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    Texas doctor Hasan Gokal, who was fired and charged with stealing coronavirus vaccine doses, defended his decision, saying he wasn't going to let vaccine doses expire and go to waste. "This is a 5-million person county and we had the first 3,000 thousand doses. There was no room for throwing any of it out. Ever," Gokal, previously a doctor with Texas' Harris County Public Health Department and medical director for the county’s vaccine rollout, said in an interview with CBS News. "When you have something so precious, life-saving, it would hurt you to throw it away," he added. The incident happened on Dec. 29 and Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg charged him shortly after for stealing 10 doses at a vaccination site. The charge could lead to a $4,000 fine and a year in jail.  Gokal told CBS News that there were 10 doses left at a vaccination site at the end of...
    More On: COVID vaccine NY reconsidering ban on student COVID testing consent requirement NYC halts 35K COVID-19 vaccine appointments amid weather delays 90-year-old in Seattle walks 6 miles through snow for COVID-19 vaccine Here’s when Biden says COVID vaccine will be ‘available’ to every American A Houston doctor who was accused of stealing COVID-19 vaccines defended giving them to friends and family — saying he was doing what his “heart tells him is the right thing.” Dr. Hasan Gokal claimed that the ten Moderna vaccine doses at the vaccination site in Humble would have gone unused if he didn’t take them home on Dec. 29, news station KHOU reported. “In the event you get leftover with any vaccine, don’t waste any,” Gokal told the station. “Go find people who are eligible in that tier. If you can’t find any go to the next tier. If you can’t find...
    TYLER, Texas -- A Texas medical resident thought she was appearing on "Good Morning America" Saturday to talk about her experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, but instead, her boyfriend and fellow health care worker surprised her with a proposal.Steven Bean and Raaga Vemula, both doctors-in-training, met in 2015 before starting medical school."She was amazing and beautiful and then finally, I worked up the courage to talk to her," Bean said. "She is literally the most pure-heartedest person I've met in my life. I literally think she's an angel."Six years later, both are now working as medical residents nearly two hours away from one another -- Bean at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and Vemula at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler.Bean said he bought Vemula's engagement ring in October but wanted to find the perfect time to pop the question in between their busy schedules.During her...
    Authorities alleged that Dr. Hasan Gokal, who worked for Harris County Public Health, stole a vial containing 10 doses of the Moderna vaccine The Pakistani doctor from Texas who was fired and charged after he administered 10 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to acquaintances and strangers - including one to his wife - had just hours to get rid of them, not wanting any to go to 'waste.'  Authorities alleged that Dr. Hasan Gokal, who worked for Harris County Public Health, stole a vial containing 10 doses of the Moderna vaccine while working at a vaccination site at Lyndsay Lyons Park, in Humble, on December 29.   Gokal was fired after an internal investigation by the health department and the doctor shared that he's struggled adjusting after the fallout. 'It was my world coming down,' Dr. Gokal told the New York Times 'To have everything collapse on you. God, it was...
    VIDEO4:3404:34Global health challenges posed by Covid pandemicThe News with Shepard Smith Ten to thirty percent of all Covid patients will suffer from long-haul symptoms, according to the latest research from Mt. Sinai's Center for Post-Covid Care. Those numbers should be a "wake-up call" for young people and motivate them to avoid infection, Dr. Peter Hotez of Texas Children's Hospital said on CNBC's "The News with Shepard Smith." Patients with post acute Covid syndrome typically experience serious fatigue, shortness of breath, digestive issues, "brain fog" and a racing heart. Some can even develop type 1 diabetes after a Covid infection, Hoetz said. Endocrinologists are still trying to understand exactly why this occurs. Another question researchers can't answer yet is whether long-haul symptoms will stay with Covid patients for the rest of their lives. Millions of Americans have already been infected, Hotez noted, and those whose initial symptoms were mild enough that...
    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) — A cancer biologist in Texas who saved countless lives has now lost his own to COVID-19. Doctor Emil J. Freireich revolutionized the treatment of children with leukemia. Freireich was a doctor at the MD Anderson Cancer Center for 50 years, but, even after retiring, he never lost his passion for helping and mentoring. While at the medical facility in Houston, Freireich helped introduce the idea of treating childhood leukemia with combination chemotherapy, in which cancer drugs are given simultaneously rather than individually. (credit: mdanderson.org) After discovering that leukemia patients were often bleeding to death because they had insufficient platelets, Dr. Freireich also developed and patented the first continuous-flow blood cell separator. His daughter, Lindsay Freireich, said, “Out of all the oncologists in the world, he decided to use his own plasma and combine chemo therapies so that children’s leukemia went from 100% death to 97% life.” Dr. Freireich,...
    A DOCTOR suspected of shooting dead a pediatrician in an apparent murder-suicide was terminally ill and had returned to Texas to be with family following his diagnosis, a colleague claims. Dr Bharat Narumanchi, who was stricken with cancer, allegedly took Dr Katherine Lindley Dodson hostage at Children’s Medical Group in Austin, and killed her and himself after a six-hour-long standoff, according to cops. 9Dr Bharat Narumanchi is suspected of killing another doctor, and then himselfCredit: Providence/St Joseph Health 9Dr. Katherine Lindley Dodson died aged 43.Credit: Dell Children's Medical Center 9Police begin to enter a building as they respond to the hostage situation at a doctor's office.Credit: AP:Associated Press 9A door at the Children's Medical Group is sealed shut, Wednesday Jan. 27, 2021.Credit: AP:Associated Press 9Dr Dodson has been remembered as an incredible doctor and person who exuded "positivity and love and happiness."Credit: AP:Associated Press Dodson was a 43-year-old mother-of-three children. Her killer's...
    The parents of the terminally ill killer doctor who murdered a pediatrician mother-of-three on Tuesday then took his own lie have apologized to her family and say they do not know why he did it. Dr. Bhurat Narumanchi, 43, killed Dr. Katherine Lindley Dodson, also 43, on Tuesday night at Children's Medical Group in Austin, Texas.  They had never met before but Narumanchi - who had been given weeks to live- had applied for a volunteering position at the practice a week earlier and was turned down.  On Tuesday, he held Dodson and four others hostage then shot her and killed himself. The others escaped or were let go.  In a statement on Thursday, his parents offered their condolences to her husband and their three children, and said they had no explanation for his actions. 'We, the parents of Dr. Bharat Kumar Narumanchi, wish to extend our most sincere condolences...
    AUSTIN, Texas -- A terminally ill doctor shot and killed a pediatrician during a six-hour-long standoff before turning the gun on himself, police in Austin said Tuesday night.Police said they responded to what was initially a call of a "disturbance at a building" in the central part of the Texas capital.Several hostages initially escaped and others were later allowed to leave with the exception of Dr. Katherine Dodson, according to a release by APD.Officers conducted interviews with the hostages who managed to escape and were able to identify the suspect as Dr. Bharat Narumanchi. Officers learned that Dr. Narumanchi had been to this office a week ago and applied for a volunteer position. He was a pediatrician who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. Hostages reported to officers that he carried a pistol, along with what appeared to be a shotgun and two duffel bags. Besides the earlier mention of...
    A terminally ill doctor who murdered a pediatrician in Texas has been pictured, as a vigil was held in Austin to celebrate the life of a mother-of-three who 'radiated light, love and joy'. Dr Katherine Lindley Dodson, 43, was shot and killed by Bharat Narumanchi on Tuesday at Children's Medical Group in Austin, Texas. A week before the shooting Narumanchi, who was licensed to practice medicine in Oklahoma, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Florida and California, where he most recently practiced, was turned down for a volunteer role at the clinic. Dodson was not believed to have met him at the time. Bharat Narumanchi, a terminally ill doctor, shot and killed Katherine Lindley Dodson Tuesday Staff at the Children's Medical Group gathered to comfort each other on Wednesday Dodson's colleagues and patients paid tribute to her on Wednesday On Tuesday he showed up at the clinic with a pistol,...
