|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 8/28/1941 and 9/11/1941.
Curt Bower Loses Leg In Ghastly Accident
Curt Bower, well known and long-time employee of the Eureka Pipe Line
Company, of Brooksville, lost his right leg in a most shocking accident
at Cabot Station Thursday. He and others were hauling sand from the
river, using a truck and wire line to haul the material to the top of the
bank. In some manner Mr. Bower stepped into a coil in the line and
his right leg was sheared off cleanly just above the knee.
The victim was brought to this place where Dr. Artz dressed the member
and gave a blood transfusion. He was then removed to Parkersburg
where the amputation was completed, and he is said to be getting along
well at this time.
Mr. Bower was on vacation at the time of accident and was helping his
son, Paul Bower, build a new residence near Brooksville. He is a
fine citizen and his many friends were shocked when they heard of the accident.
Dr. Artz Uses Latest
Curt Bower, 64, suffering from a traumatic amputation of the right leg
in the low thigh position, was carried to the office of Dr. Curtis P. Artz,
local physician, September 4th. He was injured while hauling sand
from the river at Cabot Station, a few miles below Grantsville. His
son, Paul, an employee of Godfrey L. Cabot, Inc., and well trained in first
aid work, courageously clamped the femoral artery with his fingers and
stopped the blood flow, while his father was transferred to Dr. Artz's
He was pale, pulseless and in profound shock when Dr. Artz examined
him. After the use of sedatives to allay the pain, Dr. Artz administered
Lyovac normal human blood plasma. Lyovac is dried blood plasma in a powdered
form which, when compounded with distilled water, produces the same result
as the old type blood transfusion. It is the same type blood plasma
now being supplied to the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and by the Red Cross in
Great Britain. It enables the physician to give a transfusion of
blood plasma within a few minutes, eliminating the process of cross-matching
or typing of the patient's blood.
While the human blood plasma was being administered, Dr. Artz transferred
Mr. Bower to an ambulance and continued the administration of the plasma
in the ambulance en route to a Parkersburg hospital. Upon arrival
at the hospital, one hour and twenty minutes later, his pulse was normal
and he was completely recovered from shock. Dr. Artz was then able
to complete the operation.
It is understood that Dr. Artz is one of the few physicians in the country
to have used this new medical development and he should be highly commended
for his farsightedness in stocking this blood plasma as an insurance for
the people of this community against such accidents.