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Alice surgeon treated Cheney shooting victim
aliceechonews.com ^ | 01/14/06 | Ofelia Garcia Hunter

Posted on 02/14/2006 6:26:01 PM PST by Ellesu

Subnani saw Whittington in Kingsville:

An Alice surgeon was one of two doctors that first treated Harry Whittington, an avid hunter that was pellet sprayed by Vice-President Dick Cheney Saturday evening while quail hunting at the Armstrong Ranch in Kenedy County.

"We usually don't take care of gun shot wounds, but they wanted to come to the Kingsville hospital," said Raj Subnani, a surgeon for CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice and CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Kleberg. "We immediately, including all the nursing staff, took care of him (Whittington)."

He said that about 15 to 20 Kingsville hospital staff members helped care for Whittington that included a CAT scan by a technician. He and the staff were upset that most media reports didn't even mention Whittington's first stop at the Kingsville hospital. Subnani was called from his Alice home to the Kingsville hospital Saturday about 6:15 p.m. He said he rushed to the hospital and arrived about 30 minutes later as the ambulance arrived at the Kingsville hospital from the Armstrong Ranch. According to Associated Press reports, Cheney accidentally shot his 78-year-old hunter companion during a weekend quail hunting trip at the Armstrong Ranch, about 30 miles from Kingsville. Whittington went to retrieve a bird and Cheney failed to see him and shot him with pellet shots, reports said. Whittington, an Austin attorney, was removed from the intensive care unit Monday and remains in stable condition at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Memorial in Corpus Christi. Whittington could be sent home as early as today, reports said.

Despite reports that Whittington was treated at Spohn Memorial, Subnani said he and another emergency doctor, Fred Martin, checked and stabilized Whittington in the Kingsville hospital.

"Most of the injuries were superficial," he said as he pointed to the areas where Whittington was injured. "He had pellets throughout the neck, chest and abdomen with b-b bullets under the skin."

Subnani said the injuries were not life-threatening and as the swelling diminishes, the pellets can be pulled out with a small incision. He said an antibiotic was all that was needed to cure the tears in the skin. The doctor said Whittington, about an hour and a half later, was transferred by HALO-Flight to Corpus Christi as a VIP courtesy.

"The treatment was started and there was no need to be sent to Memorial hospital," Subnani said. "Except he was part of the VIP party…he got the best royal treatment. If it was a regular citizen like you and I, he would have been sent home."


TOPICS: Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: alice; cheney; harrywhittington; quailhunt; whittington

1 posted on 02/14/2006 6:26:02 PM PST by Ellesu
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To: Ellesu
Subnani said the injuries were not life-threatening and as the swelling diminishes, the pellets can be pulled out with a small incision. He said an antibiotic was all that was needed to cure the tears in the skin. The doctor said Whittington, about an hour and a half later, was transferred by HALO-Flight to Corpus Christi as a VIP courtesy. "The treatment was started and there was no need to be sent to Memorial hospital," Subnani said. "Except he was part of the VIP party…he got the best royal treatment. If it was a regular citizen like you and I, he would have been sent home."

Someone tell this to that screaming queen David Gregory.

2 posted on 02/14/2006 6:27:12 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (An agnostic for religious freedom, not Islamofascistic multiculti PC secularism)
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To: Ellesu

Funny, I don't remember a surgeon on Alice.


3 posted on 02/14/2006 6:27:57 PM PST by Mrs. Shawnlaw (Rock beats scissors, don't run with rocks. NRA)
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To: LA Woman3
Raj Subnani was one of two doctors at the CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Kleberg that first treated Harry Whittington, the avid hunter who was shot by Vice-President Dick Cheney at the Armstrong Ranch. Subnani shows where Whittington was pellet sprayed.
4 posted on 02/14/2006 6:28:01 PM PST by Ellesu (www.thedeadpelican.com)
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To: Mrs. Shawnlaw

Kiss My Grits. lol.


5 posted on 02/14/2006 6:30:03 PM PST by Ellesu (www.thedeadpelican.com)
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To: Ellesu

perhaps it was a good thing that he was transferred..
the Doctor on Brit Hume's show was very enlightening regarding the heart incident.
David Gregory is a screaming Queen no doubt, I don't want to hear about the connected wife and subsequent child!


6 posted on 02/14/2006 6:34:43 PM PST by acapesket (never had a vote count in all my years here)
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To: Ellesu

Dang it

Start new website "Igotpeppered.com"

sheesh

TT


7 posted on 02/14/2006 6:35:07 PM PST by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: TexasTransplant
I don't know why everyone is making such a big deal out of this, everyone knew "Tort Reform" was on the Bush-Cheney agenda.
8 posted on 02/14/2006 6:37:57 PM PST by txroadkill
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To: Ellesu

Wasn't Alice where the 200 votes mysteriously materialized that allowed Lyndon Baines Johnson (a.k.a. "Landslide Lyndon") to win the 1948 Democratic primary for senator by 87 votes?


9 posted on 02/14/2006 6:43:13 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Ellesu
"If it was a regular citizen like you and I, he would have been sent home."

