January 23, 2018

Around the nation: Cleveland Clinic doctor delivers baby mid-flight

Daily Briefing

    Sij Hemal, a second-year urology resident at the Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, was flying from Paris to New York City when he helped a woman deliver a baby boy on the plane, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Delaware, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

    • Delaware: Delaware has become the latest state to file a lawsuit against a number of opioid manufacturers for allegedly exacerbating the opioid epidemic. Specifically, the state claims that certain drug manufacturers fueled the opioid epidemic with a marketing campaign that the state said concealed the dangers of opioid use, while certain distributors ignored signs that opioids were being diverted for illegal use (Raymond, Reuters, 1/19).

    • Ohio: Sij Hemal, a second-year urology resident at the Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, was flying from Paris to New York City when he helped a woman deliver a baby boy on the plane. Toyin Ogundipe, 41, went into labor as the plane was crossing the coast of Greenland and delivered her son with the help of Hemal and an unnamed pediatrician who was on flight (Vrsansky, Cleveland19, 1/19).

    • Pennsylvania: Children's North has opened a new playroom, named "Austin's Playroom," after the son of Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario and Nathalie Lemieux, who was born premature. The room—which features many games, toys, books, a train table, and a large-screen TV—aims to ease children's fears while waiting for procedures (Federoff, Pittsburgh Business Times, 1/19).

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