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Archive for November, 2009

A brother’s generosity saves his sister’s life

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

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Last year in the US, organ donation saved or enhanced nearly 28,000 lives. One Wilmington woman said there is nothing she is more thankful for this holiday season.

“In 1993, I got really sick, I felt like I had the flu, and my body was achy. I had a fever and went to the doctor, and he told me I had lost two thirds of my kidney function and that eventually I would need a transplant,” described organ recipient Maddie Pimentel.

Lucky for Maddie, her brother Robb was a perfect match.

“It was very scary to think I’m going to need an organ transplant. I didn’t know anyone who had ever had any kind of transplant. This was back in 1994, so it was something that really was foreign to me and kind of scary,” said Maddie.

In 2007, she had the operation. She said, “My brother went in first, his transplant team went ahead and performed his surgery, and they pulled out a beautiful, pink healthy kidney, very strong. Once everything was cleared with that, they went ahead and took me back and performed my surgery, and that evening we were both up and talking. I think he was a little more sore than I was.”

Living with a piece of her younger brother has lead to some interesting life changes. “I think it’s made me like some of the things he likes. I never liked chicken wings, I never liked chocolate chip cookies, that was something that he loved,” Maddie explained.

While Maddie was lucky enough to find a match in her own family, not everyone is. That is why having an organ donor heart on your driver’s license like Maddie is so important.

“There are eight organs we can use for donation. The kidneys we count as two, the lungs we count as two, the heart, the liver, the pancreas, and the small intestines. Then you can save an additional 50 people with the donation of tissue such as bone, or cornea or skin and that sort of thing,” said Dwain Cooper of the Carolina Donor Services.

Right now, more than 100,000 Americans are waiting for an organ transplant. Three thousand of them live in North Carolina.

You can sign up to be an organ donor at the DMV when you get your driver’s license or at www.donatelifenc.org.

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Monday, we met a man whose step-daughter’s death gave others a new lease on life. Tuesday, Hailey Winslow introduces us to a woman who would not be here today, if it was not for the generosity of her brother.

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Drug charges against insurance agent dropped

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington | Drug charges were dropped late Monday against insurance agent James “Don” Bullard after a pill police seized from his house turned out not to be ecstasy.

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Responding officer now under arrest

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

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A former Fair Bluff police officer is in jail after allegedly breaking the laws he was sworn to protect.

The arrest of Gregory “Butch” Campbell dates back to October, when a small town drug store was robbed twice.

Coincidentally, Campbell was the investigating officer who showed up to investigate both of the break-ins.

Drug store owner Jack Meares told WWAY something was unusual about the police officer investigating both break-ins. “The response and everything was totally different, the investigation process was totally different, the medications taken were totally different. This time it was all controlled drugs wherein the first time it was not.”

On October 19th, someone smashed this window, and stole generic medications that police say had no street value. Two days later, after the window had been replaced, the pharmacy was broken-into again, this time nearly wiping out the store’s supply of Percocets.

Officer Gregory “Butch” Campbell responded to both break-ins. Now, he is under arrest for the crimes, allegedly stealing hundreds of Percocets, worth five dollars a pill on the street.

Despite the thousands of dollars worth of pills missing from Meares’ store, law enforcement officers say even more shocking is the fact one of their own is being blamed for breaking the laws he is expected to uphold.

“It’s really a scar on us as law enforcement. Because we are really held up to a higher standard,” said Chief Marty Lewis of the Fair Bluff P.D.

“Anytime that trust is broken, it’s a slap in the face to all law enforcement,” added Captain David Nobles.

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videoA former Fair Bluff police officer is in jail after allegedly breaking the laws he was sworn to protect.

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Zimmer Cancer Center receives federal dollars to help fight cancer

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

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Nearly two million federal dollars will be used to help fight cancer in underserved members of the community. Congressman Mike McIntyre presented the Zimmer Cancer Center at New Hanover Regional Medical Center a check for $450,000 from the National Cancer Institute Tuesday.

The cancer center will receive a total of $1.9 million over the next five years. The hospital will use the money to hire additional research staff and guide cancer patients through obstacles in the health care system.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center President and CEO Jack Barto said, “In these tough economic times, receiving this grant right now allows us to continue a program for the underserved. And I think clearly, with everything going on, the underserved population is always at risk, and this is a good opportunity for us to continue this and get more and more minorities and underserved people involved in good clinical trials for cancer which obviously we hope will result in better outcomes for people.”

The grant is a continuation of a $3.8 million grant the hospital received over the last five years.

That money was used to purchase equipment that helps video-conference with researchers at UNC and Wake Forest.

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of the community. Congressman Mike McIntyre presented the Zimmer Cancer Center at New Hanover Regional Medical Center a check for $450,000 from the National Cancer Institute Tuesday.

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Here Now – Alcoholics, addicts need jobs on road to recovery

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

The high jobless rate is hitting home at Miracles in Progress.John Freifeld established Miracles in Progress Aftercare Recovery Homes in 2004 to help alcoholics and addicts who want to turn their lives around. Some 22 men are living in the two houses, building new lives one day at a time.

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