Those are the upsides of a popular robotic surgery...used at the Medical Center of Central Georgia...but the procedure hasn't been flawless.
We check things out - tonight on Eyewitness News at 11.
Good evening, everyone.
Thanks for joining us.
I'm Frank Malloy.
Tonight...more on those stories...plus, new information on the breakin at Macon's All About Animals shelter that left three dogs dead earlier this week.
First though...we begin our newscast with a look back at the day as it was...
Your Tuesday, October 22nd, in sight and sound.
< Thomas Livingston says his wife was in the kitchen when he saw his grandson with a gun.
She started to go in the dining room, well, she went by the refrigerator, and he shot at her and missed, hit the refrigerator, as an open space and a doorway, and he shot at her again.
That bullet missed his wife but the next two didn't.
Then he kicked her, and hit her, trying to make sure she was dead.
This towel is covering blood stains where Livingston says his wife was laying down, pretending to be dead.
Now we want to bring you up to date on our lead story from last night, police in sparks nevada are telling us now that the shooter who killed a teacher and wounded two classmates at a middle school yesterday was 12 years old.
A small memorial at Sparks middle school is one of the few signs of yesterday's shooting.
Everybody wants to know why.
And right now, the answer is, we don't know.
A two-month old child was dead for eight to twelve hours before anyone found her.
That's according to Milledgeville police.
Police said the death resulted from domestic violence...but they would not explain further.
The baby's parents... Tamarus Hartry and Jessica Driskell ... were arrested Friday and charged with felony murder and first-degree child cruelty.
There's still a lot of hurt... Anger... Over the price they paid for progress.
<the few has to sacrifice for the convenience of the majority.>
Bass knows most of the people bearing the load.
Bulldozers reduced a few of his neighbors houses to slabs last week....
They... like Bass... Agreed to sell out to the Georgia Department of Transportation. .
<they tearing em down left and right now.>
<not all Bass' neighbors have agreed to sell. Take these property owners for example, across the street from him. They're still holding out because of what the road is going to do to their farm land.>
And those are some of the stories that made headlines in your world today.
Now tonight...we begin our look at local news with the temporary closing of a Macon restaurant.
State officials shut down Rocky Creek Seafood after people complained about a bad smell coming from the building.
Katelyn Heck explains where inspectors traced that smell... And how the owner plans to fix the problems.
<it's been smelling bad, you ride by here when the sun is out and you can smell it.>
That smell surrounds Rocky Creek Seafood in Macon... And it all stems from these... Fish scales.
<see right here, they started emptying it right here, then they stopped and put it right there, so that's where the smell comes from.>
Owner Clarence Williams says his employees are supposed to put the scales in the dumpster.
Two weeks ago... He noticed one of them was not and asked him to stop.
But when an inspector from the Department of Agriculture came to the restaurant Tuesday...
<he walked around and told me, 'you have a smell problem' so we came back here and he was showing me what was going on. He said, 'you cant empty that they, it'll make it smell.>
Williams also says the drain under the fish cleaning station inside is clogged... Causing water to pool in the parking lot.
<there's probably a fish head or something in it.>
He also had to throw out around twelve pounds of fish... Because it wasn't being chilled properly.
<this here can't go on. We gotta do something about that, get that cleaned up.>
Williams was able to save some of the fish... But says he let go of the employee who wasn't dumping the fish scales properly.
Katelyn Heck 13WMAZ Eyewitness News
Williams says he hopes to have the drain unclugged tomorrow... And the rest of the problems fixed shortly after.
But the Department of Agriculture will have to inspect again before the restaurant can re-open.
New information tonight...about a breakin at the All About Animals Shelter five days ago...that left three dogs dead.
Macon police report tonight...about forty dogs of various breeds, many of them aggressive, were set loose inside.
That's more than investigators originally thought..first estimating the intruders got to around two dozen animals.
And some of those forty dogs fought...three of them dying...and more than a dozen getting hurt.
Also today, the reward to anyone who can offer information leading to the arrest of the people responsible...rose to more than five thousand dollars.
Today...the Humane Society of the United States said they'll offer five thousand dollars for information in the case.
That's on top of the five thousand People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, offered up last week.
Anyone with information in the case can call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-crime. That's 877-68-crime.
Macon police say they continue to investigate.
We now know officially who will complete the new consolidated government for Macon-Bibb.
The last seat on the 9 member commission was decided by recount today.
Larry Schlesinger defeated Henry Ficklin for the District 2 seat by a margin of just 26 votes, the same margin from election day in the runoff.
Ficklin says he faced a tough race.
According to campaign disclosure forms, Schlesinger raised more than 84 thousand dollars to his less than 16 thousand dollars
< And of course we didn't think that we would have it this close on my end because with the kind of money I was facing and the 92 percent voter turnout in one precinct, 88 in the other, we knew there was going to be an uphill battle. >
Mike Kaplan, who was with Schlesinger's campaign, says it was the rabbi who faced the uphill battle, because District 2 is overwhelmingly African-American.
Mayor Robert Reichert and new commission, including Schlesinger, will be sworn in December 31st..
In other news tonight, a Houston County grandfather is recovering from physical and emotional wounds after his grandson allegedly shot him in the head.
Tonight, Thomas Livingston, age 70, is out of the hospital...
Earlier, he allowed 13WMAZ to visit him in the home where he says, he and his wife... 67-year-old Rosilyn... Faced a terrifying night Sunday.
Mrs. Livingston is still at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon..recovering from surgery.
