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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 19, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas Toddler prepares for liver transplant PITTSBURGH (AP) - A desperately ill toddler whose mother went on network television to plead for a donor liver was being prepared for transplant surgery today after one prospective donor fell through but a second was found, a hospital spokesman said. The donor, a 21-month-old girl from Kentucky, (tied of a brain tumor at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday afternoon, according to hospital spokesman Wayne Woods. The girl’s name was not released. Surgeons from Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh were flying to Nashville early today to be on hand during removal of the donor’s organ. The liver is intended for 2-year-old Trine Engebretsen of Miami, who flew to Pittsburgh with her parents in a snowstorm Wednesday and was admitted to Children’s Hospital in serious condition, according to hospital spokesman Dick Reibling. Earlier Wednesday, Dr. Thomas Starzl, a pioneer in liver transplant surgery, had flown to Denver from Pittsburgh after learning that a liver might be available from a 23-month-old child who authorities described as a victim of child abuse. Removal of the brain-dead boy’s liver, originally scheduled for Wednesday evening, was postponed when it was determined that the Kentucky child’s blood type more closely matched Trine’s. Stand was to stay in Denver for the removal of that liver, which will be implanted in another critically ill child. The victim’s identity and details of his case were not released. Trine’s parents, I .ars and Mary Ann Engebretsen, left Tamiami Airport near Miami in 80-degree weather on a chartered private jet. They landed in a snowstorm at Greater Pittsburgh International Airport more than two hours later. Trine was carried from the airplane by her father, a cruise ship captain for Norwegian Caribbean Lines. He placed her on a stretcher and helped her into an ambulance for the ride to the hospital. The child suffers from a rare and incurable liver disease called alpha-antitrypsin deficiency. She was being treated for internal bleeding and other complications at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital, where doctors gave her only weeks, or days, to live without a transplant. On Jan. 5, Mrs. Engebretsen appeared on the NBC-TV “Today” program seeking public help to find a suitable liver for the child. Mrs. Engebretsen asked for “the ultimate act of generosity — to donate that child’s organs to save another child’s life.” U. S. military wants young strong dogs CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) - The military needs a few good dogs. If your dog stands proud and tall and can make the grade, the military will pay $400 for the canine recruit. A recruiting team from the Department of Defense Dog Center at lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio is at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station through Friday testing dogs for active duty. To qualify, the dog must be at least part German shepherd, Rottweiler or Bouvier Des Flanders and must be I to 3 years old. The government doesn’t discriminate against sex — male or female will do — but the animal must meet height and weight requirements. No dog under 22 inches or less than 55 pounds will be considered. The defense department says the recruiting effort is to “narrow the gap between the number of dogs on active duty and the number needed by the dog and other government agencies.” Each dog is required to go through a two-part psychological test to determine stress reaction and a physical exam. Recruiters say that only one dog in eight will be selected for the ll week training program which teaches the animals to detect bombs and narcotics. All breeds are used for this investigative work. But only German shepherd type dogs qualify for the infantry, where an attack instinct is required.Just having funAnnual school administrators meeting criticized AUSTIN (AP) — The annual closed dinner and hazing of new members of a Texas public school administrators fun fraternity called the Ancient and Beneficent Order of the Red, Red Rose was unusually subdued Monday night. “We’ve existed for years and nobody ever complained before,” said one member who, like the others, wore an embroidered red rose in his lapel and refused to give his name. He and several hundred othehe Austin American-Statesman that prior to 1974 the club was not only all-male, but all-white as well. “They excluded blacks and Mexican Americans and, generally, engaged in inebriated snake dances and other obnoxious behavior,” said the official, who asked not to be identified. But James Jeffrey, the “Grand High Scribe’’ of the club and the associate superintendent Of operations for Austin schools, said the color-line, at least, has been crossed. “I don’t know when the I the affair, it was timed on the night before a state-sponsored school administrators conference. Austin school superintendent John Ellis, reportedly