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i B- Hinton News Wed. Nov. 25, 1981 "i Ileminiscie This is the conclusion of the i And then, suddenly, he con- story, " God's Gifl To The Little l tinues, the pilot dropped th- People", that was well written  rough the clouds, ann-. and appeared in the Baltimore Pounced hewas going to land in a Sun Magazine dated Sunday, : cow pasture, and buzzed the September 20, 1981. This story', grazing creatures till they got, by Gerri Kobren and photos by out of the way. Ellis J. Malashuk. The child's father was wait- "Little People, he discovered ing with a car, and took him the first time he tried to put the home• " I discovered, " he screws in, do not have the says, laughing now, " that the double layer of skull normaisl best lit place in "any Am,ri- de. "This is not written in the l can .house is the kitchen, and textbooks," he notes. "Can you  the best place in a kitchen is the imagine my feelings when I I table. I have worked on vat- realize I've gone through the l tents on kitchen tables in At- skull?" bany, Phoenix, St. Louis, Ak- But the cast has to go on, so ron, and Orlando." he proceeds carefully. The sc- On occasion, when the casts rews are not set all the way in, and after the patient has gone home to recuperate, they some- could not be reset at home, he's, had to carry his little patients into small - town emergency rooms. "In most eases, " he's found, "hospital personnel are very kind. You say you are from that place called ' the Hopkins', and it opens many doors." Diane Davis was a •general duty nurse at the Hopkins, working on the pediatric orth- opedics floor, when she first met Dr• Kopits. Drawn in like so many others, she started talking to him about the poss- ibility of joining him in his work. The parents of one of l)r. Kopits's patients, grateful for what he had done for their child, picked up the tab for Ms. Davis's extra training as a' nurse practitioner. She takes some of the press- ure off him and the patients by counseling, educating, acting as go - between, doing pre - admission interviews, making travel and overnight arrange- meats for them and their fam-, flies• Patients who fly in from out of town have to fly out again, often in casts that keep their legs spread and prevent their sitting up. They may need four seats on a plane, a van to take . them to the airport and another to take them home, a reclining wheelchair, and someone to talk to when they get low, or seared, or don't kno how to manage. .... times come loose, allowing the halo to slip. "You can't leave the patient that way, and you can't ask anyone local to fix it,"! he says. "You have to go where. the patient is•" The first out - of - town . emergency was in 1972, in Mar-i "hall, Ark. "The child's mother  called me at my office at the Hopkins at 9:30 in the morning,. and said the pins were falling; out. I told her, 'Wrap the head in a towel, I'm coming.' " The only plane that would get him anywhere near Marshall that day was the 11:30 a.m. flight to Memphis, leaving from - National Airport in Washingt- on. "I packed my tools in my VW, drove down the express. way like a bat in hell, and was clocked at the exit by a state trooper. I told him I was a doctor making a house call in Arkansas." At Dr. Koi'ts's pleading, the skeptical'trooper Called a police official on whose child the doctor had operated. The offic- ial vouched for Dr. Kopits, and the trooper led him, with sir- en screaming, down Washing- tea's congested Constitution Avenue, and even parked the car for him at the'airport, "The .phme was almost emp- ty, so the stewardesses put me i tin first class and piled me with' mai - tais. This was a good thing, because when we landed in Memphis a big burly guy met me and said he was going to take me on to Marshall in his two - seat Piper. The door on the passenger side didn't close. I had to hold it the whole way. Without those drinks I would have died of fright." Jumping rnnch Area News Recent visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Crook were their son - in - law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs.