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    Hospital donates breast surgery to patient

    BY COURTENAY EDELHART The Bakersfield Californian
    Thursday, Mar 26 2015 05:34 PM

    Sarah Smith isn't a breast cancer survivor, but she feels a great deal of empathy for women disfigured by the disease. She knows what it feels like to live without a breast.

    On Thursday, the Bakersfield mother of four underwent surgery, not to reconstruct a breast removed surgically, but to construct one that was never there. Smith, 37, suffers from hypomastia, a medical condition in which one or both breasts fail to develop fully, or at all, at puberty.

    Bakersfield Memorial Hospital performed Smith's surgery for free after she wrote a heartfelt letter about her condition as part of a bra decorating contest for Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, which was Oct. 15.

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    Cancer center to announce expansion

    An expansion of services at Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center on Truxtun Avenue will be announced Tuesday, both for patients undergoing treatment and the increasing number who are surviving their illnesses. CBCC and partner Dignity...

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    Boy battles rare disorder usually found in girls

    Braylon Galloway is 5 years old, but functions almost like an infant. He can't talk, so he communicates with non-verbal vocalizations such as whining. His vision is impaired. And his low muscle tone and seriously hampered motor skills...

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    'Unsung heroes' of emergency medical services are recognized

    Two emergency medical service providers who know first-hand what it's like to be in an accident are among six local people the California Ambulance Association will honor at a ceremony in Sacramento on Monday. The trade association honors...

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    ASK EMILY: Obamacare's tax-time lessons

    Another in a series of Q&A columns answering consumers' questions about the Affordable Care Act. The second round of Obamacare open enrollment is over, but your paperwork may not be. It's tax time. And as I suspected, this is shaping...

  6. Kern heath safety net scores well in new study

    A new study that looks at health care safety nets after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act generally praises Kern County's indigent care, but calls on all counties to do more to provide services to undocumented immigrants....


    KMC looking to replace 'class of the 1970s' physicians

    Kern Medical Center is working with mixed success to bring more doctors to Bakersfield. Russell Judd, the CEO of the county-owned hospital, told Kern County supervisors that Kern continues to be troubled by a chronic lack of physicians -—...

  8. Local woman wins $5.7 million in lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson

    A jury returned a $5.7 million verdict Thursday in favor of a 50-year-old Tehachapi woman who had sued Johnson & Johnson and a subsidiary over a medical device that has generated a slew of similar lawsuits nationwide. "I'm super grateful,...

  9. Clinica Sierra Vista opens site in northeast Bakersfield

    Clinica Sierra Vista has opened a new clinic in northeast Bakersfield and will hold a grand opening event Friday to celebrate. The 14,000-square-foot East Niles Community Health Center has been up and running since Feb. 2, when there was...

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    ASK EMILY: Small business exchange offline and off target

    Another in a series of Q&A columns answering consumers' questions about the Affordable Care Act. California has been hailed as a national leader in implementing Obamacare, enrolling about 4 million people into Medi-Cal and Covered...

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    Safety net hospitals hit hardest by Medicare fines

    Hospitals that treat California's poorest patients, including local ones, are faring badly under the Affordable Care Act's drive to improve quality. Under ACA authority, Medicare is imposing fines on safety net hospitals at twice the rate...

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    Bakersfield boy's tumor could live on in medical research

    Nathan Street's parents were devastated when they were told early last year that the cause of their little boy's mysterious new crossed eye was an inoperable, malignant brain tumor. It was Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG. That's...

  13. Potential multimillion dollar mesh trial goes to jury

    A jury of three women and nine men began deliberating late Thursday in a transvaginal mesh trial brought by a Bakersfield woman and her husband, a case that has garnered national attention. Coleen Perry, 52, of Bakersfield, filed a...

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