Mr. Livingston says his grandson....Joshua Allen Cook.....shot at his wife four times....hitting her twice.
According to Livingston...Cook then made his way to his grandfathers room...
<somebody cut the light on, I started to raise up to see who was in there with m, something touched me right on the side of my head. I reached up with my right hand, grabbed it and my hand went across the top of the gun, and fingers went through the trigger guard....and the bullet went in along here and come out three inches away. >
Mr. Livingston said Cook, who lived in the home with them, had been drinking...but that the family hadn't fought before the gunfire errupted.
He added... He has no idea why his grandson did this...and that he loves him and wants to see him get help.
As we previously reported, police records show no previous calls to the Livingston household.
Another Georgia family is seeking answers of their own tonight...and they went to court today hoping to find them.
The parents of Kendrick Johnson, a 17-year-old high schooler from Valdosta, say they don't have the whole truth about the teen's death.
Johnson's body was found in January, inside a rolled up gym mat.
The death was ruled an accident.
But a second independent autopsy funded by the parents suggested something criminal may have happened.
Now, as Bailey Myers reports, they want a judge to force an inquest in the case.
"No matter what it is we want the truth to come out."
DEMANDING THE TRUTH, KENDRICK JOHNSON'S FAMILY HAS NOW FILED LAWSUITS AGAINST BOTH THE CORONER OF LOWNDES COUNTY, BILL WATSON AND THE SHERIFF OF THE COUNTY CHRIS PRINE...
SAYING THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW HOW INVESTIGATORS DETERMINED KENDRICK JOHNSON'S DEATH WAS AN ACCIDENT.
"The scene investigation has been compromised. But, we believe there are some things that could speak to us like the video, DNA and blood evidence."
BOTH CNN AND THE JOHNSON FAMILY HAVE FILED SUIT REQUESTING ALL INVESTIGATIVE FINDS BE RELEASED...
FOCUSING ON THE FULL SURVEILLANCE VIDEO FROM THE GYMNASIUM.
"It should show either Kendrick entered the mats as theorized or he was brought to they gymnasium by something other than his own power."
ANOTHER LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST THE CORONER OF LOWNDES COUNTY REQUESTS HE GRANT A CORONER'S INQUEST...
WHERE THE CORONER WOULD PRESENT INFORMATION ON KENDRICK'S DEATH AND JURORS WOULD DECIDE BASED ON THAT INFORMATION HOW KENDRICK DIED.
"'Its going to be hard..."
"Kendrick was my son...It can't get no harder than that."
"It's an insult to injury and we have to file these legal papers and jump these hoops just to get to the truth of the matter asserted. We will get to the truth, we have no doubt about that."
Bailey Myers, reporting.
Kendrick Johnson was a student at Lowndes High School..
New tonight... they're back... The blue angels, making their triumphant return to the skies in 2014.
The elite Navy fliers were grounded in April of this year...because of forced spending cuts called sequestration.
Among their canceled appearances...was a show in Vidalia this past April.
But the popular performers have their budget beneath their wings for next year.
Angels commanding officer Thomas Frosch says the air shows provide a unique opportunity to help connect Americans to service members.
<"I think getting ourselves mentally back in the game. You know it's a completely different up tempo than we're normally used to. You know we're gone six days, we're flying six days a week, traditionally, and here now we're flying three or four days a week so we need to get ourselves mentally geared toward the operational tempo again.">
The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform 65 shows at 34 locations throughout the U.S. Next year.
Unfortunately none of those are in Georgia...but if you check out their website, you will see a few destinations in Florida.
Ahead in our next story... You're about to hear a couple of very different opinions from the health care industry...
Here's what we mean...
< Fewer incisions, fewer areas to cause problems with swallowing.>
< A lot of unanswered questions, and yet they're being promoted as if it's some kind of fabulous improvement over traditional surgery. >
More on robotic surgery for throat cancer...and why the mixed bag of opinions from medical professionals, as Eyewitness News at 11 continues.
A new surgical procedure at the Medical Center is giving throat cancer patients a second chance.
Anita Oh talked with the very first patient who received the surgery in August.
But there are some questions about just how effective the technology really is.
Anita looks at the "plusses"...and possible negatives.
That's how many people are affected by throat cancer each year in the United States.
Bobby Upchurch was one of them.
<I had a mouth full of blood so I come on to the emergency room, and that's when they determined I had throat cancer>
That cancer...Was removed by this robot.
Upchurch was the Medical Center's first patient to get throat surgery through the new Transoral Robotic Surgery procedure.
<it saves a lot of lives>
The Medical Center used the daVinci robot since 2007.
But August was the first time they used it to operate on a patient with throat cancer.
Without the robot...
< you have to actually cut the jawbone, open it up to get access to the back part of the tongue>
Because of a 3-D camera, and the robot's ability to reach where human hands can't... There are
<fewer incisions, fewer areas to cause problems with swallowing>
The procedure isn't without controversy.
According to FDA's medical device database, it reports of 500 accidents during robotic surgery since January of last year.
A health expert tells me there's a lot of hype about the benefits of robotic procedure....but not enough evidence to back it up.
<A lot of unanswered questions... And yet they're being promoted as if they're some fabulous improvement over traditional surgery>
Newman says while technology will keep changing... It won't replace the need for a skilled surgeon.
<I think this is pushing the borders of surgery. And it allows us to do our same surgery in a much better way>
Anita Oh 13wmaz eyewitness news. >
On the "pro" side...Dr. Newman says the robot has helped cut some operating times in half.
The third throat and neck procedure is scheduled for later this week.