    More On: murder suicide What we know about the doctor killed in Austin murder-suicide Pediatrician hostage shot dead by terminally ill doctor in hospital horror Husband opens up after wife killed five kids, herself in horrific murder-suicide Mom wrote she wasn’t strong enough to defeat ‘demons’ before killing 5 kids, self The parents of an Austin doctor spoke out on Wednesday night after their son killed another physician and then turned the weapon on himself after a hostage situation at a Texas hospital on Tuesday night. “We don’t understand our son’s motives or actions but feel this time is best spent remembering Dr. Dodson and her contributions to this world,” the family of Dr. Bharat Narumanchi wrote in a statement to CBS Austin. The 43-year-old doctor had barged into Children’s Medical Group in downtown Austin armed with a gun. He took hostages and killed Dr. Katherine Lindley Dodson, 43,...
    (CNN)A Texas pediatrician diagnosed with terminal cancer killed another pediatrician during a hostage situation before turning the gun on himself, according to an Austin Police Department news release.Dispatchers received a call on Tuesday saying a man walked into the offices of Children's Medical Group with a gun and was holding hostages inside the building.Initially several hostages were being held, police said, but several escaped and others were allowed to leave, except Dr. Katherine Dodson, a pediatrician at CMG. Hostages told officers the man was armed with with a pistol and what appeared to be a shotgun, police said. He also had two duffel bags. The armed man was identified as Dr. Bharat Narumanchi, 43, a pediatrician who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, police said. He had visited the CMG office a week prior to the shooting and applied for a volunteer position. Other than his recent visit, police were...
    Katherine Lindley Dodson, 43, was shot and killed on Tuesday night The female pediatrician killed by a male doctor at her office on Tuesday night has been identified as 43-year-old mother Katherine Lindley Dodson.  Dodson was shot and killed on Tuesday night at the Children's Medical Group in Austin by Bharat Narumanchi. Narumanchi had terminal cancer and had recently been given weeks to live.  It's unclear where he is from but police say his family had been making plans for him to have hospice care.  A week ago, he went to Dodson's office in Austin and applied for a volunteer position but was turned down for the role.  On Tuesday at around 4.30pm, he returned to the office with several guns and held  Dodson and four other members of staff hostage.  The other four either escaped or released but she was held back for six hours. Police then sent a...
    AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Two people are dead after an hours-long hostage standoff at a Texas doctor’s office. A SWAT team found the bodies late Tuesday after negotiators spent the afternoon and evening trying to speak to the people inside the building in Austin, police said. Some residents nearby were evacuated as police responded and others were asked to stay inside their homes. Police were called to the Children’s Medical Group building, a pediatric doctor’s office, around 4:30 p.m. It’s unclear what led to the deaths or who was inside the building, though a negotiator speaking into a loudspeaker said: “I want to help you work through this. You have saved a lot of lives.” Austin police eventually sent in a robot, which identified a victim before a SWAT team decided to go inside. There are reports that both of the victims are doctors — one who worked in the building...
    Two people were killed during an hourslong hostage situation at a medical center in Austin, Texas. The dire situation began on Tuesday with a 4:30 p.m. 911 phone call in which the caller told the operator that a person allegedly entered the Children's Medical Group building with a gun and took people hostage, according to local reports. SWAT spent hours trying to communicate with the hostage-taker, who was reportedly a doctor, according to KVUE. “You don’t deserve to go through this ... for all you have done for others ... that is why I want to help you work through this. You have saved a lot of lives," the hostage negotiator said, adding at another point. “I cannot guarantee your safety unless you comply. I am letting you know, doctor, there is a way to resolve this. I need your help to fix the situation. That starts with you answering...
    TWO people have been killed in a hostage standoff at a medical center in Texas on Tuesday night, police have said. Officers responded to the Children's Medical Group in downtown Austin after receiving a call at 4:30pm about a person with a gun taking people hostage. 2Police begin to enter the medical center in Austin, Texas last nightCredit: AP:Associated Press 2Two people embrace as Austin police officers and members of the SWAT teamwork the scene of a suspected hostage situationCredit: AP:Associated Press According to KVUE the suspect appeared to be a doctor. A SWAT team arrived at the center while the Austin Police Department negotiated with the suspect. During the standoff the negotiator repeatedly asked the suspect to cooperate. “I cannot guarantee your safety unless you comply," the negotiator said, according to KVUE. "I am letting you know, doctor, there is a way to resolve this. I need your help...
    Two people have died following a six-hour hostage situation at a children's doctor's office in downtown Austin, police say.  The bodies of the two victims were found inside Children's Medical Group late Tuesday, hours after a suspect reportedly entered the facility with a gun and took an unknown number of people captive.   The suspect has not been identified, however, the individual is believed to be a doctor based on police officers' negotiations with the hostage-taker via bullhorn heard by witnesses. Police were seen entering a building as they respond to hostage situation at doctor's office in Austin, Texas, where, authorities said two people were found dead A man and a woman embrace as Austin police officers and members of SWAT work the scene late Tuesday The incident took place at Children's Medical Group in downtown Austin. The suspect is believed to be a doctor based on police officers'...
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    HOUSTON (AP) – A judge on Monday dismissed a theft charge against a Houston area health department doctor who was accused by prosecutors of stealing nine doses of coronavirus vaccine from a damaged vial and administering them to family and friends. Authorities had alleged that Hasan Gokal, who worked for Harris County Public Health, stole a vial of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine while working at a vaccination site at a suburban Houston park on Dec. 29. But Harris County Court-At-Law Judge Franklin Bynum found there was no probable cause to charge Gokal with theft. The judge criticized prosecutors for charging Gokal, saying their probable cause complaint was “riddled with sloppiness and errors.” “In the number of words usually taken to describe an allegation of retail shoplifting, the State attempts, for the first time, to criminalize a doctor’s documented administration of vaccine doses during a public health emergency,” Bynum wrote in...
    HARRIS COUNTY, Texas -- A doctor working for Harris County Public Health in Texas is accused of stealing a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Harris County District Attorney's Office announced.According to a news release issued on Thursday afternoon, Dr. Hasan Gokal is accused of stealing the vial that contained nine doses while working at the county vaccination site at Lyndsay Lyons Park in Humble on Dec. 29.MORE: Experts dispel myths about the COVID-19 vaccineEMBED More News Videos The COVID-19 vaccine is the key to getting out of the pandemic, but experts worry that false information and rumors will keep people from getting the shot. We spoke with experts to dispel the myths and provide the most up-to-date information when it comes to vaccines. A week later, Gokal told a fellow Harris County Public Health employee, who then reported him to supervisors. Mishandling a vaccine can result in a loss...
    A Texas doctor has been fired from his job and is now facing charges after stealing doses of the coronavirus vaccine to administer to his friends and family, prosecutors say.  Hasan Gokal, who worked with Harris County Public Health, could be sentenced to up to a year in prison and receive a $4,000 fine if convicted on a theft by a public servant charge, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.  "He abused his position to place his friends and family in line in front of people who had gone through the lawful process to be there," District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement. "What he did was illegal and he’ll be held accountable under the law."  Dr. Hasan Gokal is facing charges after being accused of stealing doses of the coronavirus vaccine. (Harris County Public Health) CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE  Prosecutors allege Gokal swiped a vial containing nine doses of the highly sought-after vaccine while working at a county vaccination site in...
