKINSON- -McAdams Junior High School in Dickinson named 142 of its sixth, seventh and eighth grade students to the school's regular honor roll. They are: Sixth Grade Theodore W. Armstrong, Richard 0. Beggs IV, Deaina M. Berry, Lana A. Blair, Pamela L. Broman, Virginia L. Burris, Donna D. Carrigan, Joseph A. Chandler, Joe A. Christoffel, Suellen Collier, Dana A. Coody, Clay F. Cooper, Samuel B. Crosby, Nicky N. Daughtrey Jr., Kelly Frederick, David S. Gawrylowicz, Paula C. Goodrum, Larry J. Gregory, Holly C. Heney, Carol S. Hearn, Marijane Hedrick, Robert P. Ingram, Joseph R. Magnant, Michelle L. Mannies, George A. Marchette, Anthony C. Martin, Bridget A. Melancon, Kent D. Neubauer, Donna L. Nicholson, Dennis W. Pate, Tracy Pendus, James D. Reyer, Mary V. Robinson, Bethnew W. Ronk, Tracy A. Rotter, Peggy D. San Martino, Laura A. Shinn, Aimee D. Skaines, Katherine H. Smith, Kegina L. Smith, Tanya R. Smith, Stephanie C. Tackett, June Timmons, Deborah A. Tripp, Colette R. Veasey, Angela J. Whitlow, Rodney J. Wilcox, Kenneth V. Williams, Jeffrey S. Wilson, Ivan R. Yanasak and Kristi J. Young. Seventh Grade Christopher M. Allio, April A. Bass, Michelle Bowen, Michele Cap- pellina, Bret Carlin, Tracy A. Chapman, Mary T. Clerc, Michael 0. Curry, Maria E. Davila, Fred W. Devault Jr., Thomas E. Dunning, Patricia E. Feighner, Densia A. Ferguson, Stacy A. Griffin, Jill M. Guleserian, Kelly K. Hart, Vernon L. Henson, Judy S. Herring, Brenda D. Hilton, Monica L. Holley, Tamara J. Hunter, Joycelyn K. James, Gordon L. Johnson, Kristine R. Johnston, Leah I. Lord, Eletha Maddox, Stella Maldonado, Cynthia K. Marks, Jennifer McCuen, Michele J. McErlean, David E. McMillon, Kathleen T. Morvilla, Dea A. Neiibmier. Vanieta L. Nichols, Susan K. Null, James A. Osborn, Zelda A. Payne, Cynthia T. Perry, Randy C. Pittrnan, Ann R. E. L. M. F. i Reagan, Barbara Reumont, Robin Shumer, Shelia Sidiropoulos, Mary Simmons, Cheryl Taeuber, Marian M. Taft, Diana Casquez, Angela S. West, Sherry L. Wewer, Christin E. Whitlock, Kimberly A. Williams, Kimberly C. Wilson and Patricia A. Witte. Eighth Grade Erie L. Bahringer, Brett N. Bond, Michelle Boyd, Deborah Y. Bunch, Laura Burkett, Jay A. Cioni, Malcolm B. Colditz, Dawn R. Cook, Shanda L. Cooper, Rose A. Cordova, Charles Ganze, Evelyn G. Holly, Stephen D. Holmes, Lisa M. Isom, Joycelyn G. James, Zan N. Johncock, Leslie Latimer, Timothy L. Maldonado, Kevin L. Marble, Rena M. Maroul, Michael D. McMillon, Judy Metcalf, Steven R. Nye, Heidi M. Ostendorf, Melanee D. Powell, Frank W. Reid, William S. Sauer, Andrea E. Smith, Laurie A. Stallings, Jennifer G. Tucker, Cindy G. Whatley, Kathy J. Williams, Brenda S. Witte, William D. Wooley, Yolanda L. Woods, Kelly J. Wynn and Linda S. Zunk. Tragic Trimnal story, cont. He's not dead. He's alive' By Tom Tiedc WASHINGTON (NEA) Stanley and Sara Trimnal of Oastonia, N.C., have been beset by troubles since 19VO. He was in a road accident then, and though he survived he never regained con- sciousness. When doctors gave him up as a hopeless vegetable, his wife was forced to take him home to care for him. You may have read about the matter. The melancholy Trimnal plight received na- tional newspaper attention earlier this year. The couple had Yio friends, and no mon- ey, but Mrs. Trimnal had faith; although she'd been urged to let her husband die, she said she would continue to nurse him until he got well. He didn't get well. In the past year Mr. Trimnal has remained in a comatose state, neither talking with nor recognizing his nursing wife. Besides this, he's suf- fered a myriad of physical complications; he's had pneumonia, a lung infection, wretched fevers, vomiting spells, and other enfeebling attacks. Recently, in fact, Mr. Trimnal stopped breathing. And that's when the latest chapter of this thoroughly tragic story began. Mrs. Trimnal says that when her husband was rushed to the hospital in their hometown, "he was treated badly and refused admittance." At least one physician verifies the charge. The incident took