Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Robert Franklin Mann

Male 1956 - 1968  (12 years)


Personal Information    |    Notes    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Robert Franklin Mann 
    Born 1956 
    Gender Male 
    FindAGrave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/235838178 
    Residence 1968  RR2, Breslau, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-70235 
    Died 1 May 1968  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Shantz Station, Woolwich Township, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I70235  Generations
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2024 

    Father Robert Mann 
    Mother Partridge 
    Family ID F63837  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • TRY 35 MINUTES TO REVIVE HEART
      Dies During Appendectomy

      An 11 year old Breslau - area boy died Wednesday at St. Mary's Hospital during an operation to remove his appendix.

      Robert Franklin Mann, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mann, RR 2, Breslau, apparently suffered a cardiac arrest.

      A team of physicians worked 35 minutes to start the boy's heart beating again, but were unsuccessful.

      He was pronounced dead about 9:05 a.m.

      An autopsy to determine cause of death was conducted Wednesday. The findings will be available shortly.

      An inquest is expected to be held.

      He was a Grade 6 student at Breslau school and a member of the Breslau scout troop. He attended Sunday school at Trinity Lutheran Church, Shantz Station.

      Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Bruce and Geoffrey, at home; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Partridge, Cana, Sask.; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Bruce, Niagara Falls, Ont.

      The body will be at the Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home until noon Saturday, when removal will be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.

      Rev. G. W. Becker, church pastor, will officiate. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery.

      Donations to the church building fĂșnd will be accepted as ex- pressions of sympathy.

      Kitchener-Waterloo Record Thu, May 02, 1968 Page 3

      ______________

      Medical Team Cleared In Appendectomy Death


      An "extremely rare" cardiac arrest after the use of an an esthetic drug was responsible for the death of an 11-year-old Breslau area boy, a coroner's jury learned Thursday.

      Robert Mann Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mann, RR 2, Breslau, died at St. Mary's Hos- pital May 1 after doc- tors removed his appendix, later found to be normal.

      Dr. A. W. Conn of Toronto, a special witness, said the boy's reaction to the drug succinyl choline would happen only once in 10,000 cases.
      Dr. Conn, a University of To ronto medical professor and head of anesthesia at the Hospital for Sick Children, said the "shuddering" of the muscles af- ter use of the drug was describ- ed in a paper given in New York only last December.

      Succinyl choline was discov- ered 20 years ago and has been used in the Twin Cities since 1957.

      The five-member jury at the Waterloo County court house exonerated Dr. W. G. Rieve, Twin City anesthetist, and the medical team which "took all necessary precautions in the operation."

      Dr. Rieve, who has administered anesthesia to 30,000 patients during his 22 years in the Twin Cities, said the boy's muscles "reacted violently" to the drug.

      It had never happened before to any of his patients under anesthesia, he said.

      About 30 milligrams of the relaxant drug was given to loosen muscles in the abdominal area. The procedure was followed to help in the suturing by Dr. Robert Cowan, surgeon, and Dr. F. J. Downie, the Mann family doctor.

      NO WARNING

      The three physicians described the operation as smooth up to the point of the cardiac arrest. No warning symptoms were recorded.
      However, as the team sutured the four-inch incision, the boy's heart failed.

      External cardiac massage was tried, but restored the pulse beat intermittently for only a short time. The boy's breathing stopped altogether minutes later.

      The operation was performed because of recurring pain in the abdominal area.

      Dr. Cowan said the operation was exploratory, because the exact cause of the pain wasn't known.

      The appendix was found to be normal, as was the five feet of intestinal tract in the area. The only problem came in stitching the deepest layer of skin, which was slightly "tight."

      DOSAGE "MODERATE"

      A dosage of 30 mg. of succinyl choline was administered. Dr. Conn referred to the dosage as moderate, saying up to 40 mg. could be given to a boy Robert's weight.

      The shuddering reaction was followed within two minutes by the cardiac arrest.

      Dr. Conn said the "squirming" effect may have been caused by potassium released into the blood stream, damaging some muscles.

      However, he said it was very difficult to determine how much potassium was in the blood stream since deteriorating cells also release the chemical.

      The jury's only recommendation was for wider use of the stethoscope during operations as a more effective way of determining the patien's blood pressure and pulse rate.

      Kitchener-Waterloo Record Fri, Jun 21, 1968 Page 3

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1968 - RR2, Breslau, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 May 1968 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Shantz Station, Woolwich Township, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth