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Posts published in “Day: July 15, 2003

Modern Miracle saves heart attack victim


Miracles do happen. Just ask Les Smith who is alive today because his heart attack occurred at the right place at the right time.

On April 27, the 57 year old Smith had a massive heart attack as he walked towards a shuttle bus after the Shell Houston Open. “He just fell over, literally like a tree,” recalls DeAnne Meaux, chief of the Eastex Fire Department. Meaux was only ten feet away from Smith when he collapsed.

The Eastex rescue team rushed to Smith immediately and began CPR. Luckily, the department has just received an Auto External Defibrillator (AED) and had been trained on the machine just seven days earlier. AEDs are portable devices that can restart a stopped heart using an electrical shock, much like similar machines in hospitals.

“The machine that we used, we’d just received it. And that was the first time we used it,” said rescuer Theresa Rogers.

The Eastex team shocked Rogers four times in order to revive him. “That’s a lot of electricity going through the body,” said Meaux. But by the time, the paramedics put Smith in the back of the ambulance he was talking to them. “You don’t normally have a patient who has gone into full arrest and within the next five minutes be able to talk to you and tell you his name,” said Eastex fireman Charles Livanec.

Smith had no prior indication that he had heart trouble. Six weeks earlier the doctor gave him a clean bill of health, and Smith had been working out at the gym twice a week. After the heart attack, doctors discovered that three of Smith’s arteries were blocked; two in two places. Doctors had to put in five stints in Smith’s heart to keep his arteries open.

Smith remembers nothing about his rescue. But doctors said that if he had had the heart attack anywhere else, he wouldn’t have made it. It was the Eastex rescue team who was only a few feet away with an AED that saved Smith’s life.

Smith soon began a search for his rescuers so that he could thank them. Three weeks after he was released from the hospital, Smith learned it was the Eastex Fire department that administered aid. Smith made a special visit to formally thank the team. Now, according to Meaux, he drops by the station a couple times a week to hang out.

The experience has been special for all involved. “That kind of thing doesn’t happen everyday,” said Rogers.

Meaux said Smith now actively encourages all his friends and neighbors to learn CPR and for more groups to acquire AEDs. Approximately 350,000 people die every year from sudden cardiac arrest. According to some statistics, fewer than one in twenty survives, but AEDs may be able to prevent as many as half of those deaths. Since the late 1990s many have worked to put more AEDs and trained personnel in public places. So far, several airlines, patrol cars and businesses carry AEDs.

NHG Chamber Mixer will feature “Mattress Mack”

The North Houston Greenspoint Chamber of Commerce is holding a Business After Hours/Open House at the new Pebbles Conference Center of the Guesthouse International Inn & Suites and Conference Center, at Airtex and I-45. The event will be on Thursday, July 17 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., according to the Chamber. Guest speaker will be Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, of Gallery Furniture.

The GuestHouse International was formerly Shoney’s Inn & Suites. Additional information is available by calling Betty Carr at 281-876-7378.

Aldine students win Houston Rodeo scholarships

Reliant Stadium has been the site for rodeo, concerts, football and soccer, but on Thursday, May 22, 2003, it was where the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo helped make dreams come true for 305 high school seniors from across the Houston area with more than $3 million in scholarships.

Each young man and young woman received a four-year, $10,000 scholarship from one of three Show scholarship programs Metropolitan, Opportunity and School Art.

Aldine ISD students that won scholarships include from Aldine High School: Harlan David Hansel, Lauren Rachael Mensik, Anna Laura Reyes, Daisy Rios, and Brenda Alejandra Serrato. From Chester W. Nimitz High School: Ranell Rivera Bautista, Cooper Greye Corley, and Amy Guadalupe Perez. From Douglas MacArthur High School: Danilo Chavez, Cristina Rangel Garcia, Cristina Guerrero, Julia M. S. Korrodi, and Stephanie Martinez. From Dwight D. Eisenhower High School: Michael Esemuede Jones, Jessica Denise Pina, and Catherine Mai Tran. And from George Washington Carver: Anastasia Patrice Collier, Christopher Sean Iu and Cynthia Marie Johnson.

The Houston-area community has long supported the Show’s educational endeavors, and these scholarship programs were designed specifically to boost the educational opportunities for students in the Show’s home community.

The largest of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s programs, the Metropolitan scholarships are awarded to students in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Wailer counties based on academic achievement, leadership and community involvement.

The Opportunity scholarships are based on academic achievement, leadership and community involvement but also factor in financial need. Nearly 1,200 students from Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Wailer counties applied for the scholarships, and 100 recipients were selected.

In order to be eligible for a School Art scholarship, applicants must have achieved Best of Show, Gold Medal, Special Merit or Gold Star Finalist status at the district level in the Show’s School Art Program. These scholarship recipients must demonstrate the same academic achievement and leadership as Metropolitan and Opportunity winners.