    A Houston area health department doctor is accused by prosecutors of stealing nine doses of coronavirus vaccine from a damaged vial and administering them to family and friends. But Hasan Gokal insists he did nothing wrong and was only trying to ensure the vaccine was not wasted, his attorney said Thursday. Dr. Hasan Gokal Harris County Public Health Authorities allege that Gokal, who worked for Harris County Public Health, stole a vial of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine while working at a vaccination site at a suburban Houston park on Dec. 29. Gokal told a health department employee earlier this month that "he had taken a punctured vial of the Moderna vaccine ... at the end of operations and that he took the vial offsite and vaccinated his friends and family," according to a probable cause complaint. Prosecutors determined Gokal, 48, had given the vaccine to nine individuals, including his wife,...
    A Texas doctor has been fired and criminally charged after he was accused of stealing a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine to give shots to friends and relatives. Authorities allege that Dr. Hasan Gokal, who worked for Harris County Public Health, stole a vial containing nine doses of the Moderna vaccine while working at a vaccination site at Lyndsay Lyons Park, in Humble, on December 29. The theft was reportedly discovered after Gokal bragged about it to a co-worker the following week, who then reported him to supervisors. Prosecutors later determined that Gokal, 48, had used the vial to give the vaccine to nine different people, including his wife. ‘He abused his position to place his friends and family in line in front of people who had gone through the lawful process to be there,’ said Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.  ‘What he did was illegal and he'll be...
    A Texas doctor has been charged with stealing nine doses of the coveted COVID-19 vaccine while working at a county vaccination site, prosecutors announced Thursday. Dr. Hasan Gokal, who worked with the Harris County Public Health system, is accused of stealing a vial that contained the doses from a vaccination site in Humble on Dec. 29, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement. A week later, Gokal bragged about the theft to a co-worker, who then complained to his supervisors, Ogg said. Gokal was later fired from his job. Ogg said Gokal stole the doses to give them to his family and friends, leaving those who need a shot the most without one. “He abused his position to place his friends and family in line in front of people who had gone through the lawful process to be there,” Ogg said of...
    (CNN)A public health doctor in Texas has been charged with stealing a vial of Covid-19 vaccine, according to the Harris County District Attorney's Office.District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement Thursday that Dr. Hasan Gokal is accused of theft by a public servant, a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Gokal is accused of taking a vial with nine doses on December 29, 2020. He was working at a vaccination site in Humble, north of Houston, Ogg said. Authorities contend the doctor "disregarded county protocols in place to ensure vaccine is not wasted but administered to vulnerable populations and front-line workers on a waiting list.""He abused his position to place his friends and family in line in front of people who had gone through the lawful process to be there," Ogg said in the statement. "What he did was...
    Getty A woman is inoculated with the Pfizer vaccine. A Texas doctor in Harris County, Dr. Hasan Gokal, has been accused of stealing a COVID-19 vaccine to give to friends and family. The District Attorney said he is facing a Class 3 Misdemeanor and possible time in jail if found guilty.A Colleague Reported Him to Their SupervisorHarris County District Attorney Kim Ogg told KHOU 11 that Gokal was fired and charged with “theft by a public servant” after admitting to stealing a vaccine vial. Ogg said in a public statement that the vial contained nine doses and was taken when he was working at Lyndsay Lyons Park on December 29 in Humble, Texas, Chron.com reported. He later told a co-worker about what happened, and the colleague reported him. The Public Corruption Division of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the Class A Misdemeanor charge, which could...
    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A county public health doctor in Texas has been charged for allegedly stealing a vial of COVID-19 vaccine in late December, officials said Thursday. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced that Dr. Hasan Gokal, who was a Harris County Public Health doctor, is accused of stealing a vial that contained nine doses of the vaccine at a county vaccination site at Lyndsay Lyons Park in Humble, Texas on Dec. 29, 2020. According to officials, Gokal told a public health employee about the alleged theft, which led to him being reported. He was soon fired from his position. “He abused his position to place his friends and family in line in front of people who had gone through the lawful process to be there,” Ogg said. “What he did was illegal and he’ll be held accountable under the law.” If convicted, Gokal faces up to a year...
    IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) – As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in North Texas, there’s major demand for the vaccine. Dr. Charles Powell calls it a blessing and a curse. “People are super excited,” he said “They see a means to an end, but just to put it in perspective, Healthcare Associates of Texas has 100,000 people we take care of a year — yet we only received 2,100 doses of vaccine.” This week, the information was made public on the Texas Department of State Health Services’ website which shows vaccine providers that have received at least some of their shipments. Since then, the phone has been ringing off the hook. People looking to secure appointments. So far, Powell’s staff have been vaccinated and now, they’re getting to the wait list they started months ago with 40,000 people on it. “So what we’re telling everybody is be patient, understand that doctors offices...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Two days after testing positive for COVID-19, Randy Isenberg said he wasn’t getting any better. “I was achy, very fatigued, very tired.” So he said his doctor prescribed Eli Lilly’s antibody therapeutic drug. Isenberg said hours after getting the infusion, he felt like a new person. “It means that your fever’s gone. The muscle aches, the fatigue.” He said his symptoms cleared up in a matter of hours. “That’s exactly the way to describe it. This process, clearly, I think is kind of a miracle drug.” Randy Isenberg recovered from COVID-19 (CBS 11(. Aside from Eli Lilly, Regeneron developed a similar drug. The FDA says they’re called monoclonal antibodies and they are directed against the spike protein of the virus and designed to block it from attaching to and entering human cells. Isenberg says he went from being COVID-19 positive to negative in just seven days. Dr....
    Rep. Raul RuizRaul RuizGallego tapped to run Hispanic Caucus's campaign arm Hispanic caucus report takes stock of accomplishments with eye toward 2021 Jon Stewart urges Congress to help veterans exposed to burn pits MORE (D-Calif.) will succeed Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroDemocrats elect Meeks as first Black Foreign Affairs chairman The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Dem leaders back smaller COVID-19 relief bill as pandemic escalates Battle heats up for House Foreign Affairs gavel MORE (D-Texas) next month as chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC). Ruiz, the son of California farm workers who went on to attend Harvard Medical School and become an emergency room physician, defeated Rep. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarMaloney to lead Democrats' campaign arm Gallego tapped to run Hispanic Caucus's campaign arm Maloney vows to overhaul a House Democratic campaign machine 'stuck in the past' MORE (D-Texas) in Tuesday’s closed-door election for the top CHC...
    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) – The picture captured just a fraction of the heartache experienced by medical staff and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, now a Texas doctor is talking about the isolation of his elderly patients and asking, in fact pleading, with people to “do the basic things” to avoid infection and stay out of hospital. Dr. Joseph Varon was captured on film cradling a distraught COVID-19 patient on Thanksgiving. The elderly gray-haired patient buried his head in the arms and chest of the doctor, who was covered from head-to-toe in PPE. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 reached another record high across the U.S. Monday, with officials across several states expressing concern that health care facilities would be overwhelmed. By November 30 Dr. Varon, chief of staff at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, said he had worked for 256 days nonstop in the pandemic so far and was frustrated by the increasing...
