Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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Rotary program brings third heart patient to Maine
A 12-year-old boy from El Salvador is scheduled to be the third child to have heart surgery in Maine through the international Rotary Club's Gift of Life program.
Jose David Marroquin Galan has been staying at the Ronald McDonald House with his mother, Rina Galan, since Saturday. His operation at Maine Medical Center to replace an artery is scheduled for Friday, said Paul Emery, a member of the Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club.
Jose David and his mother will attend a Rotary Club meeting Tuesday at the Westbrook Regional Vocational Center, where the speaker will be Robert Raylman, executive director of Gift of Life International.
Since 1974, Gift of Life has arranged for more than 10,000 children to receive medical care for heart conditions. Emery decided to bring the program to Maine after hearing the first Gift of Life patient speak at a Rotary convention a couple of years ago.
The state's first two Gift of Life patients were Genesis Lluberes and Daisy Mayi, who were 5 months old and 21 months old, respectively, when they had surgery in the spring at Maine Medical Center. Both girls from the Dominican Republic had a heart condition called tetralogy of fallot, which gave them a life expectancy of three to four years, before the surgery.
Their operations, travel and living expenses in Maine were covered by Maine Medical Center, the Maine Foundation for Cardiac Surgery and the Gift of Life.
Five cruise ships due to visit Portland through Saturday
Five cruise ships are scheduled to visit Portland this week, carrying a total of more than 10,400 passengers and nearly 4,000 crew members.
The Jewel of the Seas, with 2,112 passengers and 869 crew, visited Monday. On Tuesday, the Carnival Glory, with 2,974 passengers and 1,160 crew, is scheduled to arrive at 8 a.m. and depart at 5 p.m.
On Friday, the Independence, whose home port is Portland, is scheduled to arrive at 5 p.m. with 98 passengers and depart at 3 p.m. Saturday.
On Saturday, the Enchantment of the Seas, with 2,250 passengers and 870 crew, is due to arrive at 11:30 a.m. and depart at 7 p.m.
Also Saturday, the Norwegian Dawn, with about 3,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members, will arrive at 11 a.m. and depart at 7 p.m.
In all, 60 ships carrying a total of 68,977 passengers and 26,425 crew members are expected to call on Portland this year. Most of the visits are scheduled for late summer and early fall.
Homeless man charged in assault on another
Police have arrested a 23-year-old homeless man on charges that he beat a man near Sewall Street, causing life-threatening injuries.
Police were called at 9:30 p.m. Sunday to an area of woods where someone had found an unconscious man bleeding from severe facial injuries.
Police say Jeffrey Fry, 47, was taken to Maine Medical Center for treatment. Witnesses described the suspect and police found Adam Delano a short distance away. He was charged with aggravated assault, a felony.
Fry was being treated for broken bones in his face, skull fractures, and internal injuries, police said.
Delano and Fry are both homeless and know each other. Police did not indicate what led to the fight.
Delano was held on $5,000 bail. Police asked that anyone with information call 874-8533.
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