November 20, 2010

Rescue Workers Save a Liver

1 Donated Organ Survives Plane Crash

Rescue workers managed to save a donated liver that was involved in a fiery plane crash in central England, reports CBS News. The liver was successfully transplanted at a nearby hospital. The organ was carried aboard a private jet which clipped an antenna as it was landing at the airport on Friday afternoon. The plane caught fire, but rescue workers were able to put it out and save the injured crew members. The rescued organ was taken to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital via a police motorbike. Investigators are looking into the cause of the crash which disrupted 80 other flights.

More at CBS News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Ways to Donate Your Body

Tags: Plane Crash, UK Plane Crash, Donated Liver Survives Crash, Rescuers Find Donated Liver in Crash, Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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Don't Eat and Drive?

2 Man Choking on Raisin Saved by Airbag

Richard Silvia, an oil tank repairman, lost consciousness while driving because he was choking on a raisin, but the impact of his airbag going off dislodged the raisin and revived him, says CNN. Unfortunately, Silvia, 53, caused a three-car accident with injuries after careening into oncoming traffic. While Silvia, from Falmouth, Massachusetts, survived with only a minor abrasion on his wrist, a woman in another car suffered a back injury. The man's fiancee, Lisa Dempsey, explained to CNN that Silvia is fine physically, but he won't eat now unless someone else is in the room.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Bagel Calorie Counter

Tags: Raisin Choking, Choking While Driving, Saving Yourself from Choking, Airbag Saves Choking Man, Choking on Raisin, Richard Silvia, Oil Tank Repairman, Lisa Dempsey

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Officers Didn't Apologize

3 TSA Makes Bladder Cancer Survivor Wet Self

Thomas Sawyer, a retired special education teacher and bladder cancer survivor, was chosen for enhanced pat down after airport body scanners picked up on his urostomy bag. Sawyer, 61, wears the bag to collect urine, but TSA officers broke the seal on his bag, causing urine to flow on his clothes and body, reports MSNBC. Upset and humiliated, Sawyer says he had to board his plane before he had a chance to clean up. Sawyer says that the TSA officers involved never apologized or offered to help him get cleaned up. Plus, Sawyer claims they were hesitant to comply with his request for a private pat down away from the view of other passengers. The frustrated man also says that the TSA officers didn't want to hear about his medical condition.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Thomas Sawyer, Urostomy Bag, Bladder Cancer Survivor, TSA Officers Cause Man to Urinate Self, TSA Officers Break Seal on Urine Bag, Enhanced Pat Down, Airport Body Scanners

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Passengers Speak Out

4 TSA Asks Breast Cancer Survivor to Show Prosthesis

"British MI5 says a Muslim female suicide bomber may be getting explosive breast implants"
- David in the comments

Cathy Bossi, an experienced flight attendant for U.S. Airways, was forced to show a TSA screener the prothesis she wears after losing her breast to cancer. Bossi, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., opted out of the full-body scan due to radiation concerns. During her pat down, Bossi was told by the TSA screener, "Well, you'll need to show me that [prosthesis]," reports MSNBC. Several other cancer survivors have been embarrassed during the TSA pat downs as well. Musa Mayer, who has worn a prothesis for 21 years, told MSNBC that she's used to alarms going off, but she wasn't prepared for the "invasive" experience of being poked and patted at Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Cathy Bossi, Ight Attendant for U.S. Airways, Cancer Survivors Complain About TSA Pat Downs, Invasive TSA Pat Down, Privacy Concerns over Pat Down, Breast Cancer Survivor Had to Show Prothesis at Pat Down, Dulles International Airport

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Are You Opting Out?

5 National Opt-Out Day November 24

"It is time for the public to take back our freedom and dignity"
- Kevin Moran in the comments

On a busy Thanksgiving travel day, many people may decide to opt out of body scans for privacy or health reasons, undergoing an enhanced pat down instead. Any day, all airline passengers can opt out of the full-body scans and receive an enhanced pat down instead, but one fed-up traveler is asking everyone to opt out of scans on Wednesday, November 24. According to the website for National Opt-Out Day, "OptOutDay.com is an educational outreach campaign, designed to get people to better understand what they are now consenting to when they purchase a plane ticket." The website also provides links making it handy for concerned travelers to write their senator or state representative.

More at Opt-Out Day | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Airport Scanner Radiation Tiny

Tags: National Opt Out Day, Opt Out of Body Scans, National Body Scan Opt Out Day, Opting Out of Body Scans, Privacy Concerns in Airport Scans, TSA Full Body Scans, Thanksgiving Travel Day

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