    WASHINGTON - Joseph Varon, a doctor treating coronavirus patients at a Texas hospital, was working his 252nd day in a row when he spotted a distraught elderly man in the COVID-19 intensive care unit.  Varon's comforting embrace of the white-haired man on Thanksgiving Day was captured by a photographer for Getty Images and has gone viral around the world.  Varon, chief of staff at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, told CNN he was entering the COVID-19 ICU when he saw the elderly patient "out of his bed and trying to get out of the room."  "And he's crying," Varon said. "So I get close to him and I (ask) him, 'Why are you crying?'"  "And the man says, 'I want to be with my wife.' So I just grab him and I hold him," Varon said. "I was feeling very sorry for him. I was feeling very sad,...
    A touching photo captured the moment a Texas doctor tried to comfort an elderly COVID-19 patient on Thanksgiving Day. The emotional now-viral snapshot shows dedicated Dr. Joseph Varon hugging his patient in the ICU at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston over the holiday. “He was very sad because he is in a room where he knows nobody,” Varon said of his patient to local ABC-TV affiliate KTRK, according to video posted to Twitter on Monday. “I mean, we come in dressed like astronauts. and he was very emotional, and I just went ahead, and I hugged him,” the doctor said. “He’s doing much better today,” Varon said. “He’s happier than he was.” Varon said he had been on his 252nd straight workday when the photo was taken — and added that he is worried for the entire country as it battles a surge in coronavirus cases. “I...
    A Texas teacher wasn’t about to let surgery keep her students from falling behind during the pandemic — so she taught them from her hospital bed. Stephany Hume, a two-time cancer survivor, was forced to undergo emergency surgery that took her away from her class at the Sewell Elementary School in Sachse, about 20 miles northeast of Dallas. So she improvised by having her mother, a retired teacher, take over until after the operation — but resumed her duties via video conferencing just hours later, NBC affiliate DFW-TV reported. “These kids are feeling the same feelings we’re feeling,” she said. “They’re afraid, they’re unsure of what’s coming next.” Just after the procedure, Hume said she was already pestering her doctor. “I was asking the doctor, ‘Can I go now? Can I go now?” she said. “And he’s like, ‘You have a temperature of 102. You have to stay.'” Teacher Stephany...
    WASHINGTON (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) — A Texas doctor is among the experts on President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ new Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. Dr. Robert Rodriguez is on the board that includes a mix of doctors and current and former government officials. The advisory board is co-chaired by former FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler, former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Yale associate professor of medicine and epidemiology. Also on the advisory board are well-known medical figures, including Obamacare architect Dr. Zeke Emanuel, bestselling author Dr. Atul Gawande and Trump administration whistleblower Rick Bright, who led the government’s production and purchase of vaccines. Biden said Monday that they will seek to add other members to the board going forward. Here’s a look at who he has appointed to the board so far. Dr. Robert Rodriguez was a lead author on a study by emergency room doctors...
    Ex-White House doctor Ronny Jackson has been elected to Congress.  The retired Rear Navy Admiral and Republican, 53, who once claimed that Donald Trump would live to 200 years old after examining him, won the race for Texas's 13th congressional district this evening.  He won 78 per cent of the vote, trouncing Democrat rival Gus Trujillo. Jackson worked as Physician to the President under both Barack Obama and Trump and also worked in the White House medical unit in the George W. Bush administration.  His medical expertise was called into question back in 2018 when, after carrying out Trump's physical exam, he claimed the president was in 'excellent health'.  'It is called genetics,' Jackson said. 'Some people have just great genes. I told the president that if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200 years old.'  His positive outlook came despite test...
    Former White House physician and retired Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson clinched victory Tuesday night in the Texas Congressional race for District 13 in the House of Representatives, beating Democratic opponent Gus Trujillo.  FORMER-TEXAS STATE SENATOR OFFERING $5G REWARDS FOR TIPS ON VOTER FRAUD His victory was fueled by an endorsement from President Trump during the state's primaries.  JUDGE REJECTS GOP EFFORTS TO THROW OUT 127,000 HOUSTON VOTES Jackson will replace Rep. Mac Thornberry, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, who is retiring after 25 years.  He promised his constituents to bring a "loud, proud voice for the state of Texas." CLICK HERE TO INTERACT WITH FOX NEWS VOTER ANALYSIS "I'm honored to be elected as the next representative for Texas' 13th Congressional District. I'll NEVER back down to the liberal mobs, and I'll be the strong conservative leader that you DESERVE. I promise I'll make you proud!...
    Former White House doctor Ronny Jackson (R) is projected to win his race to represent Texas’ 13th congressional district, NBC projects. BREAKING: Ronny Jackson wins U.S. House seat in Texass 13th congressional district, NBC News projects. https://t.co/fEsJLIM23y pic.twitter.com/QaoBrMt3qv — NBC News (@NBCNews) November 4, 2020 Jackson has declared victory on social media, writing on Twitter: “I’m honored to be elected as the next representative for Texas’ 13th Congressional District. I’ll NEVER back down to the liberal mobs, and I’ll be the strong conservative leader that you DESERVE. I promise I’ll make you proud! Thank you #TX13!” Im honored to be elected as the next representative for Texas 13th Congressional District. Ill NEVER back down to the liberal mobs, and Ill be the strong conservative leader that you DESERVE. I promise Ill make you proud! Thank you #TX13! — Ronny Jackson (@RonnyJackson4TX) November 4, 2020 This story is developing. Check Breitbart...
    Texas voters who unexpectedly contract the coronavirus and seek late absentee ballots in the days before the election will need a doctor's note. On Friday, the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals ruled that Texans who are unable to go to a polling location on Election Day because they contracted COVID-19 and missed the general deadline for absentee ballot applications must have a certified physician's note to obtain an emergency absentee ballot in accordance with state law. The decision overruled a lower court order that said it "would change the longstanding requirements governing late mail-in ballots and risk voter confusion." Two of the justices on the appeal court panel are Democrats, and one is a Republican. The decision was unanimous. The general deadline for absentee ballot applications in Texas is 11 days before the election, which this year was on Friday. Voting rights group Move Texas Action...
    HOUSTON, Texas -- A baby who was at the center of a life support battle at Texas Children's Hospital died shortly after he was officially released Tuesday, according to a family doctor.Nick Torres was released Tuesday afternoon to the custody of his family. Dr. Joseph Varon said the baby had been home for two hours when his heart stopped beating."The family surrounded the baby. They were praying," he said. "Everyone was very respectful and praying. Eventually, when I said he had flat-lined, I disconnected him from the respirator. They were very emotional. The last thing you want to see is your children go through this."WATCH: Family doctor on Baby Nick's death: 'Final moments were emotionalEMBED More News Videos In an update issued by the family's doctor on Tuesday, Oct. 13, he describes in detail how Baby Nick's family endured immense pain and were "truly suffering" as their 10-month-old boy gave...
    A young doctor who died after contracting the novel coronavirus over the summer re-used the same face mask “for weeks, if not months,” her family claims. Dr. Adeline Fagan, originally from Lafayette, N.Y., near Syracuse, who was working on her second year of residency as an OB-GYN in Houston, Texas, died in September, according to a GoFundMe created in her name. The 28-year-old had battled the novel virus for two months prior to her death, according to multiple reports. A young doctor who died after contracting the novel coronavirus over the summer re-used the same face mask “for weeks, if not months,” her family claims.  (iStock) Though it’s not clear how exactly Fagan contracted the disease, her sister, Maureen told the Guardian that she thinks Fagan’s rotation in the ER at HCA Houston Healthcare West, where she treated COVID-19 patients, may have played a role, as well as inadequate personal...
