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May 3, 2005
A trust has been established to help pay medical costs for Glenn Morton, the Orange Coast College men's tennis coach who remains in a coma after a head-on car accident Wednesday. Brian Morton, Glenn's son and a senior tennis standout at UC Irvine, said those interested in contributing funds may call (714) 356-6540 for information. Brian Morton said his father remained in an induced coma Monday in the intensive care unit at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. He is in critical condition.
NEWS
October 9, 1999
FRESNO - J.W. Mitchell of Newport Beach remains in critical condition at a Fresno hospital after a racing accident last week, according to the University Medical Center in Fresno. Mitchell, 56, suffered serious head injuries after colliding with another car and hitting a retaining wall during a midget-car race at Kings Speedway in Hanford. Mitchell was taken to University Medical Center where he has remained in a coma for several days. A UMC spokesperson could not confirm if Mitchell is still in a coma, only that he is in the intensive care unit at the hospital and is in critical condition.
NEWS
August 25, 2002
In just four years of life, Costa Mesa resident Leilani Gutierrez has been through far too much. But Leilani has support -- a lot of it. The Costa Mesa toddler suffered major head and chest injuries in a traffic accident May 12 -- Mother's Day, of all days -- and fell into a coma. Less than a week later, Newport Beach resident Amanda Arthur, who just five years ago was in a traffic collision that left her with a permanent brain injury, rushed to Leilani's hospital bedside to support her. This month, two events have been held to raise money for Leilani, who woke from her coma paralyzed.
NEWS
April 30, 2005
Orange Coast College men's tennis coach Glenn Morton, injured in a head-on car accident Wednesday, was in an induced coma in the intensive care unit of Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, his ex-wife Laura said Friday. "He's in critical condition," Laura Morton said. She said Morton, 49, was unconscious when he arrived at the hospital and doctors induced a coma in order to reduce swelling in his brain. Laura Morton said he has no broken bones and only minor bruises and was moving his extremities Friday.
NEWS
April 6, 2011
A 24-year-old pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of attacking and critically injuring a Marine outside a Costa Mesa nightclub, according to court records. Mark Allen Vasquez of Pico Rivera appeared in the Harbor Justice Center and pleaded not guilty to felony charges of battery with serious bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, according to court records. Vasquez also faces additional enhancements for inflicting great bodily harm and causing great bodily injury of a coma or paralysis.
NEWS
August 17, 2002
June Casagrande Leilani Gutierrez emerged from her coma into a world she never knew existed -- one where her dream of riding ponies is now much farther out of reach, one where simple functions like walking and talking can no longer be taken for granted. Though the Gutierrez family and the whole community breathed a sigh of relief when the Costa Mesa 4-year-old emerged from her coma, the news still can't be called good. Leilani was rendered a quadriplegic by an auto collision on Mother's Day. Her life and that of her mother, June Gutierrez, are changed forever.
NEWS
June 15, 2002
Deepa Bharath COSTA MESA -- Amanda Arthur knew all along that things were going to work out for 4-year-old Leilani Gutierrez. Leilani had gone into a coma after she suffered serious chest and head injuries in a traffic accident on May 12 -- much like 22-year-old Arthur, who was in a coma for three months after a devastating accident five years ago that almost took her life. That is why Arthur took it upon herself to help the little Costa Mesa girl, to rally community support and aid for her. A few days ago, Arthur was delighted to see the girl take her first baby step toward recovery when she opened her eyes and tried to mouth a few words.
NEWS
September 7, 2003
The name Leilani Gutierrez has appeared numerous times in the Daily Pilot as well as, I suspect, in our thoughts and prayers. We have done stories on her involvement in a tragic car accident, the ensuing coma, her recovery and paralysis and how the community has rallied around this little girl. While, for many of us, our hearts went out to Leilani and her family; she still remained a name typed in ink on newsprint. So when I saw photographer Kent Treptow's photo of Leilani on her first day of school at Newport Heights School, with a big smile across her face, I knew this photo would show our community just who this girl is. I look forward to seeing more photos of Leilani in the newspaper in the future, as I'm sure she will continue to amaze us with her accomplishments.
NEWS
June 7, 2005
Glenn Morton, the Orange Coast College men's tennis coach who was critically injured in a head-on car accident April 27, is out of his coma and improving slowly, his son, Brian Morton, said. "He is making progress every day," Brian Morton said of his father, who remains at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, but will be moved, possibly as soon as this week, to a rehabilitation center. The younger Morton, said his dad came out of an induced coma in late May, but the extent from which he will recover from trauma to his brain is still unknown.
