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Page 10--Tuesday, August 4, 1981-The Michigan Daily
Jim Brady suffers
'grand mat' seizure

WASHINGTON (AP)-White House
press secretary James Brady suffered
a major seizure yesterday, a new and
worrisome side effect of the head
wound he suffered in the assassination
attempt on President Reagan March 30.
The "grand mal" seizure struck
Brady shortly after he had breakfast in
his George Washington University
Hospital room, deputy press secretary
Larry Speakes said.
DOCTORS immediately treated him
with intravenous medication and
anesthesia, Speakes said.
At midafternoon, physicians at the
hospital reported Brady was still under
anesthesia, a statement issued by the
White House said. The statement added
that he was being monitored constantly
by electroencephalograph, an elec-
tronic device which monitors brain
waves.
Brady's vital signs were reported to
be normal at midafternoon.
SUCH SEIZURES are "not exactly
unexpected in cases of this type,"
Speakes quoted Dr. Daniel Ruge, the
White House physician, as saying.
This seizure may be only the first of a
series that could trouble Brady for the
rest of his life, Speakes said.
A neurosurgeon not connected with
the case said such seizures are common
with injury to the frontal lobe of the
brain, as suffered by Brady. If a series

of such seizures should follow, this
could mean post-trauma epilepsy, he
said.
THE SURGEON, who asked not to be
identified, said this form of epilepsy
can be controlled by drugs and has a
good remission rate. Richard Ellis, a
public relations representative at the
hospital, described the seizure as a
"sudden loss of consciousness im-
mediately followed by a generalized
convulsion."
Ellis said a brain scan did not show a
cause for the seizure but did show con-
tinued healing of Brady's brain
damage. He said the seizure's impact
on Brady could not yet be assessed.
SPEAKES SAID that such a seizure
does not necessarily leave any
noticeable effects.
He said the seizure would probably
require the hospital physicians to alter
Brady's anti-seizure medication. This
had been done in the past, and Brady
was being given a third type of anti-
seizure medicine when the attack oc-
curred.
Until the seizure, Brady's recovery
had been described as "steady and non-
eventful."
He had recently been fitted with a
brace and had taken his first steps in
physical therapy. Doctors have said
that Brady, when recovered, might be
able to walk with the aide of a cane.

Iotelblaze
Maintenance crews at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City work to clean
up the mess left by an early morning fire yesterday. About 100 people were
safely evacuated from their rooms after a television in an occupied room
burst into flames.
Philadelphia Bulletin

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FromAP and UPI
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ow Star
folly," N.S. Hayden, Bulletin president
No weeks and publisher, told union leaders and
ounced it employees at two hastily called
oucedtit meetings.
Bulletin He disclosed that the 147-year-old
d largest daily, which has a daily circulation of
terday it 412,268, lost $13.4 million in 1980 and
tniest its $10.3 million in the first six months of
totalling this year.
"I know you will agree that this is a
cifically trend that cannot be continued,"
illion in Hayden said in prepared remarks
ntracts. distributed to 1,901 employees, of whom
have is 879 are represented by seven different
unions.
THE BULLETIN is owned by Charter
Co., an oil, insurance and com-
munications firm based in Jackson-
ville, Fla., which took control over a
year ago and immediately laid off 125
non-union workers and instituted other
cost-saving measures.
"Quite frankly, however, what we
have done and what we are doing is not
working," Hayden said.
Tom McMorrow, vice president of in-
vestor relations for Charter Co., said
the unions can come up with any
methods they want to cut costs.
"Cost-cutting programs which we put
into effect.. . amounted to savings of
about $3 million for 1981, but, due to in-
flation, contractural wage increases,
and other circumstances completely
beyond our control. . . we entered $98$
$1.8 million in the hole," Hayden said.
"The Charter Co. is prepared to in-
vest up to $30 million for capital and
operating expenses," he said. "If all
goes as planned the Bulletin should be
profitable in 1984. If we did not think we
could achieve this we would sirpplyshut
the doors today."

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