place on Nov. 22. Mrs. Trimnal says she was sitting with her husband in their small home when he stopped breathing. Instantly, she attached a manual respirator (rubber bag) over his tracheotomy tube, and began pumping air into his lungs. At the same time she called the rescue squad. It was late afternoon. Rush hour. Normally, Mrs. Trimnal would have taken her husband to a hospital in Charlotte, 18 miles away, but this time she thought better of it. "Too much she says, "and too far away." Instead, the am- bulance took Mr. Trimnal to the nearby community hos- pital, Gastonia Memorial. Mrs. Triinnal says her problems at Gastonia began at the door. Though she was in fact her husband's nurse, she was not allowed to ac- company him into the emer- gency ward. Shortly after, Mr. Trimnal's doctor ar- rived at the hospital; and then, says Mrs. Trimnal, "Everyone in the place just started to argue." In part, the argument was over Mr. Trimnal's physi- cian, Dr. Matthew Stroup. He had been a staff member at Gastonia Memorial for more than 30 years, but had recently been dismissed for what hospital officials called incompetence. Stroup count- ered his dismissal with a SARAH TRIMNAL was sitting with her eomatose husband Stanley when he stopped breathing. She pumped air into his lungs and rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he did not receive prompt emergency treatment because of an admittance squabble. Now he is brain damaged. suit for dam- ages. So while Stanley Trimnal lay near death, actually turning blue for lack of oxy- gen, the physicians argued over whether he could be admitted on the request of Dr. Stroup. Hospital rules normally permit patient ad- mission only by staff physi- cians; since Dr. Stroup was no longer on the staff, the rules held. The administrator for Gastonia Memorial denies that his staff was negligent or callous during the inci- dent. Tom Matherlee says "Mr. Trimnal was not de- nied admission." He says Dr. Stroup was repeatedly asked to contact a staff physician to authorize a for- mal patient admission, "but he did not do it." Matherlee, who was not present during the emer- gency room squabble, fur- ther says that his hospital was ready and willing to give full assistance to Mr. Trimnal. "We had begun some he explains, "but then Dr. Stroup decided that he would remove the and take him to another hospital." Whatever the truth of the matter, and whoever was to blame for it, Mr. Trimnal did not receive emergency treatment at Gnstonia Memorial. Dr. Stroup says the man should have been taken to intensive care, and the admission rules be damned, "but they just let him lie there until his color was almost black." Mr. Trimnal was at Gasto- nia Memorial for more than an hour. Records indicate that his vital signs were read, but, allegedly, nothing further was done. Nurses continued to force air into him throughout the ordeal. Eventually, he was put back in an ambulance and driven through the traffic to a Char- lotte facility. Once in the Charlotte hos- pital, Mrs. Triir.nal says her husband was quickly exa- mined. Then he was admit- ted without further incident. Charlotte doctors say the patient was given an intra- venous feeding, as well as other emergency treatment, "and within a few minutes he was placed under a resus- citator." But the long delay had apparently taken its toll. Mr. Trimnal had not breathed for himself for more than 90 minutes, and doctors told his wife the absence of oxygen had damaged his brain cells. Doctors say the damage is permanent and he will have to remain in resuscitation for the remainder of his life. Mr. Trimnal is now home again. Mrs. Trimnal has purchased a second-hand resuscitator, and is learning to operate it. She says she still refuses to believe his case is hopeless: "He's not dead. He's alive. And as long as he is alive I will do for him. He's my husband, after all, and I love him very much." INRWSPAPKK ENTKHPHISK ASSN.I See This Sunday's TV Guide for all

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