Introducing the Voices of Patient Harm
Charleston hospital malpractice lawyer Nathan Hughey shares this story
The injuries I sustained were NOT the standard “known risks.” It was later discovered by my highly experienced medical expert that I did not need a total knee athroplasty, there was no medical evidence for the procedure. I was butchered and used as a medical guinea pig.
And there are others who have watched as loved ones suffered, like Veronica James, who recounts the injury and death of her mother, Vera Eliscu, in acute-care hospital in New Jersey:
After her injury, Mom never spoke again nor barely moved. I learned coma-stimulation, and became her therapist, as [physical therapists] refused to exercise her. From Jan. 09 until her Wrongful Death in Aug 09, I spent 7 days a week advocating in facilities on Mom’s behalf, documenting her med’s and [hospital-acquired illnesses] … bringing in acupuncture & nutrition, and fighting with staff, firing 3 doctors in the process.
Robin Karr underwent a total hysterectomy without her consent. She concludes her tragic story with a call for change based on her own experience:
I want to see a better system put in place for checking for correct surgery and proper consent.
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