A family member of mine fell off of his front porch while intoxicated. This was right before Christmas 2012.
He broke knee cap, and dislocated shoulder. Surgery was performed on knee. A few days later be began to suffer from alcohol withdrawal, and withdrawals from prescribed pills. why would the hospital detox him from prescription medication instead of administering it to him?
They then put him on a ventilator, stating that he worked himself up and was having difficulty breathing.
He did have COPD and emphysema. He ripped the ventilator tubes out on his own, and did fine breathing for himself.
They transferred him to a private room after knee surgery, where the family received a call the following day stating that he went into cardiac arrest, and that it took 15 minutes to resuscitate him. Originally they said 12 minutes, then bumped it up to 15.
After the cardiac arrest he was placed on the ventilator once again.
The hospital sent him for an MRI and a cat scan, to which they delivered no results to the family. They told us "there is some brain damage." And didn't elaborate any further.
His medical chart was sitting in the room and in big writing it read "SEPTIC SHOCK/ARDIAC ARREST"
nobody was aware of septic shock! There was never one word spoken about septic shock.
Doesn't his surrogate decision maker/durable power of attorney have a legal right to that information?
My thought is they were short staffed over holiday, he got septic shock due to knee surgery, which lead to cardiac arrest, all because of it being a holiday.
All of his symptoms were that of shock.
Low blood pressure,
Starting off into space
The hospital later told us that he had the mentality of a 7 year old.
I personally do NOT believe that.
He was flipping nurses the middle finger, moving all Of his limbs, including the leg that was operated on. Nodding yes/no to questions, giving hugs and kisses, doing special handshakes that he had with different people, expressing pain or anger etc.
The hospital also told his mother that if he was administered a tracheostomy, that it would likely be permanent..although be was breathing above the vent and was breathing on his own about 12 hours a day.
Due to the false information the hospital gave his mother, she decided against the tracheostomy and signed DNR paperwork.
He was doing things that were HIS personality. NOT that of a child.
I feel the hospital attempted to cover their own ass by claiming brain damage, and not bringing up the shock, whIch was ultimately killing him.
At the time where he was struggling to breathe, he was completely off medication, and they said to him "Don, your breathing is bad, you're not DOING good..do you want morphine to help keep you comfortable?" He shook his head no.
His mother asked for the morphine and they administered it..but at the time he was completely competent and says he did not want it!
At NO point during his competency did the hospital ask him if he wanted to be resuscitated, or if HE wanted the tracheostomy.
They also claimed that he war given chest compressions for 15 minutes, yet there were no broken ribs, nor was there ANY bruising.
If i could truly argue how i feel..between them not giving us results of brain scans, him acting exactly like himself,
Not acting like he had any brain damage whatsoever, the septic shock, no heart damage, no broken ribs, no bruising..id be willing to argue that he neveR went into cardiac arrest, that everything stemmed from sepTic shock, and they blamed it on cardiac arrest to cover themselves!
Could this all be a result of a short staffed hospital over a holiday weekend, letting septic shock cause all of this, when this man should be alive, well, and in rehab right now?
I can't understand how a broken kneecaused an otherwise healthy man to die in hospice!?
Sign up to receive a 3-part series of useful information and advice about personal injury law.