New details in death of marathoner

New details in death of marathoner

There are 2 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Oct 24, 2007, titled New details in death of marathoner. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Cook County's chief medical examiner, Dr. Nancy Jones, says test results show no evidence of dehydration in a runner who died in the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon.

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Glendale Heights, IL

#1 Oct 25, 2007
Just a thought, and while there was a MAYDAY call for suburban ambulances at the last minute, why not equip them with GPS setups so they can be better prepared. Lots of taxi's I've been in lately have the portables on their windshield. For a few hundred dollars per unit (and I'm sure that the manufacturers will be pleased to advertise that they are used by such and such department) it can work. This is ESPECIALLY true in a mass disaster situation when MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) is initiated and crews be they fire or ambulance or police for that matter are patrolling or responding in unfamiliar areas. Minutes do count.

Since Dr. Jones at the CCMEO has run the appropriate tests for dehydration, and the autopsy gave clinical indications to the pathologist of the preexisting cardiac condition (there is an old joke about MD's that the pathologist knows everything, but it is too late), it is not likley that the runner would have survived. Dr. Jones tells it like it is (see Trib article on Monday of this week), and like Dr. Donoghue with the Heat Emergency a decade ago, sometimes the forensic evidence is unpopular with politicians or families.
Dr Jon

Port Huron, MI

#2 Nov 14, 2007
Runner Schieber in the Chicago Marathon died of heat stress not a prolapsed mitrial valve. That was just a cover up or simple error. The race should never have started under the expected conditions. Error in judgement

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