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Quick, Sur6 Officer Saves Boy
... at Hospital's Door
Saving lives inside Duke Hospital
is something that happens every
Saving a life on the sidewalk out in
front of the hospital isn't quite so
And when the person credited
with saving the life is a Duke
divinity student working as a
hospital security guard, that adds an
But that's what happened about
noon on Wednesday, June 25, when
Mrs. Cherry Cooper and her brother
from Murrells Inlet, S. C., pulled up
in front of the hospital with Mrs.
Cooper's son, Charles, in the back
Charles, or Charley as he's called,
is 10 and has been a kidney dialysis
patient here since February. His
physician. Dr. Ronald Krueger, said
that Charley's kidneys had to be
removed in April to control high
blood pressure and that he's
awaiting a kidney transplant.
Charley's family makes the
10-hour roundtrip from their home
south of Myrtle Beach twice a week,
on Mondays and Thursdays, so the
dialysis machine can cleanse his
blood the way the kidneys in a
healthy person do.
That last week in June, Mrs.
Cooper said Charley got sick and
they were bringing him to Duke a
day earlier than his scheduled
When they pulled up in front of
the hospital and Mrs. Cooper's
brother went to get a wheelchair, the
youngster blacked out in the back
seat, perhaps as result of a
Mrs. Cooper ws leaning over the
seat trying to revive him when
Security Guard Martha Anne
Fairchild stepped up to see if she
After taking a look at the child and
sensing that some quick action had
to be taken, Ms. Fairchild instructed
Mrs. Cooper to help her get Charley
out of the car.
They stretched him out on the
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THEY MET ON THE SIDEWALK—Ten-yeir old Charley Cooper
owes his life to Duke Security Guard Martha Anne Fairchild,
whose quick thinking pulled him out of a crisis in front of the
hospital one day last month. Charley is a kidney dialysis patient
here. (Photo by David Williamson)
here. (Photo by David Williamson)
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VOLUME 22, NUMBER 26
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA
Public Health Service Grants $1.5 Million
Program Will Train Cancer Virus Students
The U. S. Public Health Service has
awarded Duke a $1.5 million grant to
train cancer virus specialists.
Supervising the five-year training
program will be Dr. Wolfgang K.
Joklik, James B. Duke professor of
microbiology and immunology and
director of basic research for the
Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Studying tumor viruses, Joklik
explained, is "a short cut to
discovering the basic cause of cancer;
thus, it's a short cut to a cure for
Viruses are known to be
cancer-causing in animals, he said,
"and there's no reason why they
shouldn't be cancer-causing in
The professor said most of the
grant will be used to pay tuition and
living expenses of trainees accepted
into the program. Those with
bachelor's or master's degrees will
receive almost $3,000 yearly for
tuition and $3,900 each year for
living expenses. Trainees who
already have their M.D. or Ph.D.
degrees will get $10,800 stipends
The participants will work under
19 Duke faculty members engaged in
cancer virus research. Predoctoral
trainees will spend three semesters
studying virology, molecular and cell
biology, immunology, genetics and
pathobiology. Next, if they pass a
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New Third West Annex
Supports Family Therapy
OPENING DAY—^The new Third West Annex opened Monday on the second floor of
the Hilton on Erwin Road. Planning sessions started early that first day for, left to
right, RN Susie McClanahan, Head Nurse )oy Stull, Supervisor Verna Sticht and
Assistant Head Nurse Suzy Alitto. (Photo by Margaret Howell)
The Department of Psychiatry has
announced the establishment of an
annex to the hospital's Third West
ward, designed for patients who
require some inpatient care, but who
are at the same time able to meet
most of their own personal needs.
The annex, which opened on
Monday, is located on the second
floor of the Hilton Inn on Erwin
According to Joy Stull, head nurse
on Third West, the unit will have at
least one registered nurse trained in
psychiatry on duty at all times.
This nurse, she said, will dispense
medications and be available to help
with special problems that arise.
Ms. Stull said that one of the
primary functions of the annex will
be family therapy. Several members
of a single family, such as a husband
and wife or a patient and child, may
live on the ward at the same time.
Generally, one individual will be a
patient and the other will be learning
how to tailor his or her own behavior
to lessen the chance that the patient
will need further therapy.
Members of a single family may or
may not live in the same room.
Patients will visit the medical
center each day to see their
physicians, and several Qvenings a
week they will be involved in group
therapy sessions at the annex.
Many will be free to go into town
unaccompanied whenever they wish
or to use swimming, tennis and golf
facilities on the campus, the head
The day unit, located on the third
floor of the hospital's blue zone, will
also be open to annex patients for
group therapy or indoor recreation.