Annette Smith’s father died of a medical error & almost 2 years later she still doesn’t know exactly what happened to him
My 65 year old father, Curtis James Bentley, died in a hospital, and yet almost two years after his death, I still do not know what happened to him. The hospital and my father’s physicians have not provided this information. Why?
My father had recently undergone successful surgery to place a stent in his heart at Emory Healthcare. The procedure had gone well. I was told that he was “100% clear,” and he was discharged from the hospital and went home. However, a review of his discharge summary recently revealed he was sent home with eight abnormal blood levels. This was a beginning of his demise in my opinion.
While recuperating at home, he started bleeding. He was coughing up blood, having nose bleeds and blood was present in his stool and in the toilet.
I took him to the ER at Piedmont Henry Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a lesion in his colon and admitted to ICU. That was Friday, September 7, 2012. I left once on Saturday to get food and clothes in preparation for staying with him the entire weekend if need be. We were supposed to go fishing.
A failure to check?
However, on Sunday morning, I woke up from dozing on and off. No one had been in my father’s room for the past two hours since 2 am. A nurse finally came into my father’s room around 4 am. It was very brief. After not checking him for two hours, you would think it would be more thorough. I took the opportunity to take a much needed break from my vigilance at my father’s bedside.
I went to the restroom, stopped at the snack machine, called my husband and sat for awhile in the waiting room. While I was away from my father’s room, I heard a Code Blue sound. At first I thought it was for him, but it was for the neighboring patient. I sat a little while longer, but then I had an uneasy feeling. Something told me to go check on him.
I went back and saw that the Code Blue was indeed for the neighboring patient and that many physicians and nurses had responded. However, no one was with my father.