    A young Texas doctor who died from coronavirus in September caught the infection after wearing the same N95 masks for weeks and maybe even months, her family claims.  Adeline Fagan, a 28-year-old OB/GYN doctor originally from LaFayette, New York, died after a two-month battle with COVID-19 that resulted in her suffering a 'massive brain bleed'.  Fagan had been treating positive patients in the emergency room at HCA Houston Healthcare West when she contracted the virus in July.  Her heartbroken family now say that the lack of PPE supplied played a role in her death. It is unclear how Fagan contracted coronavirus.   OB/GYN doctor Adeline Fagan, 28, died on September 19 after testing positive in July She underwent a two-month battle with COVID-19 before suffering a 'massive brain bleed' 'Adeline had an N95 mask and had her name written on it,' her 23-year-old sister Maureen told the Guardian. 'Adeline wore the...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW) – There’s been a lot of talk about the experimental antibody cocktail given to the president. Researchers have been studying it since June, and it is available for patients here in the DFW area. Dr. Mezgebe Berhe with Baylor University Medical Center has been involved with the Regeneron study since enrolling the first patients in the country at Baylor Scott and White Research institute back in June. He said the idea is similar to convalescent plasma, but in this case the antibodies are manufactured in a lab. Last week, Regeneron announced some promising preliminary data. Researchers said the antibodies appear safe and seemed to help, especially for those who got treatment early on. “Those patients who have early disease, who are expected to have a large amount of virus, had a significant reduction on the amount of virus after treatment compared to the placebo group who did...
    A doctor who was starting her second year of residency has died from COVID-19 after a months-long battle with the virus, her family said. Adeline Fagan, a 28-year-old OB/GYN working in Houston, Texas, began to feel sick in July. On a GoFundMe page created in August, her sister Maureen explained that while Adeline usually worked delivering babies, on July 8 "she was doing a rotation in the ER, treating COVID patients."  "That morning she went into work feeling well and excited to see patients, but by the evening she began to feel under the weather. What started as intense flu-like symptoms escalated within the week to a hospital stay," Maureen wrote. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Adeline Fagan battled COVID-19 for weeks, her sister wrote. She was treated with several respiratory therapies and put on "dozens of drugs," but the treatments did not yield a positive response, so she joined...
    A young Texas doctor, 28, has died from coronavirus after becoming infected treating positive patients in a hospital emergency room and suffering a 'massive brain bleed'.  Adeline Fagan, an OB/GYN doctor originally from LaFayette, New York, died Saturday morning following a two month battle with COVID-19. Fagan had taken a turn for the worse hours after her family said she was 'doing wonderfully' in her fight against the deadly virus.   Her devastated family announced the tragic news on a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for the doctor's medical expenses.  Adeline Fagan (pictured), a 28-year-old Texas doctor, has died of a 'massive brain bleed' following a two month battle with COVID-19, after she became infected with the deadly virus while treating positive patients in a hospital emergency roo Fagan was in her second year of residency at a hospital in Houston, when she became sick back in July.  The doctor, who...
    HOUSTON, Texas -- A Houston doctor who was diagnosed with COVID-19 this summer has died, according to her family.Dr. Adeline Fagan, 28, was starting her second year of residency in Houston as an OB/GYN when she got sick in July.According to a GoFundMe page created by her family, Fagan was mostly at the hospital delivering babies, but was doing a rotation in the ER and treating COVID-19 patients."That morning, she went into work feeling well and excited to see patients, but by the evening she began to feel under the weather," read the description on the GoFundMe page. "What started as intense flu-like symptoms escalated within the week to a hospital stay."Fagan was treated with several different respiratory therapies and drugs. She then decided to begin an experimental drug, according to her family.Fagan experienced complications and was hooked up to oxygen machines for weeks.READ MORE: US nears 200,000 confirmed coronavirus...
    BALTIMORE, MD (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) – A Texas cardiologist’s tweet about his daughter and her boyfriend being attacked by “a group of BLM” in Baltimore went viral — the problem is the claim was not true. After his comments were refuted by officer body-cam footage, Dr. Andrea Natale deleted his Twitter account and issued an apology through his employer. “I sincerely apologize for a tweet I posted this weekend. I was worried about my daughter, and I jumped to a conclusion based on the information I had at the time,” said Dr. Natale. “I’ve dedicated my entire professional career to healing people from all backgrounds, and I regret that my words created hurt and pain. It was not my intention.” Natale, who works for the Austin-based St. David’s HealthCare System, falsely claimed that BLM protesters attacked his daughter’s car and that city police did nothing about it because the alleged attackers were...
    SAN ANTONIO – From concerns over mail-in ballots to risking exposure at the polls, voting during a pandemic has been a hot topic this election season. In the latest KSAT Q&A, Dr. Ruth Berggren with UT Health’s Long School of Medicine said whichever way you vote, it could be good for your health. How could voting be good for your health in the middle of a pandemic? “People who are civically engaged, they engage in civic activities, including voting, actually have better social connections, stronger social networks, better mental health, are less likely to engage in risky behaviors later in life. And therefore, they’re doing all sorts of things that can actually help them live longer,” she said. Dr. Berggren said while the number of coronavirus cases in Bexar County have dropped, the virus is still around and demands precautions. She said she still sees plenty of patients getting desperately...
    A Texas cardiologist claimed his daughter and her boyfriend were attacked by Black Lives Matter protesters in Baltimore — but the young couple told cops they were actually accosted by young squeegee washers, bodycam footage shows. Dr. Andrea Natale, executive director of the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, took to Twitter Sunday claiming his daughter called him in tears, saying she was driving in Baltimore when her car was targeted by a “group of BLM,” according to a screenshot of the since-deleted tweet. “It was damaged & and her BF was beaten,” Natale’s tweet continued. “She filmed it & called the police but they cannot do anything bc they are African American. Is this the America we want?” The doctor’s tweet went viral, racking up nearly 50,000 retweets or likes before he took it down and later deleted his account, according to the Baltimore...
    A Texas cardiologist claimed his daughter and boyfriend were attacked by Black Lives Matter protesters in Baltimore — but the young couple told cops they were actually accosted by young squeegee washers, bodycam footage shows. Dr. Andrea Natale, executive director of the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, took to Twitter Sunday claiming his daughter called him in tears, saying she was driving in Baltimore when her car was targeted by a “group of BLM,” according to a screenshot of the since-deleted tweet. “It was damaged & and her BF was beaten,” Natale’s tweet continued. “She filmed it & called the police but they cannot do anything bc they are African American. Is this the America we want?” The doctor’s tweet went viral, racking up nearly 50,000 retweets or likes before he took it down and later deleted his account, according to the Baltimore Sun,...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Texas doctor deleted his Twitter account and apologized after he falsely accused Black Lives Matter protesters of attacking his daughter in Baltimore over the weekend. “I sincerely apologize for a tweet I posted this weekend. I was worried about my daughter, and I jumped to a conclusion based on the information I had at the time,” said Dr. Andrea Natale. “I’ve dedicated my entire professional career to healing people from all backgrounds, and I regret that my words created hurt and pain. It was not my intention.” Natale, who works for the Austin-based St. David’s HealthCare System, falsely claimed that BLM protesters attacked his daughter’s car and that city police did nothing about it because the alleged attackers were Black. The tweet went viral, but since has been deleted along with Natale’s Twitter account. A screengrab of Dr. Andrea Natale’s viral tweet. Credit: WJZ On Sunday...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio is now one of just a handful of U.S. cities contributing to specific research that could bring the world a COVID-19 vaccine. The research is government-funded and part of Operation Warp Speed, which aims to deliver a COVID-19 vaccine by January 2021. “This is a big deal. We’re going to test a vaccine, which is in earlier trials that have been published. It looks really good. God willing, it’s going to be the real deal and be a game-changer. Hopefully, we’ll all get our lives back, which we’re all looking forward to. Some people will get the placebo; some people will not,” said Dr. Sherwyn Schwartz. Schwartz has worked with diabetics in San Antonio and South Texas for more than 40 years and is now the endocrine consultant for the Evolution Research Group. KSAT previously reported on Schwartz’s studies on people with fatty liver disease,...
