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Not a Surprise: Man Who Tried Doing His Own Hernia Surgery Doesn't Have Insurance
The wife of a Glendale man who tried unsuccessfully to perform his own hernia removal operation with a butter knife says their lack of insurance is at the root of their troubles, according to the Glendale News-Press .
Last week, Maria Demestihas told reporters that while her husband, Nicholas, 63, was hospitalized at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, she was begging doctors at the facility to do the surgery to take out the football-sized hernia that is sticking out of his stomach.
Mrs. Demstihas says that money is the issue, and Nicholas does not qualify for medicare. Moreover, she says the hernia exacerbates her husband's schizophrenia.
His past "unstable behavior" halted an Alhambra clinic from performing the operation previously. While being cared for at County last week following his botched self-surgery, doctors treated his injuries, but not the hernia itself.
Nicholas Demestihas' self-surgery attempt last week is not the first time he's tried to handle his hernia himself. Since the hernia appeared six years ago he has "driven a nail into the growth, has tried to shave it off with a razor and punches it." Mrs. Demestihas says she fears if the hernia isn't removed now, he will continue to try to tackle it himself.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
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Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.