Saturday, May 25 2013 10:49 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:49:43 GMT
Scattered showers make for a less than ideal Indianapolis 500 forecast. Confidence is high on rain to be on Live Doppler 13 Radar during the race… but there is a great deal of uncertainty on whether showersMore >>
Confidence is high on rain to be on Live Doppler 13 Radar during the race, but there is a great deal of uncertainty on whether showers will move over the track.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 8:48 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:48:38 GMT
Kyle Busch dominated at Charlotte Motor Speedway again Saturday, racing to his sixth Nationwide Series victory of the season and record seventh career win at the track. Ten years and a day after his NationwideMore >>
Kyle Busch dominated at Charlotte Motor Speedway again Saturday, racing to his sixth Nationwide Series victory of the season and record seventh career win at the track.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 8:40 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:40:27 GMT
About 35 runners from the Midwest who were unable to finish the Boston Marathon last month because of the bombings will run about a half mile on the track immediately before the start of the IndianapolisMore >>
About 35 runners from the Midwest who were unable to finish the Boston Marathon last month because of the bombings will run about a half mile on the track immediately before the start of the Indianapolis 500.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:09:39 GMT
A 22-year-old sprint car driver died has died after a crash at the Bloomington Speedway. Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer told The Herald-Times that 22-year-old Joshua Burton of Bloomington died atMore >>
A 22-year-old sprint car driver died has died after a crash at the Bloomington Speedway.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:05 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:05:14 GMT
An Indiana man is dead after the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a car near the National Mall in Washington. D.C. police say the collision occurred late Friday night at the intersection of 23rdMore >>
An Indiana man is dead after the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a car near the National Mall in Washington.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:02 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:02:27 GMT
The National Park Service is reminding people who plan to head to the shores of Lake Michigan as the summer season begins that water conditions can change quickly from calm and inviting to rough and dangerousMore >>
National Park Service is reminding people who plan to head to the shores of Lake Michigan as the summer season begins that water conditions can change quickly.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:58:35 GMT
The Evansville police chief is recommending an officer accused of battery against a student while working off-duty at a school be either suspended or fired. The Evansville Courier & Press reports ChiefMore >>
The Evansville police chief is recommending an officer accused of battery against a student while working off-duty at a school be either suspended or fired.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:46 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:46:57 GMT
A former central Indiana coroner who pleaded guilty to driving drunk is suing a former prosecutor from an adjoining county, alleging he provided incompetent counsel that kept her from running for re-election. TheMore >>
A former central Indiana coroner who pleaded guilty to driving drunk is suing a former prosecutor from an adjoining county.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:41 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:41:11 GMT
The force is with the Indiana State Museum. The Indianapolis Star reports an exhibition called "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" opened at the museum this weekend. The exhibit lets visitorsMore >>
The force is with the Indiana State Museum.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 5:56 PM EDT2013-05-25 21:56:46 GMT
A co-founder of a group that seeks to promote cycling as a safe form of transportation says the death of a 62-year-old man earlier this month highlights the need of cyclists and motorists to share road. AaronMore >>
A co-founder of a group that seeks to promote cycling as a safe form of transportation says the death of a 62-year-old man earlier this month highlights the need of cyclists and motorists to share road.More >>
INDIANAPOLIS - Nearly one in three Hoosiers is obese, costing taxpayers billions of dollars and putting life-saving companies and their patients at odds.
13 Investigates recently got rare access inside a delicate health dilemma, one so new, the state and ambulance companies are struggling to keep up, sometimes leaving lives in the balance.
Fighting for her life, within the confines of her apartment walls, a young woman's survival weighs in the balance of two worlds.
One you can't see.
"I'm not ready to die yet. Without my chemo, I'm not going to make it," said the woman, Trisha, lying in a large hospital bed.
The other, you can't miss.
"I'm 5'1". Right now, I'm about 664 [pounds]," she added.
Trisha is morbidly obese and confined, most days, to her bed. She doesn't want her face shown, saying it's the only dignity she has left. Her weight has been a problem all of her life. She now suffers from thyroid problems, along with a host of other health problems.
But she never imagined this.
"Having to sit here everyday and worrying if I'm going to die because I can't get to my appointments," said Trisha.
She's missing cancer treatments, because ambulance companies can't or won't transport her. They say it's risky, she's too big. Even special equipment can't guarantee a ride.
EMTs at Eaton Ambulance have four battery-powered bariatric cots in their fleet. The cots are designed to carry most patients up to 700 pounds. The company is dealing with a growing number of morbidly obese patients. The company's operations manager can't talk about them specifically.
"Has there ever been a time when you guys have had to turn somebody away?," asked 13 Investigates.
"Yeah. There actually has been. Our cots were wide enough for the patient to fit on, but not strong enough to carry this patient," admitted Dustin Reese, the operations manager for Eaton EMTs.
He says the super-sized cots are used everyday.
In fact, the state estimates it costs taxpayers $1.9 billion a year to treat obese patients. It's forcing ambulance companies like Eaton to make hard-line decisions.
Either strain their budgets...
"It's very expensive. Just one of these cots alone is $10,000," said Reese.
...strain their bodies...
"You've got one guy at each end. If somebody hurts their back, that puts an EMT out of service for who knows how long?" added Timothy Stapleton, an EMT with Eaton.
...or simply turn patients away.
That's what happened to Trisha, who experienced a series of humiliating breaks to both equipment and employees trying to give her a lift.
"The cot literally, practically folded in half, with me on it. The whole back, the hydraulic thing in the back had collapsed," she said describing those frightening moments.
Another time, she was nearly dropped.