    A Texas family is fighting to be removed from the Child Abuse Registry even after a judge dismissed a case from Child Protective Services (CPS) alleging that they had medically abused their young son. Legal counsel for Ashley and Daniel Pardo of Kaufman County, Texas, sent a letter late last month to Texas Department of Family Protective Services Commissioner Jaime Masters, urging her to remove them from the registry. The letter was endorsed by 26 signatories, including organizations and lawmakers. A copy of the letter, written by Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) President Tim Lambert and provided to The Daily Wire, read in part: Even though CPS dropped all accusations against the Pardo family and dismissed the case, CPS has placed the Pardo family on the Child Abuse Registry. As you know, being on the registry stays on a family’s record, shows up on background checks, and can prevent the...
    A Texas doctor who delivered a baby boy had also delivered the infant’s mother 25 years ago.  According to multiple reports, Dr. Bryan Cox, an OB-GYN, delivered Lauren Cortez in March 1995. More than two decades later, he delivered her son, Logan James, on July 26, 2020. “Dr. Cox, right when the baby is born, he sings ‘Happy Birthday,'” Cortez told “GMA.” “The fact that he takes that little time to personalize the birth experience meant a lot to me. My mom said he sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to me, and to my brother, who was born in ’97.” DIETS HIGHER IN PROTEIN, PARTICULARLY PLANT PROTEIN, LINKED TO LOWER RATES OF EARLY DEATH: STUDY Dr. Cox has been practicing for 33 years and delivered the baby at Seven Oaks Women Center in San Antonio, according to reports. “Lauren came to me as a pregnant lady and she was all excited because her mom...
    As the U.S. surpasses 5 million coronavirus cases, awaits a vaccine and debates sending kids back to schools, Texas emergency room physician Dr. Natasha Kathuria told "Fox & Friends" her state might see another surge in cases. With the Lone Star State recording its highest seven-day positivity rate since the pandemic began, the Austin-based doctor says hospitals are at about 80 percent capacity in the big cities as Texas surpasses 500,000 positive cases and more than 8,800 deaths, the Houston Chronicle reports. TEXAS AG ON NY AG SEEKING TO DISSOLVE NRA: ‘IN TEXAS WE CARE ABOUT WHAT THE FOUNDERS PUT IN THE CONSTITUTION’ "We've seen this wave hit Texas pretty hard, and we're holding steady right now. We've seen a slow decrease in hospitalizations, but our death counts are still up there," Kathuria, Global Outreach Doctors board member, told co-host Ainsley Earhardt. Video"We're wondering if we might see another bump right now," she added. "We're really hoping that we're not going to, and we're really hoping this wave sweeps through Texas...
    Rep. Louie Gohmert will take the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to treat his COVID-19, he announced this week. Speaking to Fox News Wednesday evening, Gohmert (R-Tx.) said that his doctor had prescribed him the medication — which scientific data has shown is ineffective in treating the disease — and would begin a regimen by the end of the week. “My doctor and I are all in, and I got a text just before I came on from a dear friend, [a] doctor, who just found out he had it, and he said he started a HCQ [hydroxychloroquine] regimen, too,” the Texas Republican told the network. Gohmert, 66, said his treatment will also include taking zinc and erythromycin, an antibiotic often taken as an alternative by people with allergies to penicillin. The GOPer went on to take a jab at those who had criticized him after his diagnosis, for his frequent refusal...
    Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, told "Hannity" Wednesday that he will soon begin a treatment regimen featuring the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine after testing positive for coronavirus earlier in the day. "My doctor and I are all in," Gohmert told host Sean Hannity from quarantine. "And I got a text just before I came on from a dear friend, [a] doctor, who just found out he had it, and he said he started a HCQ [hydroxychloroquine] regimen, too. "So zinc, erythromycin, and hydroxychloroquine," the congressman added, "and that will start just in the next day or two." TWITTER DELETES VIDEO ON HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE USE TO TREAT CORONAVIRUS PROMOTED BY TRUMP Gohmert was scheduled to travel to Texas with President Trump aboard Air Force One Wednesday, but tested positive at the White House during routine screening prior to the trip. Attorney General Bill Barr, who encountered Gohmert Tuesday while testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, tested negative...
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas -- A San Francisco emergency physician has spent the past week in Texas, treating COVID-19 patients in one of the hardest hit towns by the pandemic.He spoke to ABC13 sister station KGO Tuesday night about his experience and what he wants everyone to know and understand."It's just been overwhelming."Dr. Robert Rodriguez, has been an ER doctor for 25 years, but says the past week in Brownsville has been the hardest of his career."I've been surprised by the sheer number and the acuity of the patients here," he said.Dr. Rodriguez works at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. In San Francisco County, 56 people have died from COVID-19.Brownsville is in Cameron County, which has half the population of San Francisco. But according to Johns Hopkins University, they have had nearly 5 times as many COVID deaths: 272 people."There's typically at least one death a day, if not more," he said.And...
    President Donald Trump is campaigning in Texas without a face mask on Wednesday as the state has seen its coronavirus cases surge and he again defended a doctor who touted hydroxychloroquine as a cure for the deadly disease. Trump arrived in Midland, Texas, without a mask even as most of the state officials greeting him wore one, including Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Former Energy Secretary Rick Perry wore a face covering but removed it when the president got to him. Also on the tarmac were two teenagers - both wearing masks - who had the president sign football helmets. Nearby Odessa, Texas, where the president held a posh fundraiser, is the setting of the famous book on high school football 'Friday Night Lights.' Many of the guests lined up to go into the fundraiser were not wearing face masks.   President Donald Trump is campaigning in Texas without...
    BROWNSVILLE, Tex. (KGO) -- A San Francisco emergency physician has spent the past week in Texas, treating COVID-19 patients in one of the hardest hit towns by the pandemic.He spoke to ABC7 news reporter Kate Larsen Tuesday night about his experience and what he wants everyone to know and understand."It's just been overwhelming."RELATED: Bay Area doctor documents 'fully packed' flight from NYC to SF amid COVID-19 pandemicDr. Robert Rodriguez, has been an ER doctor for 25 years, but says the past week in Brownsville, Texas has been the hardest of his career."I've been surprised by the sheer number and the acuity of the patients here."Dr. Rodriguez works at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. In San Francisco County, 56 people have died from COVID-19.Brownsville, located on the US-Mexico border, is in Cameron County Texas, which has half the population of San Francisco. But according to Johns Hopkins University, they have had...
    BROWNSVILLE, Tex. (KGO) -- A San Francisco emergency physician has spent the past week in Texas, treating COVID-19 patients in one of the hardest hit towns by the pandemic.He spoke to ABC7 news reporter Kate Larsen Tuesday night about his experience and what he wants everyone to know and understand."It's just been overwhelming."RELATED: Bay Area doctor documents 'fully packed' flight from NYC to SF amid COVID-19 pandemicDr. Robert Rodriguez, has been an ER doctor for 25 years, but says the past week in Brownsville, Texas has been the hardest of his career."I've been surprised by the sheer number and the acuity of the patients here."Dr. Rodriguez works at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. In San Francisco County, 56 people have died from COVID-19.Brownsville, located on the US-Mexico border, is in Cameron County Texas, which has half the population of San Francisco. But according to Johns Hopkins University, they have had...
