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Off-duty officer saves choking child

California Highway Patrol officer Art Montiel was busy shopping inside a Redwood City grocery store when he heard the panic cries of a mother in agony.

He quickly located the woman, who was slapping her 5-year-old son’s back. He was choking on a grape.

Montiel’s training had taught him he had very little time to waste. He rushed over and began emergency medical aid for an obstructed airway.

He administered abdominal thrusts and back blows all the while shouting to others nearby to all 911.

Eventually, the boy spit up the small grape. He began breathing normally and color returned to his face.

Montiel continued aiding the boy until paramedics arrived to take over.

“It is extremely fortunate that Officer Montiel happened to be in the right place at the right time,” said Captain Mike Maskarich in a prepared statement. “Swift and correct action is extremely important when you have an obstructed airway.”

The boy -- Miguel Alvarez -- quickly recovered from his Friday brush with death and was able to meet his hero in person earlier this week.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:09:48 -0700

Teen bludgeons dog to death during San Jose burglary

Two male teenagers arrested in San Jose during a burglary Tuesday have been linked to multiple burglaries in the neighborhood with one of the teens being booked with the fatal bludgeoning of a dog at a house they targeted, according to police.

Tuesday afternoon at approximately 2:33 p.m., San Jose police responded to a report of a burglary in progress in the 7000 block of Burnside Drive. 

Upon arrival, officers located two male juvenile suspects and took them into custody.  Subsequent investigation revealed the juveniles had committed several other residential burglaries in the area. 

On Tuesday night at around 8 p.m., San Jose police were contacted by a resident in the area of the initial call from the earlier burglary.  The resident told police that his home, located in the 6800 block of Eldridge Drive, had been burglarized and his dog had been bludgeoned to death inside the residence. 

Officers responded to the residence to conduct an investigation which revealed the two juvenile male suspects were also responsible for this crime.

Both minors were transported to Santa Clara Juvenile Hall and booked for residential burglary with one of the teen suspects additionally booked for animal cruelty. 

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:40:03 -0700

US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse

A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse.

The disease has already killed more than 1,400 people in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, and Doctors Without Borders warned that the tremendous influx of patients in Liberia, in particular, is overwhelming their treatment centers there.

"I wish I didn't have to say this, but it is going get worse before it gets better," Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said of the outbreak at the end of a visit to Liberia, where he described the situation as dire.

Liberia has recorded the highest number of cases and deaths of any of the four countries. Doctors Without Borders said in a statement that a new treatment center recently opened in the country's capital with 120 beds filled up almost immediately.

The tremendous number of patients means that the medical charity is not able to provide those patients with intravenous treatments, a primary way doctors keep people who are losing a tremendous amount of fluid alive.

The group did not mention Frieden's visit or recent U.N. ones, but it said discussions happening now about international coordination are coming too late and that there are countries that could make a dramatic difference if they provided more expertise and resources. It did not name the countries.

"This is not only an Ebola outbreak — it is a humanitarian emergency, and it needs a full-scale humanitarian response," Lindis Hurum, the group's emergency coordinator in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, said in the statement.

Frieden travels next to Sierra Leone, where the loss of a third senior doctor has raised concerns about the country's ability to fight the outbreak.

Dr. Sahr Rogers had been working at a hospital in the eastern town of Kenema when he contracted Ebola, Sierra Leonean presidential adviser Ibrahim Ben Kargbo said Wednesday.

Rogers' death marks yet another setback for Sierra Leone, a country still recovering from years of civil war, where there are only two doctors per 100,000 people, according to WHO. By comparison, there are 245 doctors per 100,000 in the United States.

Health workers have been especially vulnerable because of their close proximity to patients, who can spread the virus through bodily fluids. WHO has said that at least 240 health workers have been infected in this outbreak, more than in any other. One of those is an epidemiologist working with the WHO in Sierra Leone, who has been evacuated for treatment in Germany.

"The international surge of health workers is extremely important and if something happens, if health workers get infected and it scares off other international health workers from coming, we will be in dire straits," said Christy Feig, director of WHO communications.

A team of two experts was sent Tuesday to investigate how the Senegalese epidemiologist became infected, said Feig. In the meantime, WHO has pulled out its team from Kailahun, where he was working.

The epidemiologist had been doing surveillance work for the U.N. health agency, said Feig. The position involves coordinating the outbreak response by working with lab experts, health workers and hospitals, but does not normally involve direct treatment of patients.

There is no proven treatment for Ebola, so health workers primarily focus on isolating the sick. But a small number of patients in this outbreak have received an experimental drug called ZMapp.

Health officials in Liberia said two recipients of ZMapp in Liberia — a Congolese doctor and a Liberian physician's assistant — have recovered. Both are expected to be discharged from an Ebola treatment center on Friday, said Dr. Moses Massaquoi, a Liberian doctor with the treatment team.

The drug has never been tested in humans, and it is unclear if it is effective. Only a handful of people have received ZMapp in this outbreak, and some have recovered while others have died.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said it was notified Tuesday of an unrelated Ebola outbreak in Congo. The agency said Wednesday that 13 of the 24 people sickened there have died.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:37:20 -0700

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