In addition to the Metropolitan, Opportunity and School Art scholarships, the Show’s educational commitment of more than $7 million annually includes four-year, $10,000 scholarships through the Texas 4-H, FFA and FCCLA programs; Area Go Texan scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $10,000; graduate and doctoral fellowships; endowments; and support of educational programs such as the Rodeo Institute for Teacher ExcellenceTM.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a 501©(3) charity with a mission to benefit youth and support education. Since its beginning with a single scholarship in 1957, the Show’s educational program has committed in excess of $92 million to the youth of Texas.

Free Back-to-School Health Fair at Aldine Comunity Health Center July 28

Annual health check ups are important to maintain good health at any age. It is especially important to monitor children’s health at back to school time. Eligibility for sports programs requires students have a recent physical, and schools need up to date immunization records. Students learn better when they are healthy and can see the board and hear the teacher, but too often the need for children’s glasses or hearing aids goes unnoticed for years.

One roadblock to regular health screenings is cost. The Harris County Hospital District makes medical exams easy and fun with the free Aldine Back to School Health Fair. This event is open to everyone regardless of his or her financial situation.

At the Fair, participants can check their eligibility for a Gold Card that can give them free or reduced cost health care in the future.

The fair will be held on Monday July 28 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Aldine Community Health Center at 4755 Aldine Mail Route.

The services provided include eligibility, sport physicals, immunizations, sickle cell anemia checks, foot screenings, diabetes and cholesterol checks, dental screenings, blood pressure check and vision and hearing screenings.

Fun entertainment will help distract children from the pinch of shots. Music, clowns, and a puppet show will keep little ones entertained. And goodies and snacks will also be available.

This is the fifth annual fair. Administrators say it has been very successful in the past with lots of families participating.

Parents are reminded to accompany their children and to bring shot records if they plan to receive immunizations.

Anyone wanting a sports physical should bring the forms required by the school.

Sports physicals are limited based on the number of doctors available.

I’m pretty HOT, thanks to Gene Green and the Dems…

HOT! That’s what everything is right now. The weather, politics, me, yadda, yadda, yadda.

I was talkin’ to Miss Judy the other day and we got to comparin’ things today to what they were like when we were growin’ up.

We could, and had to, walk to school every day. Now, kids are picked up at every corner, in every neighborhood. God forbid the little darlings should have to walk a block or two so’s the bus could make a few less stops! We took a sack lunch to school. It might have been baloney, but we lived, didn’t we. Nowadays, the Government supplies free lunch, and breakfast, for anyone who wants it! (How do I get in on that one!).

Used to be that cities and counties built roads, supplied water and sewer, provided fire and police protection, and generally, stayed out of our way.

Now, the city and county genius’s build multi-million dollar sports stadiums for millionaire team owners, let them out of contractual agreements and then pay them for the early cancellation!

In the meantime, streets are falling apart, the sewer system money is gone, the county throws money away at the Central Plant because “they had the money”, on a vendor’s failure to perform, the big City is $150 million in the hole because of the mismanagement of the Genius of Lee. P. Brown, and the Gestapo taxing entities like the Appraisal District and certain school districts answer to no one with their teams of lawyers and conniving weasels.

Yes, I’m pretty hot! I guess venting is a good thing sometimes. As you can see, there is plenty of stuff for this ol cowboy to write about!

Speakin’ of writin’, I did a little research and found out why “The Weenie”, Gene Green was screamin’ about the redistricting plan for Texas. One of the three districts most affected and which will probably become Republican, is the district now controlled by The WEENIE himself.

Congreesman WEENIE, it seems that you are engaged in “purely partisan politics”! Now ain’t that cute! The pot callin’ the kettle black!

By the way congressman, in case you couldn’t tell, I don’t give a good rat’s rearend for you or your politics.

Now, the big question is, “what will you do when you are defeated next election”. I know, why not write about all your “heroic” friends! That should be real interesting.

STOP! See how these things make you crazy?

On to more pleasant things. Joe and Renee Anselmo just had their anniversary. Congrats, y’all!

Many of you know Joe for his famous haircuts at the shop named after him. He loves his job so much that I saw him take a ten dollar bill from a customer…..and give him twelve dollars back!! The best part was that the customer gave Joe a two dollar tip and Joe just said thanks! What a great place to get you ears lowered!

Spent much of the first of the week with good, honest folks- cowboy (and girl) poets, musicians, saddle and spur makers, radio DJ’s and other western folks at the Academy of Western Artists Convention and Awards Show in Ft. Worth. I hope to have a picture or two for you all next week.

I gotta go cool off, so last one out, make sure to shut the gate.

Just a Ridin’,
Your Pard,