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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta MUCH WARMER FORECAST HIGH SATURDAY 3CMO ABOVE lethbridge Herald LKTHBIUDGK, ALBKRTA, FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS PAGES PIGSKIN DRESSING Nurse Diana O'Shea prepares a sfrip of pigskin dressing at Scar- borough Genera! Kospilal's burn unit in Toronto. (CP Wirephoto) Pigskin used technique TORONTO (CP) Plastic surgeons at Scarbor- ough General Hospital's burn unit are using pigskin almost exclusively as dressings for severely burned pa- tients following the remarkable recovery of a Kapuskasing, Ont., woman treated according to the revolutionary new technique. The technique was developed and is used exten- sively by Lbc Brooke Army Medical Centre in San Antonio. Texas. Scarborough General's burn unit, rated of the best in Ontario, is the first to try it out in Canada. Dr. Lloyd Carlscn, the hospital's senior plastic surgeon, said Thursday he has treated about 25 se- verely-biirned patients with pigskin, notably Mrs. Hcjean Eajicoitrt, 29, of Kapuskasing. The young mother took a smudge off her night gown last Sept. 19 with some cleaning fluid, then lit a cigarette. Her gov.7i burst into flames and she suf- fered third-degree, burns to almost 70 per cent of her body. Since the accident, ir.orc than 100 square feet of pigskin from specially raised pigs in the United States have been employed by surgeosis in treating her injuries. Generally, burns to 40 per cent of the body are considered fatal, especially if they are third-degree. In Mrs. Hancourt's case, doctors told relatives at first there was litlle hope, but she'll be going home this month. Dr. Carlson said pigskins have been used by U.S. Army hospitals for nearly three years. "We've been using them for 18 montlis and we're the only hospital in Canada doing so." The plastic surgeon said Ule Brooke medical re- search learn was attempting to find a substitute for skin is taken from one person and grafted on lo it ran across pigskin. He said doctors prefer skin from one part of a patient's to of tJie rejection factor inherent in homogralts. How- war. in cases like Mrs. Rancourt's the burns were so severe thai she did not have enough skin left to rover (fie damaged areas. Skin, ran out 'Hie burn unit medical learn took 12 skin grafts from her legs Riid shoulder, but tliere was not enough to continue. It look tier longer and longer to generate new days the first lirr.e and 19 days Ihe second. [encountering similar problems in its early efforts, Iho Brrake rrwarrh team looked to animals as a source of possible hclerografls. Dog's skin was a pos- sibility but eventually was turned down because of fhe hair. The researchers settled [or pigs and the dressings now arc commonly called porcine dressings. The Am- ericans also developed a program where the pigs are raised in a sterile environment. Because pigs have thick skins, several slices can lie made from one site for hclerografts. The dress- ings arc sen! in rolls in vacuum boltles lo Scarbor- ough General. The drcrsinjrs ahnul 12 one-thousandths o( an inch (hick air "closer ID natural coverage Ilian Dr. said, and permit UK- surgeons lo leave burns exposed. If (he pigskin dressing "takes" and grows to liie patient's skin, it will be rejected when the blood sup- ply is cut oif. The grafted skin dies and sloughs off, much like a scab, without psin to the patient. I3r. Carlscn said that porcine dressings are "not meant to replace aulografts." "N'othing is an iiHcrnnlivc to patient's skin unless it i.s a he said. "Even in cases of third-degree hums, the graft must eventually be re- by tha patient's skin." Message aboard craft CAPE KENNEDY, Flu. (API Pioneer, 10, travelling at record speed, raced on an al- most perfect course loday to- ward the distant planet Jupiter and an denial journey through interstellar Flying with Hie spacecraft wcs 3 message for alien civili- zations which might exist, be- yond the solar system. Project officials said a brief firing cf small spacecraft jets next Monday would adjust Pi- oncer path so it would zero in on Jupiter, 21 months and more than GOO million miles away. If all goes as planned, the In- terplanetary explorer will be the first to fly through the as- teroid belt, the first to explore the solar system's largest planet and the first to escape the solar system to wander for- ever through other galaxies. MAY FLY FOKEVKK If it does not collide with a celestial body or is not captured by outer space beings, scientists