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DC Newsman Died Twice In Hospital, Returns To TV After Recovery
Newsone ^ | Sep 9, 2013 | D.L. Chandler

Posted on 09/09/2013 3:42:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway

News anchor Leon Harris, a beloved fixture on Washington ABC affiliate WJLA-TV, has recovered from a severe medical condition that nearly killed him. In fact, Harris says that he died twice while under care, making his triumphant return to the anchor’s desk tonight even more remarkable.

As reported by Yahoo! News, Harris, 52, appeared on Good Morning America earlier today to share details about his health scare and how it nearly took his life. A 20-year veteran, Harris says after doubling over from severe abdominal pain on Aug. 1, it was revealed that he suffered from acute necrotizing pancreatitis. Doctors at Baltimore’s John’s Hopkins Hospital made the discovery after he was airlifted to the facility. It was worse than Mike Tyson punching me,” says Harris. “It was the worst pain I think I’ve ever felt in my life.”

Harris’ kidneys were failing him and his lungs were filling with fluid. For nine days, Harris needed the assistance of a ventilator to breathe and suffered so much, he felt himself losing the will to live and even told his wife, Dawn, and their two children to make preparations. Watch Leon Harris talk about his experience here:

“On two different days I died,” he said. “I zeroed out and they revived me. I got sick and tired of trying to breathe. It was like trying to snorkel across a lake breathing through a cocktail straw.” But what happened next was truly a miracle.

“And I closed my eyes and I happened to see Dawn’s face. And I said, ‘I can’t quit on her. If I quit on her, I’m going to go to hell, and if I go to hell, I’m not going to go to hell for quitting,’” he shared. Shortly after the vision of his wife’s smiling face, Harris’ condition improved rapidly.

Now with half a pancreas, Harris is slated to join the evening news team at WJLA for the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. airings. Despite a return to his normal schedule, Harris realizes how blessed he is.

“If I die twice on the table and I’m still here…God kicked my butt out of Heaven twice, so I’m supposed to be here,” Harris said. “I can’t quit.”


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: leonharris; wjla

1 posted on 09/09/2013 3:42:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

He has a wonderful attitude. Good for him.


2 posted on 09/09/2013 3:44:23 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: nickcarraway
Harris says that he died twice while under care...

He didn't die twice; he didn't die once. And you can only die once. Near death is not death. But glad he made it.

3 posted on 09/09/2013 3:48:06 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: luvbach1

I guess they mean, “clinically dead.”


4 posted on 09/09/2013 3:51:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: luvbach1

Actually, if a person has ceased breathing and no longer has a pulse, they are dead.

In emergency medicine, we can argue about it with a defibrillator and a box of drugs and if not too much cellular destruction has occurred, we sometimes win that argument.


5 posted on 09/09/2013 3:53:01 PM PDT by Ophiucus
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To: Ophiucus
Actually, if a person has ceased breathing and no longer has a pulse, they are dead.

That's why some "dead" people wake up in the morgue.

6 posted on 09/09/2013 4:07:54 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: nickcarraway

Funny. I just came back from the hospital.

3rd time in a week.

Yeahhhhhhh.....


7 posted on 09/09/2013 4:12:32 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: nickcarraway

Neat. Thanks.


8 posted on 09/09/2013 4:23:16 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Vendome

YOU BETTER STAY WELL.

Or I’m kicking your a$$.


9 posted on 09/09/2013 4:24:09 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: nickcarraway

Thanks for posting...


10 posted on 09/09/2013 4:30:01 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.{TaglineUsed w/SunkenCiv's permission.})
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To: Vendome

That must have been annoying. Or you are just addicted to nurses?


11 posted on 09/09/2013 4:30:07 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

“acute necrotizing pancreatitis” is definitely bad. One heck of a Wiki.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necrotizing_pancreatitis


12 posted on 09/09/2013 4:32:48 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (The best War on Terror News is at rantburg.com)
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To: nickcarraway

Zombie reporter?


13 posted on 09/09/2013 4:58:30 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: nickcarraway

Lordy! This is written so poorly!

Worst mistake: “John’s Hopkins”. What? I realize that for people who live in other regions the name Johns Hopkins Hospital may be unfamiliar, but those who live in the region and are alleged journalists have no excuse.


14 posted on 09/09/2013 5:32:40 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: nickcarraway

Dude! my Doctor and one of the nurses were beautiful.

I almost wanted to stay the night but, they are strictly ER.

Maybe I’ll break my ulna and have to back.


15 posted on 09/09/2013 5:41:41 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Lazamataz

You and Humble can come and kick my ass.

I’m probably too much for one of you.

But, you bass terds are mean enough to just never fight fair.

LOL


16 posted on 09/09/2013 5:43:12 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

There is such a thing as a ‘fair fight’?

Huh. Go figure. :)


17 posted on 09/09/2013 5:44:03 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

No but, you can apparently have a rather small strike.

WTF???

Our gubmint is sohhh stupid.

But, we got some pretty hot gals.


18 posted on 09/09/2013 5:46:07 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: nickcarraway

A vision of either of my ex-wives on my deathbed would serve to finish me off.


19 posted on 09/09/2013 5:53:00 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: Lazamataz

Did you ever see that Ad on Ebay about 12 years ago where a guy set up a bid and the winner would get his asks kicked???

That wuz so damned funny.


20 posted on 09/09/2013 6:07:22 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

LOL


21 posted on 09/09/2013 6:19:06 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

http://www.whattheheck.com/ebay/buttkicker.html


22 posted on 09/09/2013 6:40:14 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome
3rd time in a week.

Props.

23 posted on 09/09/2013 7:30:00 PM PDT by Stentor
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To: Ophiucus

Been there, done that.
Don’t recommend it.


24 posted on 09/09/2013 7:37:57 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: Stentor

Thnx.


25 posted on 09/09/2013 7:39:47 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: luvbach1
That's why some "dead" people wake up in the morgue.

How often does that happen outside of the pages of the National Enquirer? Although, that is the reason caskets used to have a bell and rope attachment that stuck above the ground. Those paranoid that they would be buried alive would have an alarm bell.

Anyways, no patient that I have seen in the better part of two decades that has been asystole in two or more leads has ever waken up later after calling the code.

26 posted on 09/09/2013 10:57:39 PM PDT by Ophiucus
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To: ctdonath2

But you’re feeling much better now?


27 posted on 09/09/2013 10:58:18 PM PDT by Ophiucus
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To: Ophiucus
How often does that happen outside of the pages of the National Enquirer?

Forget the National Enquirer. It doesn't happen often but it has happened with people who were ostensibly dead. I wasn't referring to premature burial which obviously can't happen with embalming or cremation; however, people also have revived in funeral homes prior to embalming, albeit also very rare. But there have been cases of premature burial in bygone eras as you pointed out. I think the accepted definition of dead by the medical profession is brain dead, the cessation of all brain function. My original point was if you truly die you can't come back to tell about it.

28 posted on 09/10/2013 12:14:06 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: luvbach1

That is the point.

A person can be submerged in extremely cold water for hours and the body recovered, not breathing, no pulse, a core body temperature below that can support life, but they are not considered dead until they are warm and dead. Some of those we can get back. It led to our current protocols of deliberate induced hypothermia for cardiac arrest.


29 posted on 09/10/2013 1:11:58 AM PDT by Ophiucus
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To: Ophiucus

Well, when you’re dead you don’t really feel anything.
Waking up was...uncomfortable.
Happy to be here.


30 posted on 09/10/2013 3:44:21 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: Ophiucus

I don’t think we disagree.


31 posted on 09/10/2013 3:47:09 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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