    A Texas-based doctor whose declarations about using hydroxychloroquine to cure COVID-19 were retweeted by Donald Trump has a long history of supporting conspiracy theories, it has emerged. Dr Stella Immanuel, 55, shot to fame on Monday when the president retweeted a video featuring her appearing in Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress. In the video - which has since been removed by Facebook, YouTube and Twitter - she promotes the discredited coronavirus remedy, hydroxychloroquine. She attacked 'fake doctors' who doubt the efficacy of the drug, and claimed it's a 'cure', adding 'you don't need a mask.' Stella Immanuel shot to fame in a video touting a discredited COVID-19 cure Donald Trump on Monday night tweeted her video, before it was removed from social media 'If some fake science comes out and says we've done studies and they found out that it doesn't work, I can tell you categorically it's fake science,'...
    Studies that claim hydroxychloroquine does not work when treating patients with the coronavirus are “fake science,” a doctor at the “White Coat Summit” in Washington, DC, said on Monday. Dr. Stella Immanuel of Rehoboth Medical Center in Houston, Texas, said she had 350 patients she put on hydroxychloroquine and every one of them recovered. She continued: This is what I will say to all those studies — they had high doses, they were given the wrong patients — I would call them fake science. Any study that says hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work is fake science. And I want them to show me how it doesn’t work. How is it going to work for 350 patients for me, and they are all alive, and then somebody says it doesn’t work? Guys, all them studies: fake science. On what appeared to be her Twitter account, Dr. Immanuel wrote Friday that the fear, sickness, and deaths...
    Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas, was caring for about 170 coronavirus patients as of Tuesday, and one tragic case produced a cautionary tale. Dr. Joseph Chang, chief medical officer at the hospital, told a local news outlet about a patient in her 20s who went to a party with friends and got COVID-19. "Before she was symptomatic, she visited her 80-year-old grandparents and they got sick,” Chang told WFAA. The patient and her grandparents were admitted to the intensive care unit at Parkland, but the young woman didn’t know it because she was intubated and unconscious. After 10 days, she woke up and found out her grandfather had died the day before. FLORIDA MAN BATTLES CORONAVIRUS AFTER SON BRINGS IT HOME, INFECTS FAMILY Chang told WFAA he’s concerned about the toll on his staff after they witness such profound grief. “The fatigue on people’s faces is something that’s hard to quantify,” he said....
    Dr. Natasha Kathuria, an emergency room physician in Texas, says some hospitals are running out of COVID-19 tests as the state reported 175 new coronavirus deaths, a record for a single day. "We need rapid tests," Kathuria told Fox News "The Daily Briefing." "We cant do this send-out, three, four-day turnaround on these tests. And some of the hospitals that have rapid testing are running out, and this cannot be an issue." She added: "I cant believe were so many months into this pandemic and testing, PPE [personal protective equipment], nursing shortages, all this stuff is still an issue that were battling every day." Texas recorded 10,256 new positive coronavirus cases on Friday, an increase of 14,916 in one day. The statewide death toll now stands at 3,735. Texas is one of 18 states in the coronavirus "red zone," according to a document prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Related Stories: Dems Launch PAC to Defeat Texas...
    Texas emergency room physician Dr. Natasha Kathuria told "The Daily Briefing" Friday that some hospitals in the state are "running out of tests" as they grapple with a surge in coronavirus cases. "We need rapid tests," Kathuria told host Kristin Fisher. "We can't do this send-out, three, four-day turnaround on these tests. And some of the hospitals that have rapid testing are running out, and this cannot be an issue." She added: "I can’t believe we're so many months into this pandemic and testing, PPE [personal protective equipment], nursing shortages, all this stuff is still an issue that we're battling every day." TEXAS ER DOCTOR WARNS 'THINGS ARE DEFINITELY GETTING DIRE' IN STATE'S FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS On Thursday, Texas officials reported 10,291 new coroanvirus cases and a single-day record 129 additional deaths from COVID-19. Big cities and smaller communities along the Mexican border appear to be the most affected by the outbreak. Hidalgo County, about 220 miles south of San Antonio on the border, has reported more deaths than Houston’s Harris...
    Texas emergency room physician Dr. Natasha Kathuria painted a bleak picture of the battle against coronavirus in Houston's hospitals on Wednesday, warning that "things are definitely getting dire down here." "The red alarms are going off," Kathuria, who has been working in hospitals across the state, told "Bill Hemmer Reports". "Our ICUs are filling, and that inevitably trickles down to the rest of the hospital and the ER's. We still have a revolving door of emergency room patients coming in ... and the toll it is taking on our health care system is unfathomable. ABBOTT CALLS ON TEXANS, AMERICANS TO 'WEAR A MASK' AS NEW CASES, TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS HIT RECORD HIGHS IN STATE It is very difficult," she explained. "You know, we are constantly stressed and scared." On Wedensday, Texas officials reported 110 additional coronavirus deaths, the most new deaths reported in a single day since the pandemic began. In all, the Lone Star State has more than 282,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, more than 10,000 hospitalizations and 3,432 deaths....
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former White House physician and onetime pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs won the Republican nomination for a U.S. House seat in Texas in an election that unfolded amid an alarming spread of the coronavirus. Ronny Jackson, a retired Navy rear admiral, defeated agriculture advocate Josh Winegarner in a primary runoff Tuesday in the deeply red Texas Panhandle. Jackson will face Gus Trujillo, who won Tuesday’s Democratic nomination for the 13th congressional district in Texas, in the November general election. Trump had endorsed Jackson’s campaign and he emerged from a crowded GOP field to replace retiring Rep. Mac Thornberry. Jackson’s nomination to run the VA was derailed by allegations of drinking on the job and over-prescribing drugs. He withdrew from consideration for the VA post but denied accusations of wrongdoing. He returned to the White House medical office, retired from the...
    AUSTIN, Texas — President Donald Trump’s former White House physician and onetime pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs won the Republican nomination for a U.S. House seat in Texas on Tuesday in an election that unfolded amid an alarming spread of the coronavirus. Ronny Jackson, a retired Navy rear admiral, defeated agriculture advocate Josh Winegarner in a primary runoff in the deeply red Texas Panhandle. Jackson will face Gus Trujillo, who won Tuesday’s Democratic nomination for the 13th congressional district in Texas, in the November general election. Trump had endorsed Jackson’s campaign and he emerged from a crowded GOP field to replace retiring Rep. Mac Thornberry. Jackson’s nomination to run the VA was derailed by allegations of drinking on the job and over-prescribing drugs. He withdrew from consideration for the VA post but denied accusations of wrongdoing. He returned to the White House medical office, retired from...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former White House physician and onetime pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs won the Republican nomination for a U.S. House seat in Texas on Tuesday in an election that unfolded amid an alarming spread of the coronavirus. Ronny Jackson, a retired Navy rear admiral, defeated agriculture advocate Josh Winegarner in a primary runoff in the deeply red Texas Panhandle. Jackson will face Gus Trujillo, who won Tuesday's Democratic nomination for the 13th congressional district in Texas, in the November general election. Trump had endorsed Jackson's campaign and he emerged from a crowded GOP field to replace retiring Rep. Mac Thornberry. Jackson's nomination to run the VA was derailed by allegations of drinking on the job and over-prescribing drugs. He withdrew from consideration for the VA post but denied accusations of wrongdoing. He returned to the White House medical office, retired from...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – President Donald Trump’s former White House physician won the Republican nomination for a U.S. House seat in Texas on Tuesday in a primary runoff election that unfolded amid an alarming spread of the coronavirus across the state. Ronny Jackson, a retired Navy rear admiral, defeated Josh Winegarner in a primary runoff in the deeply red Texas Panhandle. Jackson was also the White House physician to presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and Trump’s endorsement for his former doctor carried Jackson to victory in his first run for office. Dr. Ronny Jackson – White House physician (CBS11) Voters in Texas were also picking Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate to go up against Republican incumbent John Cornyn. The race between MJ Hegar, a former Air Force helicopter pilot who nearly won a House seat in 2018, and state Sen. Royce West remained too close to call hours...