-Mason Kimble and children Timothy Andrew and Chance of Worr- ington, Virginia. Mr..and Mrs.. Rueh] R• Me- adows and daughter Miss Mary Meadows returned home last Sunday from a week's vacat- ion in Florida. While there they visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Walker of San- ford, Florida. Mrs. Alvaa Gaydosh, Street er Road, who has been a pat- ient in the Beckley Appalachian Hospital returned home Wed- nesday October 21. She had as visitors in her home her brother and sister - in - law, Rev. and Mrs. Hobert Quesenberry of Alderson. "Robert Richmond of Norfolk, Virginia is spending this week with hi. parents, Mr. and Mrs. Noah Richmond of Jump ir Br- anch and his wife.',]. • vsiting her parents, Mr,-ai Mrs. Leonard Maddy of•ira-' itz. Recent visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Vesker Meadows were Mr.. and Mrs. Isodore Meadows of lcidey_; Mr. and M. za.j.. S,dy sp" ring; Mr'. and Mrs. Jacob Ar- : thur, White Oak. Mrs. Elva Fitzwater of Pr- inceton visited recently her brother and sister - in - law, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Arthur. Mr. and Mrs. Vesker Mead- ows and Vacie Meadows were visitors in Beckley• Ms. Davis travels with the There's a child in Hungary with doctor from the Hopkins, where' 90- degree seoliosis .... I have he takes patients who need the 8 about six people who could be - or 12 - or 14'hour operat- helped, who cannot be helped, .ions, to Children's Hospital, where he operates on those needing shorter procedures, and where he sends all of them for physical therapy. And while she works long, hard hours, she watches him and knows that what she can do is not enough. "I see the wear and tear on him," she says. " He bears the brunt of the res- ponsibility. He goes into surg- ery, and each time be sweats.. • he almost sweats blood. And when he comes out 12 or 11 hours later, he's drained." At Children's Hospital, Mil- dred Hank, a physical therap- ist, has worked with Dr. Kop- its to develop techniques for getting the little people ambul- atory again after their drastic surgeries and long immobiliz- ations. Most of them, no mat- ter where their home towns are, will have to stay for an extended period at the hospital, or return dally as outpatients. So what MS. Hank can do isn't enough either. "Many patients come in from foreign countries," Dr. Kopits says. " and they do not have medical insurance. There's a Morquio man right now in the Dominican Republic; to take care of him would cost $50, 000. 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I could donate my services. I have donated my services - but the hospitals still have to be paid." There are insured Americans who also cannot be helped be- came they live too far away, and they cannot afford the coast - to - coast air fares or the long disruptions for convales- cence and physical therapy in Baltimore. And even though dwarves in remote places are beginning to hear of Dr. Kopits through their contact with each other, or, as recently happened, through a WJZ" Evening Magazine" seg- ment that was telecast on other Group W stations across the country, there are still some who are not helped because they don't know help is av- ailable. So even what Dr. Kopits can do is not enough• The book is his own cush- ion of hope. He hasn't got all the data he needs for it, but he's close, he sas, he likens what dden, it explodesl It multip- research , help indigent pat- lies! You begin to fill in the iientsand pay the salaries of the gaps." people wr}rking with him on the He stands now at the brink of textbook, a t'oundaliol called what he calls " a historic the Little Peopie' Research moment", the point at which Fund has been c;ablished. the knowledge is about to be with offices at Children's Hos- disseminated so patients need ipital. Tax - deductible con{ri- ,not travel away from home to butions may be mailed to lt; ifind their hlp. " I don't think fund at P O. ox :1032, Bal- another doctor will get to see timore, Md 21 228." DEVELOPED & PRINTED COLOR FILM* PHOTO PROCESSING 911120 € I '49P9 36|XP" Film left for processing week of Nov, 23 thru 29, 1981 "And tacnFQt,b; e Proce5, C4) hires tly Pr0£e',L C.'20nd/k 400 lilm: ligbll ¥ mote JUMBO CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAP ZO INCN WIDTH/till AID PAPER -,,.O,o,, 149 22 S0. FT. OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS LIGHT SET AQUA- FRESH STE SET OF 35 /, "" COLLECTION RITE AID '",":,?' ... 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And then all of a su- 700 dwarves in his lifetime " says Dr. Kopits, " but he wili be able to look at the book and say: 'Kopits did this, but now I have a better idea!' " "To support Dr, Kopits's f I I II I 00hristmas Gift Headquarters