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Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Tue, 8th Apr '08 7:59 PM


On tomorrow:

Don't Miss It


Koota  (Level: 189.1 - Posts: 2120)
Tue, 8th Apr '08 8:19 PM

I saw an article about Randy Pausch in the Reader's Digest. I agree that his story is intriguing!

Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Tue, 8th Apr '08 9:53 PM

He's really quite brave. All the media attention means nothing to him now since he's going to die and he knows it. The legacy he's leaving his children is immeasurable. The pride they can feel and the lessons they can learn from a man who won't watch them grow up will go on all their lives and into their children's lives. You can't watch the video and not feel inspired. NO apologies to anyone who thinks that sounds sappy...

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Wed, 9th Apr '08 12:17 AM

Diva305  (Level: 153.5 - Posts: 1656)
Wed, 9th Apr '08 12:15 PM

Thanks Chick
I also read it in Readers Digest

Now THIS story blew me away! Ya just never know............

Head trauma killed woman struck by eagle ray

The Associated Press and Miami Herald

Friday, March 21, 2008

MARATHON — A medical examiner says a boater died from head trauma from a 75-pound spotted eagle ray that jumped out of the water in the Florida Keys.

Judy Kay Zagorski was sitting in the front seat of a boat traveling 25 mph on Thursday when she was struck in the face.

The coroner's initial examination has determined the 57-year-old Michigan woman died from the impact with the eagle ray. The family requested that no autopsy be performed.

Authorities say Zagorski was not stung by the ray's barb. Wildlife officials say such deaths are extremely rare.

Officials of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say they can't remember a similar accident in the Keys happening in at least 20 years.

"It's so unusual, so rare, so bizarre," FWC spokesman Jorge Pino said. "We see them jump out of the water all the time, but [have] never seen them impact a human being or cause a death.

"She was just at the wrong place at the wrong time."

Spotted eagle rays are capable of leaping completely out of the water when pursued or trying to shake off scavenger fish that attach themselves to the ray.

This ray, which died from being out of the water too long, had a remora - known as a suckerfish - attached to its fin.

The rays swim gracefully through the water via the undulation of the pectoral fins.


"They naturally jump out of the water, like porpoises do," Dube said. "It's natural to them and quite spectacular to watch."

Investigators said Zagorski had injuries to her face and head. They did not find evidence she was pierced by the ray's toxic barb.

"To lose a child just leaves the parents numb," said neighbor Marcia Corcoran, who knew the family from their annual visits to Marathon. "I can hardly believe it myself."

The Michigan family left the dock of their pink rented house on Fifth Avenue Ocean in Marathon just before 10 a.m. They were traveling on a rented 25-foot fishing boat to the deeper waters of the Atlantic Ocean via the Key Colony Beach Channel near Vaca Cut.

The boat was traveling about 25 miles an hour when the ray jumped into the air and on board. The ray struck both sisters, who were sitting in front of the console.

Zagorski's sister suffered a bad bruise, and she was treated and released from Fishermen's Hospital.

Investigators say the force of the ray likely caused Zagorski to hit her head, possibly on a metal rail on the side of the boat.

"There was a lot of blood on the boat," FWC spokesperson Bobby Dube said.

CPR was performed while Zagorski's father drove the boat to a dock just a block from their vacation rental. Neighbor Jim Corcoran called 911 and said rescue emergency personnel arrived within minutes.

But it was too late.

Zagorski, wearing a bathing suit and her wedding ring, was already dead.

Her husband, Steve, had died in 2005 at age 53.

At the time of the accident, a third sister was on a plane to join the family, unaware of what had happened.

Corcoran said the spotted eagle ray was so big it took up about half of the front of the boat.

Rictic  (Level: 145.8 - Posts: 90)
Wed, 9th Apr '08 5:20 PM

Karen and I had never heard heard of Randy Pausch, so we watched the full lecture.

What an inspirational guy....We both enjoyed watching and listening to him, and would have liked to have been to one of his lectures in person.

A great loss to all.

Diva305  (Level: 153.5 - Posts: 1656)
Wed, 9th Apr '08 5:21 PM

He died??????

I thought he was in recovery!

Diva305  (Level: 153.5 - Posts: 1656)
Wed, 9th Apr '08 5:23 PM

April 9, 2008: Getting Ready for Next Step
Well, I'm not quite back on the bike, but I'm healthy enough to travel and move forward with treatment. Tomorrow I'm spending the day at the University of Maryland being evaluted to see if I am a candidate for the Theraspheres treatment.

Basically, it's a process where a large number of tiny (thinner than human hair) spheres are irradiated with Yittrium-90 and then squirted into the artery that feeds the liver. They preferentially go towards tumors (counter-intuitive, but true), and both block blood flow to the tumors and irradiate them.

Pancreatic cancer-the worst~real fast!

Diva305  (Level: 153.5 - Posts: 1656)
Wed, 9th Apr '08 5:35 PM

Rictic  (Level: 145.8 - Posts: 90)
Wed, 9th Apr '08 6:05 PM

Apologies....My mistake, I thought the video was older than it was, and stupidly assumed the inevitable.

Bobbsey  (Level: 158.8 - Posts: 251)
Fri, 16th May '08 12:34 AM

thanks for the post diva

Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Fri, 16th May '08 6:16 PM

I see has written a book.

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