Friday, October 19, 2018


Thankfully, doctors on board

Editor’s note: The weekly “Thumbs Up-Thumbs Down” editorial offers opinions on highs and lows in the news during the past week.

Thumbs up: The medical skills of Eau Claire doctors Chetna Magnart and Gagandeep Singh were on public display last month when they revived a passenger who went into cardiac arrest on an airplane flight.

The married couple who work at Mayo Clinic Health System let their training take over when the passenger seated in front of the couple and their two children became unresponsive. Singh pulled the woman to the American Airlines plane’s aisle and the couple began CPR, reviving her after about five minutes, according to Leader-Telegram reporter Eric Lindquist’s story.

Magnart and Signh were humble about their life-saving plane trip, but their boss knows how stressful such an incident can be 30,000 feet in the air. “You’re suddenly asked to provide medical care to someone you don’t know in front of 200 people without any equipment,” said Dr. Richard Helmers, regional vice president of Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin, in a statement.

“It is admirable that they responded, knew what to do and, undoubtedly, saved this woman’s life.”

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Thumbs down: The story of the 6-year-old Taylor County girl killing a deer on the opening weekend of the gun season should make us all pause and ask, “Is this really a good idea?” 

Stories about the kindergartner’s first kill are news now that Wisconsin no longer has an age restriction on deer hunting. Gov. Scott Walker signed the bill that eliminated the law that required hunters to be 12 years old. The scenario surrounding the Medford girl’s first deer sounds ideal. The Associated Press reported the girl’s father bought her a lighter youth rifle, took her to the shooting range to practice and carried the weapon through the woods for her during the hunt. This was a responsible parent taking precautions to make sure a child had a good, safe experience.

But that may not always be the case, depending on the parent and the child. What if the parent allows the child to carry his or her own heavier adult rifle that is loaded? One stumble and someone may be dead. Children mature at different rates and they’re nowhere near maturity mentally or physically before age 12. We hope this decision to arm children doesn’t turn out to be a tragic mistake.

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Thumbs up: Henry Ellenson is learning — learning to be patient and realizing this is just the beginning of his NBA career.

The Rice Lake native has been in and out of the Detroit Pistons’ playing rotation and has spent time with their development league team in Grand Rapids, Mich. Ellenson scored 31 points for the Drive this week against the Oklahoma City Blue, a team that included his older brother Wally, who played briefly in the game.

  The 6-foot-11 Henry Ellenson is in the Pistons’ plans for the future, according to Leader-Telegram sports editor Joe Ziemer’s story, and he just needs work and patience. 

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