Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Baby born near site of fiery traffic accident

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This morning (Wednesday Jan. 23, 2013) at around 7:45 am, Hector Morales was driving to the hospital with his wife who was about to have a baby. As they were driving, they passed the scene of a prior accident at Roosevelt Road and Laramie Ave in the Town of Cicero. The wife, Kathryn Engle told her husband that she could not wait to get to the hospital and Mr. Morales pulled the car over, saw the Cicero Police and Cicero firefighters working on the recent car crash, and flagged them down.

The police and firemen saw that the woman in the backseat was in labor and they assisted in insuring that the vehicle was safe and provided support as the wife delivered the baby in the car. They then took the mother and baby and put her in an ambulance and drove her to West Suburban Hospital where the mother, and Aidan, 7 pounds 9 ounces, are doing great.

The delivery of Aidan Morales is technically the first baby to be born in the Town of Cicero in 2013, since Cicero does not have a maternity hospital in the community.

Nearby, at around 5:45 am, a driver, Ismael Garcia, crashed his car. Police said they believe he was speeding. They are investigating the driver for possible DUI. His record shows he has three prior DUI arrests. The car crashed and immediately exploded in flames. Police and fire responding to the scene were able to extricate the driver and two passengers from the car but one fo the passengers, a woman about 20 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr. Morales thanks President Larry Dominick and the Cicero Police and Fire Departments and issued this statement which was read at the press conference.

“It saddened us to just find out about the terrible accident that took place hours before, and we offer our condolences to the families. I do want to thank the Cicero Police and Fire Department. The 911 dispatch center guided us quickly and calmly. At this time mom and baby are resting and bonding. Our family members are visiting and our thanks go out to everyone.”

Mr. Morales said the mother and baby are doing fine.

Kathryn Engle and Aidan Morales 7 pounds 9 ounces, photo courtesy of Hector Morales

 Photo of Fireman at car courtesy of Hector Morales, photo courtesy of Hector Morales

Mugshot photo of Ismael Garcia courtesy of the Town of Cicero Police


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cicero hires additional medical doctor for Health Clinic

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Cicero hires additional medical doctor for Health Clinic

The Town of Cicero Health Clinic is proud and honored to announce that Dr. Christina Arellano has joined our Health Department Clinic staff.  Dr. Christina Arellano is Board Certified in Family Medicine, bilingual and will be seeing Cicero’s adult population every second and fourth Wednesday of the month beginning February 13th 2013, 8:30am-12:30pm. Appointments preferred although walk-ins  are welcome.

Dr. Christina Arellano is a Cicero resident and has a private practice in Cicero.  She is a cum laude graduate of Loyola University, University of Illinois College of Medicine and MacNeal Family Medicine Program where she was Chief Resident.  Dr. Arellano’s professional associations and certifications are:

Board Certified – Family Medicine (ABFM)                                    2011
American Association of Family Practitioners (AAFP)                   2007-present
American Medical Association (AMA)                                            2007-present
American College of Physicians (ACP)                                          2007-present

Dr. Arellano is a dedicated physician who has been a medical volunteer on a Haiti Missionary Trip; in addition to volunteering at El Valor, Chinatown and Cicero Health Fair.   Dr. Arellano’s medical interests are behavioral health, adolescent obesity, women’s health and working with a diverse population.  Her extracurricular interests are missionary work, horticulture/gardening and cinema.

President Larry Dominick and The Town of Cicero Board of Trustees welcome Dr. Christina Arellano and her valued medical assets to The Town of Cicero.

Please call 708-656-3600, extension 147 to make an appointment with Dr. Arellano.