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Asked on: 1/05/01, 2:21 am

Medical Malpractice Resulting in Death

Mom-explor.surg.12-22 10:30 am adhesions.A lot of pain, nurses said was gas put stomach, gave pain med.Left at 8:30 surg.had not been up,told going into emerg. surg. Next day still in pain nurses gave enema help lose gas, went in & out of conscious. Surg.took her for 2nd surg.12-23 3:30 pm found two holes he put in colon.She died 12-24-00 4:30 pm.Signed for autopsy, coroner asst. called asked if wanted to sue, said no just want to know what happened.The asst.asked if we wanted to pay $400-$800, said thought doctors should pay still want autopsy.Found out-2 days that the asst.called funeral home said we didn't want it. It was to late to do it arrang. were made. Talked to fam. doc.said surgeon was resposnible for death, Feb.- meeting for that surgery.Said surgeon would not lose surgery rights, would be a lot of changes in surgery & nursing procedures.Dr.upset that the coroner asst.did not do autopsy.Said asst.& wife lost baby that week, no excuse but maybe not thinking right.Accid. happen but my mom died & new proced. just don't make me feel any better the surgon gets a slap on the hand. Supposedly he doesn't have a history of accid.in surg. What are rights concerning the surgeon and the coroners assistant?

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