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Sun Prairie police to host alcohol safety program

Sun Prairie police to host alcohol safety program

The Sun Prairie Police Department is hosting an alcohol traffic safety program at the Preforming Arts Center of Sun Prairie High School.

The seminar on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. will focus on the health and safety risks of teen drinking and driving.

The program will also have a guest speaker who lost her daughter to a crash involving alcohol.

Reservations are encouraged. Contact Brian Dean at 608-834-6728 to declare the number of people attending.

Cardiac arrest survivor wants others to learn life-saving skill

Cardiac arrest survivor wants others to learn life-saving skill

Survivor: '[I was] clinically dead, and I was that way for 20 minutes'   

Sudden cardiac arrest kills 1,000 people a day in the U.S., which is roughly one person every two minutes.  Would you know what to do if you saw someone collapse in front of you?

Channel3000.com and WISC-TV are proud to partner with St. Mary’s Hospital on Saturday for Hands on Hearts -- a community-wide event offering free compression-only CPR .

COCPR is a hands-only technique to help those in sudden cardiac arrest. The constant compressions are performed 100 times a minute to the center of a patient's chest. The compressions keep oxygen-rich blood flowing to the heart and brain. Mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths are not needed.

When compression-only CPR is used on a victim of cardiac arrest, the chance of surviving increases greatly.

Natatorium closed during spring break

Facility to reopen April 1, director says   

The community-run Sun Prairie swimming facility will be closed during spring break, an official said.

Natatorium Director Angie Lucas said the Natatorium will close for eight days for maintenance through April 1, according to an e-mail message. The facility closed last Friday and staff are not available during the hiatus.

State offers safety reminders for daylight saving

State offers safety reminders for daylight saving

It's almost time to spring forward, and Wisconsin officials are using the occasion to remind residents about home safety.

Daylight saving time begins Sunday, when Wisconsinites will set the clocks ahead one hour. Safety officials said the event marks a convenient reminder to do annual checks.

For example:

  • Consider replacing the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
  • If you don't have an emergency kit at home, now's the time to get one
  • If you do have an emergency kit, put fresh batteries in the flashlight and make sure the food, water and first-aid kit are all in good condition

The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs has additional safety tips on its website.

Medical costs high for Sun Prairie tot with stomach disorder

Boy, 23 months old, requires around-the-clock care    

The family and friends of a Sun Prairie tot with a mysterious digestive disorder will hold a benefit for his medical expenses on Jan. 26.

Kellan Meinke, 23 months, has been suffering from stomach and intestinal tract problems since he was 2 weeks old. His parents Jesse and Vanessa Meinke said they spent most of the summer and fall of 2012 at the Children’s Hospital with Kellan, where he has to have his stomach emptied via tube daily and is fed through a tube to his heart.

The cost to care for Kellan is high; dad Jesse receives medical benefits through his service in the Army National Guard, but equipment, medicines, a suction machine, medical crib and other expenses are not covered.

A benefit to cover his medical expenses is set for Jan. 26 at The Round Table in Sun Prairie.

Sun Prairie boy with rare disease gets breakthrough treatment

Sun Prairie boy with rare disease gets breakthrough treatment

A Sun Prairie boy suffering from a rare and painful skin disease is undergoing breakthrough treatment in Minneapolis, in hopes of finding a new life.

One in half a million are born with epidermolysis bullosa, or EB, but the potential path to freedom from a lifetime of pain may be just across state lines.

"Alright, ready?" asked physical therapist Kate Ward, helping a patient onto a special needs bicycle. "Do you want a little help getting on?"

On a path primed for wheelies, Eleafar Xelhua-Romero's greatest trick may simply be hanging on.

"Just imagine the last time you had a burn," said Dr. Jakub Tolar with the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital Department Of Pediatrics. "Just a small burn on your finger. It bothered you for a week, right? These kids live in a phenomenally larger pain all the time."

"Children that are born with this disease, they know on the first day of their lives because their skin peels off," said Tolar.

Officials see increase in whooping cough cases


Whooping cough cases are increasing in Wisconsin, and health officials are urging people to make sure their vaccinations are up to date.

Since the start of the year, state health officials have investigated nearly 3,500 cases. That's about 11 cases for every 100,000 people.

People who don't have school-aged children may not be thinking about immunizations, but doctors said they should be.

"Everybody sees it as I saw it before I had it as an adult -- that it's a childhood disease and it doesn't happen to adults," said Maxine Dwyer, a nurse at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, who has had two bouts with whooping cough. 

"This is the (cough) that sounds like it's coming from your toes. It's deep and it goes on and on and on to the point you feel like you may not be able to catch your next breath," Dwyer said.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the highest instances are in Dane County.