"One of the employees at the nursing home got his arm broke trying to save me," she told 13 Investigates.
With no where else to turn, Trisha invites us in, giving us extraordinary access.
13 Investigates placed cameras around her room to get an honest account of what happens during transport. Her fiancee knows the routine, attaching straps underneath her sheets. A mechanical hoist lifts Trisha up.
It's her last ambulance ride for now. A one time deal, to get her to a doctor's appointment.
"What do you say to those people who might say, 'Well, you're in the situation you are in because of the weight and the problems that that creates for your body?" 13 Investigates asked Trisha, who says she's on a strict diet and doing exercises in her bed.
"I should not have to die now. Anybody obese that needs the help should be able to get the help," she responded.
With cameras rolling, no one can predict how it will end. Three ambulance crews back up outside. The six-member team must find the safest way to strap Trisha in and get her through the door.
"Hold on...hold on...hold on," Trisha yelled out as her leg brushed against the door.
It takes more than 40 minutes to get her out of the house and loaded. The first attempt fails. With compassion, the crew rebalances. This time, she's in.
No question, these difficult transports demand more time and resources. Many fire departments across the state are limiting lift assistance for patients - except in life and death situations.
Eaton Ambulance can't afford to tie up extra crews, it's also responsible for emergency calls.
"I can't send all my trucks out to be transports and leave our hometown uncovered for somebody having a heart attack up the road," explained Reese.
Still, the government says patients like Trisha are entitled access to medical treatment and transportation. The problem is, the government can't guarantee how they get it.
"Are (ambulance companies) allowed to refuse service to these people?" 13 Investigates asked.
"Well, we're very limited in what we can and cannot regulate with what these companies do. We pay them for the services they provide. It's up to them to decide what services they want to provide," said Marcus Barlow, spokesman for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.
Now back home from her check up, Trisha is left to face the uncertainty of getting life-saving chemotherapy.
"I'm not going to quit now. I need help. Somebody's got to help me," Trisha said through tears.
St. John's Hospital says it was successful in helping Trisha get transportation for her radiation treatments. According to Trisha, future rides have not been scheduled for chemotherapy.
The ambulance companies say the state isn't helping to offset the cost of bariatric equipment. Companies are reimbursed the same amount for a 600-pound patient as for a six-pound baby.
Update from reporter Sandra Chapman:
We appreciate all of our viewer feedback. It is a given that the patient in our story has some very serious personal challenges.
She is morbidly obese. But she is not alone, and our obesity rate in Indiana is growing. The goal was to provide a look into this dilemma since it's already costing the State $1.9 Billion dollars in treatment.
We only hope that as a community, we can get past the name calling and other degrading comments to try to figure out how to address the costs, the resource issues, and yes the humanity of the response. Also just to be clear, the footage was shot just over a month ago. We understand there have been emergency hospital visits that required transport. Thanks and stay tuned.
Saturday, May 25 2013 5:53 AM EDT2013-05-25 09:53:25 GMT
An Elwood High School baseball coach is under investigation for touching one of his players. The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports that Elwood Police Chief Sam Hanna confirmed that Charles "Chuck" Everson,More >>
An Elwood High School baseball coach is under investigation for touching one of his players. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:19:14 GMT
Police are seeking criminal charges against two missing campers who were found on the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury. Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19More >>
Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19 and 20, were found Wednesday after a ground and air search for several hours by police officers and soldiers of the Atterbury grounds near Edinburgh.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:10 AM EDT2013-05-25 15:10:36 GMT
The new state budget that increases funding for schools the next two years won't benefit every Indiana school district. Terry Spradlin of Indiana University's Center for Evaluation and Education PolicyMore >>
The new state budget that increases funding for schools the next two years won't benefit every Indiana school district.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:04 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:04:40 GMT
Two people are in custody after an incident where an IMPD officer fired his duty weapon. Police say officers were investigating an incident in the 3200 block of Boulevard Place when a suspect failed toMore >>
Two people are in custody after an incident where an IMPD officer fired his duty weapon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:55 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:55:55 GMT
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate. Rodney Vawter has owned the personalized Fraternal Order of Police license plate "0INK" for the past three years. A class actionMore >>
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate after it was revoked by the BMV.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:56 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:56:19 GMT
A female pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the northeast side of Indianapolis. The woman was hit on E. 34th Street, between Gladstone and Colorado, around 9:45 p.m. Friday.More >>
A female pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the northeast side of Indianapolis.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 1:44 PM EDT2013-05-25 17:44:05 GMT
An anthropologist at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is drawing interest from media worldwide for his expedition in July to Australia to study how some 1,000-year-old coins ended up onMore >>
An anthropologist at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is drawing interest from media worldwide for his expedition in July to Australia to study how some 1,000-year-old coins ended up on a remote beach there.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:45 PM EDT2013-05-25 16:45:20 GMT
Floats and bands are beginning to line the streets Saturday morning for the 2013 IPL 500 Festival Parade. Eight of the 12 floats scheduled to appear in the parade were judged Thursday evening. The 2013More >>
More than 300,000 spectators are expected to line the two-mile parade route to see the 33 starting drivers of the 2013 Indianapolis 500®, more than 80 specialty units, floats, marching bands and giant inflatable balloons.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 2:42 PM EDT2013-05-25 18:42:48 GMT
Authorities say three men from eastern Indiana were killed in a head-on crash along a northern Indiana highway. The LaGrange County Sheriff's Department says 21-year-old Dwayne Davis of Parker City, 19-year-oldMore >>
Authorities say three men from eastern Indiana were killed in a head-on crash along a northern Indiana highway.More >>