said it will fly for eternity. On tho outside chance that it one day might be intercepted by intelligent beings from another civilization. Pioneer 10 carries a geld plaque which tells in draw- ings and scientific symbols and from where it launched end by what kind of people. Included are the naked figures of a man and woman, the man's right hand raised in a gesture of friendliness. The pay load will penetrate the atmosphere of Jupiter Dec. 2, 1973, to begin four days of intensive investigation before zipping on into space. The craft may transmit pic- lures of one of the planet's most puzzling great red spot which seems to floa t through the clouds, at limes growing lo miles in length, A reran' ther.y is that the spot is a huge piece of solid hydrogen floating in a sea of gases. In 11 or 32 years after launch, Pioneer 10 would become tha first manmade device to escape the solar system after it passes beyond the orbit of Pluto, it would travel in a straight line toward Uio star Aldebaran, a journey of 1.7 billion years. Sterilization act be repealed EDMONTON (CPT Seven- ty-seven persons were sterilized in Alberta last year under an act that the government an- nounced Thursday it will re- peal. The sexual Sterilization Act vrill he repealed because "it of- fends basic human rights." Introduced in the 1950s, the act allows sterilization of re- tarded people after presenta- tions for cause to the Alberta eugenics board. James Henderson, formev So- cial Credit [icalth minister, said repealing Hie act isn't neces- sary, because alJ sterilizations were vohmtary. The sterilizations in nearly all instances were iniliater] by a doctor and the person in- volved or a relative gave con- sent. Higher grain sales respects brighten KEGINA (CP) Canadian farmers can look forward lo grain safes approaching 800 million bushels this year and even move than that in the next ci'op year, Otto Lang, fed- eral minister in charge of the Canadian wheat board, said Thursday. Mr, Lang, speaking al a news conference prior to accepting his award as salesman of the year from the Saskatchewan Sales and Marketing Club, said he [eels it wouldn't take much (or Canadian grain sales lo 'And this is one of nte hid'ing behind a Lougheed esleps criticism By GREG McINTRYE Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON Premier Peter Lougheed today side- stepped criticism by a southern Alberta MLA that the govern- ment has discriminated against the Opposition in to ap- point them to six important legislative c o in m ittees an- nounced in the speech from the throne Thursday. "I've got an answer for the premier said at a press conference loday. "hut its the kind of answer I'd rath- er make in the house." Bill Wyse (SC-Medicine Hat) said Thursday that despite con- cern for human rights express- ed in the speech from the throne, the government has discriminated against Opposi- tion MLAs by leaving them off committees that should be made up of members of all sides of the legislature. The committees will study: human rights, senior citizens, handicapped children, the fam- ily farm and agricultural mar- keting and mental health. Mr. Loiighecd said the crili- cism by Mr. Wyse was prema- ture since members of the com- mittees still have to be chosen. Nobody knows hoiv Heal record NEW YORK (AP) The mercury set a city heat record for the second straight day Thursday reaching 65 degrees shortly before !l a.m. The earlier record high for March 2 was fA degrees in 18B2. On Wednesday, (he 70-year- old record of 63 degrees for March 1 was eclipsed around noonlimc. The temperature eventually hit 73. Bv OREO Me I NT V (If; llcraltl Staff Urilrr EDMONTON A serial committee, looking into alterna- tives to the Communal Proper- ties Act is fo report to the Al- herta Legislature by this fall. Premier Peter said at a news conference Friday. The act and Ihe Communal Properties func- tion to limit the size of llut- lerite settlements were sus- pended in December by David Russell, minister erf municipal affairs. pass the record 706 million bu- shels exported in the last sales year and "certainly for 1U73 we are looking at 800 million b'lsh- els or even higher." Mr. Lang said his prediction Is based on two factors: Ihe ad- vance sales already made, such as the sals to Russia ejrlkr this week, and an estimate on market potential. GOOD, HAD YEARS He said on the basis of in- formation available the govern- ment was going to advise Ca- nadian farmers to sow about 19 million acres of land to wheat this year and another 15 mil- lion acres to