FEATURES
By Alicia Robinson | December 28, 2006
"Miracles happen" is a motto for Amanda Edwards' family — and with good reason. In May of 1997, when Amanda was a Newport Harbor High School student, she was riding in a Chevy Blazer with nine friends when it flipped over at a dangerous curve on Irvine Avenue. She was seriously injured and spent nearly three months in a coma. Today, although Edwards never completely rehabilitated from the accident, she's happily married and just gave birth to her first child, a daughter she calls a miracle.
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NEWS
April 6, 2011
A 24-year-old pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of attacking and critically injuring a Marine outside a Costa Mesa nightclub, according to court records. Mark Allen Vasquez of Pico Rivera appeared in the Harbor Justice Center and pleaded not guilty to felony charges of battery with serious bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, according to court records. Vasquez also faces additional enhancements for inflicting great bodily harm and causing great bodily injury of a coma or paralysis.
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BUSINESS
By Michael Miller | October 19, 2007
Art Gronsky, a longtime member of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and community volunteer, is in a coma in an Alaska hospital, a chamber official announced at a public function Thursday evening. Bill Rhinesmith, who serves on the chamber’s board of directors and is a member of its Commodores Club, mentioned Gronsky’s illness during an invocation at the 10th annual Newport Beach Fire and Lifeguard Appreciation Beach Party at the Newport Dunes Resort. Earlier in the day, word had spread among some in the community that Gronsky was not well, and a spokeswoman for Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage confirmed that he was being treated there.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | July 13, 2007
A motorcyclist involved in a high-speed collision July 1 on Fairview Road has died after 10 days in the hospital in a medically induced coma, authorities said Wednesday. Wesley Estes, 34, of Garden Grove, was pronounced dead at 5:03 p.m. Tuesday at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where friends and relatives had kept an around-the-clock vigil since the accident nearly two weeks ago. An autopsy on Wednesday found the cause of death to be blunt force trauma as a result of the collision.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | June 20, 2007
A Costa Mesa man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday for a road rage incident that left a father of three with permanent brain damage. Morteza Bakhtiari, 27, expressed sorrow for his actions and asked for forgiveness during the trial, the Orange County District Attorney's Office said. In April, he was convicted of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, felony hit and run with injury, hit and run with property damage and falsely reporting a crime.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | March 14, 2007
An anonymous tip led Newport Beach police to the arrest of a man suspected of hitting a bicyclist with his van, leaving the man comatose in the hospital for a week, police said Tuesday. The tip led police to a 2001 white Toyota Previa minivan, registered to Thomas Trong Ngo, 57, of Santa Ana. Ngo, a Los Angeles Times deliveryman, was arrested Monday night at his Santa Ana home, police said. Police were called about the accident at about 6:20 a.m. March 7. When officers arrived, they found Jon Robert Vansenus, 44, of Santa Ana unconscious in the bushes on Dover Drive between Cliff Drive and 16th Street.
FEATURES
By Alicia Robinson | December 28, 2006
"Miracles happen" is a motto for Amanda Edwards' family — and with good reason. In May of 1997, when Amanda was a Newport Harbor High School student, she was riding in a Chevy Blazer with nine friends when it flipped over at a dangerous curve on Irvine Avenue. She was seriously injured and spent nearly three months in a coma. Today, although Edwards never completely rehabilitated from the accident, she's happily married and just gave birth to her first child, a daughter she calls a miracle.
NEWS
By Lauren Vane | March 23, 2006
An Orange Coast College freshman, who underwent a liver transplant at 14 and received a diseased organ, has died of injuries he received in a car accident. Nicholas Russell, 18, was on his was to meet family for dinner March 11 when he was rear-ended in Stanton, said family friend Christine Martin. Russell was hospitalized at Kaiser Permanente in Anaheim Hills, where he underwent brain surgery after the accident. He remained in a coma for a week and died Saturday, Martin said.
NEWS
June 7, 2005
Glenn Morton, the Orange Coast College men's tennis coach who was critically injured in a head-on car accident April 27, is out of his coma and improving slowly, his son, Brian Morton, said. "He is making progress every day," Brian Morton said of his father, who remains at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, but will be moved, possibly as soon as this week, to a rehabilitation center. The younger Morton, said his dad came out of an induced coma in late May, but the extent from which he will recover from trauma to his brain is still unknown.
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