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By BOB MAGINNIS | August 20, 2007
Alivia Koontz won't be 4 until March, but by then the Hagerstown child will have had more heart surgeries than years on this earth. Today Alivia and her family leave the Nemours Cardiac Center of the Alfred I. Du Pont Hospital for Children in Delaware, where she had been treated for a heart condition known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, or HLHS. Simply put, one side of her heart is underdeveloped, which means that the other chamber has to do the work of both. Alivia has already had three heart operations and her mother, Angela Koontz, said that on Tuesday the little one will undergo a heart catheterization.
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By Bob Maginnis | August 20, 2005
Have you ever been in an emergency room with your child? If your experience was like some that my wife and I have had, you sat there dreading what you might hear, then gasped in relief when the doctor told you your child was going to be just fine. Now imagine going to the hospital to have your child tested, knowing the doctor might tell you that your under 2-year-old child might need heart surgery - for the third time! That's what faces Angela and Jimmy Koontz next week when they travel to the Nemours Cardiac Center of the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, where their daughter Alivia, whose first birthday was in April, will undergo a heart catheterization.
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by BOB MAGINNIS | July 12, 2006
The smile on her tiny face is angelic, but when you see the scar peeping out of the top of her play gear, you know she's been through more than any baby should have to endure. Her name is Alivia Koontz, a Hagerstown-area 2-year-old born with a heart condition known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, or HLHS. She has already had two operations to allow the right side of her heart to do by itself what both sides usually do together. After doing a heart catheterization last August, doctors at the Nemours Cardiac Center in Delaware decided to wait on the third surgery until this summer, to give Alivia time to get a little bit older and gain more weight.
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December 27, 2009
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- It took an emotional team meeting, a sleepless night and about an hour of practice for coach Urban Meyer to change his mind about resigning at Florida. With his health and his family still major concerns, Meyer withdrew his resignation Sunday and decided instead to take an indefinite leave of absence. He will coach the fifth-ranked Gators in the Sugar Bowl against No. 4 Cincinnati on Jan. 1, then take some time off in hopes of alleviating recurring chest pains.
NEWS
December 15, 2006
A queen-size, heart-motif quilt was handmade by the cardiac rehab department and other Washington County Hospital employees to raise money for the cardiac rehab scholarship fund. The fund enables uninsured and underinsured patients to participate in the cardiac rehab program, an exercise and education program designed to improve quality of life for patients who have a heart condition or have had a heart attack. Raffle tickets cost $1 each or six for $5, and are available at the Washington County Hospital gift shop, The Boutique LLC, L&L Classic Clothing, Figurehead II, Lena's of Hagerstown, Basketful of Gifts and Maggie's Hangups.
NEWS
March 20, 1998
Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II was readmitted to the hospital Thursday afternoon for treatment of a bacterial sinus infection, said Karen Giffin, the city's spokeswoman. "The mayor wants to reassure the public that his latest hospitalization is not related to his heart condition," Giffin said. Hospital officials said Thursday night they had no information on Bruchey's condition. Bruchey, 39, underwent angioplasty on March 11 at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
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June 16, 2008
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Washington Square United Methodist Church, 538 Washington Avenue, Hagerstown, will hold a car and truck show to benefit Alivia Koontz, a 4-year-old Hagerstown girl with a heart condition. The show is being sponsored by Scott's Speed Shop and Autocare Elite. The fee to register a car or truck in the show is $10, with registration from 9 to 11 a.m. A kids' remote-control car race will be held at 11 a.m. Entrants will receive a dash plaque.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | December 20, 2002
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Robert Burkhart, a long-time Berkeley County commissioner, missed the last regularly scheduled meeting of his career Thursday after he was taken to the hospital. "I think he was disappointed. Very disappointed," said Burkhart's daughter, Bobbi Miller, who was speaking from his hospital room at Winchester Medical Center in Virginia. "I think he wanted to say good-bye to everybody. " Burkhart suffered a stroke in April, but he was not taken to the hospital this week for problems related to that, Miller said.
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by EDWARD MARSHALL and TARA REILLY | June 13, 2002
tarar@herald-mail.com Washington County residents faced hot, muggy temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday, but relief may be on the way today. Meteorologist Howard Silverman, of the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., said temperatures in the Hagerstown area probably will hit a high of around 80 degrees today. Silverman said the cooler temperatures will be accompanied by a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. "There's a chance that any one location will be hit," Silverman said.
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By ERIN JULIUS | December 27, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown man charged with second-degree murder in connection with the April death of his father pleaded guilty Dec. 20 to a misdemeanor charge of neglecting a vulnerable adult in Washington County Circuit Court. Gerald Wolford Record, 47, also faced a murder charge and a manslaughter charge, both of which were dropped as part of the plea agreement, according to court records. Record, who blamed his older brother for failing to care for their father, was being held Wednesday without bail at the Washington County Detention Center pending sentencing.
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