barley. However, he also said he didn't want to make farmers think that such sales would con- tinue indefinitely, as the possi- bilities of good and bad years Btill remain. Mr. Lang also said farmers will Ire advised that (heir wheat quota next year will be eight oi' nine bushels per assigned acre and the barley quota will be between 15 and 20 bushels per assigned acre. Mr. Lang said increasing Ca- nadian gram sales had to be due lo a number of factors. A main reason is the fact the Ca- nadian wheat board is taking advantage of every opportunity lo sell Canadian grain. Another factor, he said, was that Canada in the last couple of years has entered the feed grain and oilseeds export mar- kets. This has done much lo help the Canadian export pic- ture in grains. Six-year-old boy rescued from hole EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) A rescue worker carried six-year- old Anthony Bernardino to safely today after ttx: boy had spent almost seven hours tightly wedged 27 feet down a narrow hole, Tlie dirt-caked and pale youngster said, "Hi, Mommy, Hi to his parents he- fore being taken by helicopter to a medical centre for observa- tion. He was reported in good condition. long lo sit GREG McINTRYE iferald Staff Writer EDMONTON Nobody knows how long the first sitting of (he 17th Alberta Legislature Hill last. Premier Loughccd. at a news conference loday. said "I'd only be guessing and last year my estimates were among Ihe worst. Give me five weeks and ask that question again, if you will." The only certainly is that there will be a spring and a fall session for the first fime this yrar. "Rut don't ask when the fall sesion starts. Nobody is sure of that Ihe premier said. Had language user not even a Liberal EDMONTON (CP) An Edmonton man who shouted and screamed at a long-dis- t a n c R telephone operator %vas fined Thursday for interfering with telephone service. Before sentencing Harry Chamczuk, 45, Judge Lucien Maynard asked if the lan- guage used wa'.s "as bad as ibe prime minister used in the House of Commons.'1 "Nothing as bad as that." replied Crown prosecutor S. C. McGocy. "This fellow isn't even a Liberal." Slfiliohmaslcr suicides afler Ira in era si i INGOLSTADT (AIM One oil Irain crashed into another one in the Ingolstadt station Thursday night, killing three persons, and afterward Uic sia- tionmaster threw himself in front of a moving train and died, police in this West Ger- man city said. The body of Otto Mayer, 50, the stationmaster, was found! on a track outside Ingolstadt Uiis morning. NEW SPEAKER Premier Peter Lougheed smiles at ihe opening of ihe Alberta Legislature Thursday as he escorts a new Speaker, Gerry Amerongen, MLA for Ed- monton Meadowlark, left, to his new position. It is Mr. tougheed's first session as premier afler his Progressive Conservatives defeated the Social Credif government last August. {CP Wirephoio) Speech ''loo vague'' claims Strom Cyprus rejects demand NICOSIA (AP) A huge rally in Nicosia today rejected a demand Ijy the synod of the Cy- prus church for the resignation of Archbishop Makarios as pres- ident of the island republic. Tlie vast pro-Makarios assem- bly was regarded as a blunt rejection by the people of Cy- pms of attempts by the ruling Greek colonels in Athens to oust Makarlos or turn him into tlieir puppet. The crowd, estimated at was second only to the unprecedented turnout 13 years ago. when Makarios returned from exile at the end of the independence struggle against the British, to become the is- land's first president. Makarios avoided reference to the rift beUveen him and the Greek colonels, Thich threatens to plungG this predominantly Greek island into civil war again. But other speakers at the rally were scathing m denounc- ing his opponents. The Bishop of Suffragan of Constania, one of the archbish- op's closest aides, called on the rally "to chop off the hands raised against the Hundreds o f pi-o-Maknrios demonstrators tried to storm the Kitirnn bishopric in Limas- sol, but a group of armed cunf- inns drove them off. A police, guard was shot and badly wounded and the armed civil- ians were believed responsible. CHILDREN' DEMONSTRATE Thousands of schoolchildren left classes in Nicosia today and paraded through the streets, carrying photographs of Maka- rios and chanting slogans in his favor. Abbots of the six major mon- asteries on Cyprus and a group of 19 lesser monastery leaders and theologians rejected tha syncd decision and called on Makarios to stay on as both po- litical and religious leader. EDMONTON