So then why was he put into ICU at Christus Spohn? ICU isn't necessarily VIP treatment. ICU is often done as a precaution as well as a necessity.

Then he has a heart attack.

10 posted on 02/14/2006 7:01:18 PM PST by DaGman
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To: Ellesu
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11 posted on 02/14/2006 7:08:46 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (The Death Penalty isn't for making examples it's for making bad people DEAD!)
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To: Darkwolf377

I want to know when miss Gregory is going to ask the burning question all of America wants to know- did Cheney or did Cheney not hit the quail?


12 posted on 02/14/2006 7:13:01 PM PST by csmusaret (Urban Sprawl is an oxymoron)
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

So, I recognize Helen Thomas on the right, but who's that dick. . . err, duck on the left; David Gregory?


13 posted on 02/14/2006 7:19:30 PM PST by Jambe ( Save the Cows ! -- Eat a Vegan !!!)
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To: Ellesu
Hey FReepers, and I've been around FReeperland awhile ... this is a PR disaster for the Bushies. This is a classic textbook example of how not to handle a developing highly volatile situation involving a senior level member of the administration. The Bushies, PR wise, screwed up on Katrina and now this ... is it any wonder people are concerned about their handling of the war in Iraq?
14 posted on 02/14/2006 7:20:27 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: Verginius Rufus
Yes, I was born in Alice. It is Jim Wells County, and it was where LBJ's cronies came up with over 250 votes of dead people who voted in aphabethical order. Also, there was a local crook named George B Parr that supported LBJ in this part of Texas that was called "The Duke of Duval." He was very corrupt and finally sent to prison on tax fraud. There was a saying in South Texas that be careful if you ran against Lyndon, that you might be killed. In Alice, a lawyer was killed in his garage one night, who opposed Lyndon.
15 posted on 02/14/2006 7:25:34 PM PST by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: Mrs. Shawnlaw
There is a Texas joke about the traveling salesman that comes home and his wife asked him were he spent the night. He responded halfway between Alice and Victoria (two Texas towns), and got in trouble.
16 posted on 02/14/2006 7:27:06 PM PST by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: BluH2o

PR? I think if there is anything you can take for granted from this President its that he does'nt pay much attention to polls and he does'nt pander to the media.
What should have FEMA done in the wake of Katrina? Declared marshal law and done all the things that LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE SUPPOSED TO DO?
As for Cheney and him shooting this guy while they were hunting together, what possible difference would it have made if they had told the WH press corps on Saturday night instead of Sunday?


17 posted on 02/14/2006 7:48:42 PM PST by southernerwithanattitude
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To: Ellesu

"Cheney shooting victim"




The media has been waiting for years to use that in the headline. There's no way they're going to pass up the opportunity.


18 posted on 02/14/2006 7:48:46 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: BluH2o

Hogwash.

It's a media story the media is trying to make everyone else give a crap about.


19 posted on 02/14/2006 7:50:47 PM PST by D-fendr
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To: BluH2o

One does not govern on PR unless you are Bill Clinton


20 posted on 02/14/2006 8:09:53 PM PST by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: southernerwithanattitude
I think if there is anything you can take for granted from this President its that he doesn't pay much attention to polls and he doesn't pander to the media.

Perhaps he should ... his father was accused of not being in touch with the real America ... remember the check out scan device incident where Bush 41 looked clueless? As I said in my earlier post, the Clintonistas were (ARE) scum but they knew how to project themselves in the best possible light when it came to administration scandals. The Bushies need to catch a clue ... and first off dump their incompetent press secretary McClellan.

21 posted on 02/14/2006 8:14:23 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: snugs
One does not govern on PR unless you are Bill Clinton

No ... in the real world of today with instant media political and corporate America ( as well in a majority of countries around the world) ... understand fully the importance of PR and projecting a positive image. Good PR executives today are some of the better paid executives in the corporate world ... in the political world (where they aren't paid as well ... but know if they're good they will more than make it up later in the corporate world) are even more important.

22 posted on 02/14/2006 8:25:04 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: Ellesu

I hope you're a Republican, Raj.


23 posted on 02/14/2006 8:27:42 PM PST by faithincowboys
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To: BluH2o

I do agree with you on Scott McClellan, I am sure even I could do a better job of that than him! After all the hit piece "news" stories about our president I would think the WH would put a "barracuda" type guy in that job.


24 posted on 02/15/2006 3:43:40 AM PST by southernerwithanattitude
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia; Ellesu
Yes, I was born in Alice. It is Jim Wells County, and it was where LBJ's cronies came up with over 250 votes of dead people who voted in aphabethical order. Also, there was a local crook named George B Parr that supported LBJ in this part of Texas that was called "The Duke of Duval." He was very corrupt and finally sent to prison on tax fraud. There was a saying in South Texas that be careful if you ran against Lyndon, that you might be killed. In Alice, a lawyer was killed in his garage one night, who opposed Lyndon.

Ellesu....sounds like LA politics!
25 posted on 02/15/2006 6:42:49 AM PST by LA Woman3
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