Thursday, September 13, 2001


Air delays risky for transplants

        With air travel shut down nationwide, seriously ill people may face delays in organ transplants.

        The potential risk to organ recipients depends heavily on how fast air traffic is restored.

        So far, nobody in Cincinnati has died as a result of suspended air travel, said Mark Sommerville, a spokesman for LifeCenter which coordinates organ donations in the Tristate.

        Wednesday, the United Network for Organ Sharing confirmed that two organs collected from donor bodies could not be placed. Meanwhile, several potential donors were rejected because they had specific medical issues that required air travel, said UNOS spokesman Joel Newman.

        The network has no indication that patients have died as a result of delays. More than 20 transplants occurred without using air travel by allowing locally-donated organs to go to local transplant patients.

Paige cancels trip to the Tristate

        U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige on Wednesday canceled his trip to the Tristate following Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

        Mr. Paige was scheduled to be tonight's featured speaker at the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati's Annual Education Summit 2001.

        The three-day summit, including tonight's forum, will go on as planned, organizers said. Bishop Michael Dantley, pastor of Christ Emmanuel, will take Mr. Paige's place at tonight's forum.

        For information, call the Urban League at 281-9955.

Destruction is enormous

        The destruction of the World Trade Center is the equivalent of wiping out all of downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky's major office buildings.

        The World Trade Center's twin, 110-story towers, closing in on their 30th anniversary, had about 9.4 million square feet of office. That surpasses all major towers in or near downtown Cincinnati, 6.9 million square feet, and Northern Kentucky, 1.8 million square feet.

County offering rides for military

        Even military personnel recalled to duty face transportation problems.

        Warren County Auditor Nick Nelson drove his son B.J., a Marine, to Camp Lejeune, N.C., Tuesday when his leave was canceled and he could not get a flight.

        Warren County commissioners and the county's Veterans Services are offering rides up to 500 miles to county residents, Commissioner Pat South said.

        Military personnel may call (513) 695-1363 for information.

Bank workers are evacuated

        About 100 employees of Fifth Third Bank were evacuated from the Sears Tower in Chicago as a precaution Tuesday.

        Fifth Third Chief Executive George A. Schaefer Jr., in New York City at a Merrill Lynch analyst conference, arrived back in Cincinnati about 8 a.m. Tuesday after catching a flight from New York earlier that morning.

        A top executive for the parent of Firstar Bank also attended the conference. David Moffet, chief financial analyst at U.S. Bancorp, was OK, the bank said.

        Neal Arnold, Fifth Third chief financial officer, hopped on a van with other travelers holed up at LaGuardia International Airport, left the city and finally was able to rent a car to drive home.

Taft, legislators pray for victims

        COLUMBUS — Gov. Bob Taft, legislators, office workers and others packed into the Ohio Statehouse atrium Wednesday to pray for victims of the terrorist attacks.

        A few people waved flags. Others sang softly as bagpipers played “Amazing Grace.”

        “Today we mourn for the victims. We do not yet know how many there are or how many may be Ohioans. We do not yet know their names. We do not know their life stories ...” Mr. Taft said. “But we do know they were here yesterday morning. And today they are gone.”

        About 600 people, including Republican and Democratic legislative leaders, members of the Ohio Supreme Court, Attorney General Betty Montgomery and Statehouse staffers, joined Mr. Taft in prayer for the victims.

The Rev. Aaron Wheeler Sr., chairman of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, said the country has survived other calamities.

        “We have overcome and we are still the greatest nation on earth,” he said. “Make no mistake about it. We might be hit and we might be bit but we won't break.”

Newtown exec saw horror

        NEW YORK CITY — Doug Hall, founder and chief executive of Eureka! Ranch, a Newtown think tank and consulting company, was judging an entrepreneur contest in Manhattan for Johnnie Walker whisky when the panel learned that the World Trade Center had been hit by an airplane.

        “I went out on the street corner and you could see the outline of the plane in the building,” Mr. Hall said by telephone from Queens.

        “It was like you were looking at a movie. The four-lane street was full of people. Everybody was looking on in absolute terror, and then the whole building disappears.”

        Mr. Hall returned to his hotel on Tuesday night but had no hot water, hot food or telephone.

Ohio hospitals operating normally

        Tuesday's terrorist attacks may aggravate a months-long tight supply of tetanus vaccine at some Greater Cincinnati hospitals.

        Nationwide calls for medications, oxygen, blood and other supplies could limit local supplies at Greater Cincinnati hospitals, officials said, but as of now the facilities are operating on normal schedules.

        Meanwhile, the need for medical teams from the Tristate to travel to New York or Washington D.C. — or for patients to be shipped here — appears to be dropping rapidly, as the number of survivors pulled from the wreckage dwindles.

        “At this point, Ohio hospitals are not likely to be called into service,” said Mary Yost, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Hospital Association.

        Dave McClure is unit commander of a 100-member federal Direct Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) based at the St. Luke hospitals in Northern Kentucky.

        “We may be needed in a relief role. But unfortunately, it looks like the DMORT teams will be more needed as the days go on,” Mr. McClure said.

        DMORT teams provide morticians.

        At University Hospital, two trauma surgeons with military commitments have traveled to Baltimore, where they await further orders.

       Enquirer reporters Cindi Andrews, Lori Hayes, Jeff McKinney, Tim Bonfield, John Eckberg, Debra Jasper, and Travis James Tritten contributed.



At a glance
Attacks are topic No. 1 in classrooms
Body recovery part of work of NYC crews
Constituents' emotions unmitigated
Different faiths, all drawn to pray
Family clings to details of missing woman's fate
Jews seek normalcy
Local firefighters on task force joining rescue efforts
Muslims urged to give aid
No date, time for nation's air travel to resume
- Notebook
Outpouring of donations keeps blood supply steady
Relatives wait for word, pray
Stranded travelers find help in Florence
Tightened air security will be norm
Travelers wait, pray in deserted airport
Work resumes, but life is different
Wright-Patterson medical personnel join effort
PULFER: Cell phones
RADEL: Tristate sprouts flying flags
Reports bring sweep of river
Court upholds stay for Byrd
Luken suggests raises for cadets
Luken unused to second place
Primary results
Council halts bid for road-extension vote
Superintendent's contract extended
Tristate A.M. Report
Woman shot outside school as it lets out