one of the few Texas superintendents not a member of the club, said he understood Perot’s pique. “It’s an anachronistic organization from the days when there were exclusionary practices because of race, sex or ethnic background,” Ellis said. An official with the Texas State Teacher’s Association told the Austin Arnerican-Stalesman that prior to 1974 the club was not only all-male, but all-white as well. “They excluded blacks and Mexican Americans and, generally, engaged in inebriated snake dances and other obnoxious behavior,” said the official, who asked not to be identified. But James Jeffrey, the “Grand High Scribe” of the club and the associate superintendent of operations for Austin schools, said the color-line, at least, has been crossed. “I don’t know when the line was broken,” said Jeffrey, a club member since 1962, “but it is broken.” Downstairs from the ballroom where the dinner was held, club members wearing plastic hardhats labeled “prodder" corralled the neophytes in another party room. When the doors occasionally opened, laughter spilled out and men could be seen seated cross-legged on the floor wearing cardboard signs around their necks. Later, Jeffrey said, they would be subjected to crude humor and engage in shaving cream fights while being poked with toy cattle prods. A Hotel of Distinction i  w-    &    'Mib/Tx V* Aas ^ *0*    W    A 625-7791 • 240 S. Seguin Citrus fiesta to open despite freeze losses MISSION, Texas (AP) — The citrus judging event has been cancelled and the fruit floats will be made of paper or plastic, not grapefruit and (ranges. But with or without citrus, the Texas Citrus Fiesta will go on. “I don’t think we’ve ever had an experience like this before,” said Gerald Cook, president of the association that sponsors the event, referring the the December freeze that completely destroyed this year’s citrus crop. How can you have a citrus festival without citrus? “I guess the answer is that the fiesta is to honor the citrus industry and the character arid strength of those involved in growing and marketing citrus and doesn’t celebrate a particular crop,’’ Cook says. Cook admits that there is little for the citrus industry to celebrate this year. Rio Grande Valley growers are having one of the worst years in a half century following the destruction of the Valley’s $30 million grapefruit and orange crop. The freeze also damaged an undetermined number of trees and industry experts say next year’s crop may be 90 percent smaller than this year’s pre-freeze crop. “But citrus will bt- back. Just give the growers a couple of years and they’ll be back un top,” Cook says. Meanwhile, the fruit judging event has been cancelled arid citrus floats iii the parade will roll bedecked with substitute materials. Cook says that although this is tile first time since the fiesta began in 1931 that a damaging freeze has occured before the event, it is not the first time Mother Nature has played her tricks on Mission. “In 1949 there was a freeze on the day of the parade,” he says. “And another year we had a hurricane just before parade day.” Despite the setbacks this year, Cook says that none of the hundreds of people involved ever thought of cancelling the event, Jan. 19-29. Even without the citrus judging or fruit floats, the 10-day fiesta presents many attractions including a quilt show, a Noche Folkloric^, a coronation with a crowning of King Citrus and Queen Citrianna and a style show of clothing adorned with Valley products, tike corn husks and citrus pulp.IDOUBLEI [FEATURE girt* SH0WTIMES 7:30 * SAT. & SUN. MATINEES 12:30 S2.00 at 4:00 (“Slaying Alive” Shows First) po, CINEMA IA llUNCOMMON BL VALOR GENE HACKMAN Seven men with one thing in common ••• A PARAMOUNT ISI PICTURC    ISM SHOWTIMES -vV, 7:00 0:00 Sat. A Sun. Matinees 1:00 3:00 $2.00 at 3:00 Ford—Reagan needs to explain policies HAKIJNGKN (AP) — Former president Gerald * domestic entitlement programs. R. Ford told a group of business leaders in the Rio Grande Valley that more belt-tightening is needed in domestic programs if the country is to bring deficit spending under control. But, Ford said, Ronald Reagan needs to better explain his economic policies to American voters during this election year. “The press lias created the impression that the president cut (domestic) programs, that he has been unfair to the poor,” Ford said. “But the facts are that he has been very generous.’’ Ford, a member of the Board of Directors of Texas Commerce Bancshares Inc., told an audience of 500 bank customers and business leaders Wednesday, that Reagan had cut growth but not budgets iii He said Reagan had cut the growth of domestic entitlement programs from 17 percent annually to 9 percent. Ford said he was very optimistic about the future of the American economy. But, he said, Americans should be “deeply concerned about the country's deficits,” estimated to be about $186 billion in 1964. Federal borrowing “puts pressure on the financial market so that when the private sector comes to borrow, interest rates rise significantly,” he said. 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