077 Grey ("Mike") Spanagel. 200r. 31 days.
Blood counts extremely well documented in History; a
clear radiation death. His wife Madge was only 47 when
Spanagel died, took care of him daily at home until his death,
has his full medical records, understands now what happened
quite well. "They killed him," she says -- and this is what
the evidence shows.
Dr. Hortwitz visited the house just once right before
Spanagel's death, just came in and pulled back the sheet to
look at him and left, says his wife, offered no information or
reassurance. Spanagel had throat cancer that was not
responding to treatments, apparently, but was still sometimes
going to work as a salesman to WCKY before his radiation, and
also regularly in touch with clients by phone; he was taking
a long walk ever day; he drove himself to the hospital the day
he was irradiated.
His wife was asked nothing and never knew what kind of
radiation he had. Se says he thought it posed a chance for
him to get well.
His -- she feels rather sudden -- death meant that he did
not have his affairs in good order and she was left with
little from his will; most of what he had went to two older
daughters by another marriage. There was fourteen-year-old
daughter who suffered greatly from this sudden bad turn in his
illness, Madge Spanagel says. She feels they never recovered
economically; she went to work but has had to move recently
into subsidized housing. She fees strongly that she ought to
be compensated (and possibly she has a particularly good case
for compensation, is one of the few remaining spouses, now in
We read in this History that Spanagel's hemogram remained
stable until November 27.
But on December 1 his WBC went down to 400 and his
platelets to 18,000; on December 9 he died.
He had had a bone marrow transplant, but obviously it did