    Former White House physician Ronny Jackson is likely a deep-red Texas congressional district's next representative after winning the Republican nomination. Jackson beat longtime Republican staffer Josh Winegarner with 56% of the vote and 66,000 votes counted in their primary run-off for Texas' 13th congressional district. The district covers Texas' panhandle and part of the state's north. Republican Rep. Mac Thornberry, the top GOP lawmaker on the House Armed Services Committee, has been the incumbent since 1995. He announced last September he wouldn't seek a 14th term in office. Jackson and Winegarner's race was a bare-knuckled contest after a 15-way primary. Jackson hit Winegarner for his record as an agriculture lobbyist in Washington, D.C., while Winegarner swung at Jackson for his time in the capital as well. Jackson was endorsed by President Trump, yet Winegarner had Thornberry's backing and deeper pocketed donors compared to his rival's less organized campaign. Jackson, a...
    Texas emergency rooms and intensive care units are "bulging at the seams," bombarded by a tsunami of new coronavirus cases, Dr. Natasha Kathuria reported Tuesday. In an interview on "Fox & Friends" with host Brian Kilmeade, Kathuria said cities all over the Lonestar State are feeling the pressure. TEXAS CITY LISTS NEWBORN'S DEATH AS COVID-19-RELATED "So, it's been very terrifying. Even the patients [who] come in for non-COVID related things – like a trauma patient, for example – we end up finding out that they have COVID while they are in the ER. And so, things get very, very hectic at that point because these are infectious, communicable diseases that we very much worry about," she explained. People wait in line at a free COVID-19 testing site provided by United Memorial Medical Center, at the Mexican Consulate, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in Houston. Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Texas continue to surge. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, on Friday, shut down bars again and...
    Shoshana WodinskyJust now•Filed to:we love the '90swe love the '90sfax machinescovid-19SaveGraphic: Flickr Fax machines are widely regarded as insecure, clunky, and just generally obsolete pieces of tech that deserve to be burned in effigy, not unlike a lot of the other shit we remember from the earlier decades of technological innovation. But because bureaucracy’s gonna bureaucracy, federal officials can’t seem to stop relying on these pieces of outdated junk—and we’re the ones left paying the price. Case in point: Earlier today, the New York Times dropped this piece describing exactly what happens when a fax machine based in a suburban Texas Health Department is faced with the state’s current record-breaking influx of new covid-19 cases—and of tests to process. As the Times describes: The machine at the Harris County Public Health department in Houston recently became overwhelmed when one laboratory sent a large batch of test results, spraying hundreds of...
    SAN ANTONIO (CBSDFW.COM) – A doctor in Texas said a young man died after he said he went to a “COVID party.” Dr. Jane Appleby, chief medical officer at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, said the man was 30 years old. “He didn’t really believe, he thought the disease was a hoax. He thought he was young and he was invincible and wouldn’t get affected by the disease,” Appleby told KSAT. According to the doctor, the man went to a “COVID party.” Appleby said a “COVID party” is when someone who contracts the virus invites friends over for a party “to see if they can beat the disease.” “One of the things that was heart-wrenching that he said to his nurse was, ‘you know, I think I made a mistake’ and this young man went to a COVID part,” Appleby said. Appleby told KSAT that young patients sometimes aren’t aware...
    As coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to climb, Texas may be forced to open up a stadium to handle the influx of patients, Texas Medical Association President Dr. Diana Fite warned Thursday. TEXAS DOCTORS RANK ACTIVITIES POSING GREATEST RISKS FOR CONTRACTING CORONAVIRUS In an interview on "Fox & Friends First" with host Carley Shimkus, Fite said she was "concerned" about what she was seeing, but that health care workers "had a lot of practice over March and April" in regards to the creation of makeshift hospital beds. Visitors wearing masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19 pose for photos at the Alamo, which remains closed, in San Antonio last month. Cases of COVID-19 have spiked in Texas to over 200,000, according to government figures. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) "Now that we've got so many cases coming up...at least a lot of the patients now are younger and not quite as sick -- but, because...
    Fox News White House correspondent Kristin Fisher offered a personal, alarming account of the coronavirus pandemic’s strain on medical resources throughout the country. Fisher is the daughter of Dr. Bill Fisher, a 74-year-old emergency room physician who has appeared on Fox before to talk about the Texas Medical Center’s efforts to counteract Covid-19. On Wednesday, Fisher posted a Twitter thread about a new conversation with her father, who said Houston’s running out of hospital beds because of the voracious demands the pandemic. “Yesterday, I could not find a single hospital bed – ICU or otherwise – in the entire greater Houston area,” Fisher said, quoting her dad. “We had nowhere to send people other than to send them out-of-state or to nearby cities such as Austin or San Antonio.” This morning, @DrBillFisher was finally able to transfer a critical (non-COVID) patient after a single ICU bed opened up at...
    Loud noise environments may increase a person’s risk for contracting the novel coronavirus, nine-term congressman and doctor Rep. Mike Burgess told Newsmax TV on Tuesday, because it causes people to move closer than the 6-foot "social distancing" suggestion to be heard. Burgess is a 69-year-old Republican who has three decades as a doctor in North Texas and represents Texas’ 26th Congressional District in the northern section of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He was reacting to claims, such as the one from the World Health Organization earlier in the day, that "emerging evidence" shows the virus is spread through the air as well as "respiratory droplets." "Interestingly enough, high-noise environments seem to be one of those things that works out to be a risk factor," Burgess said on "Spicer & Co." "It maybe why bars have been identified as being problematic. You certainly look at the people in the meat processing...
    A doctor at Stanford University said the spike in hospital patients in Texas has "nothing to do with COVID-19.” Dr. Scott Atlas, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and the former chief of neuroradiology at the university’s medical center, joined Fox News’s The Story on Monday and said the public should not panic about the spike in hospitalizations. “When I looked at every single hospital area in Texas today, 15-20% of people in the hospital as inpatients are COVID-positive patients. That means 80-85% have nothing to do with COVID-19. And the same thing goes with some of these other states. There are people hospitalized, a large number, because they are tested as COVID-positive, somehow they are categorized as COVID hospitalizations. That’s a problem,” he said. Atlas said people need to look at who is diagnosed with the coronavirus, as the fatality rate is lower for people...
    A West Texas doctor says an inhaled steroid, budesonide, a drug commonly used to treat asthma, is the "silver bullet" for COVID-19. "Its an inhaled steroid that doesnt have the side effects of total body steroids but it has the benefits," Dr. Richard Bartlett said in a recent interview with KWES-TV in Odessa. "Its like putting out a fire at the base of the fire. Im having patients recover so quick." Bartlett, an emergency room doctor for 28 years, said he has been treating high-risk COVID-19 patients such as the elderly or those with conditions such as heart disease and cancer, with the inhaled steroid. COVID-19 starts off in the respiratory system but then moves on to cause severe inflammation that leads to organ failure and death, but Bartlett claims the steroid stops that inflammation from happening. He said his patients with COVID-19 are prescribed budesonide, which they inhale through...
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