I am in search of questions about my late Uncle's stroke. He had a stroke in October and was rushed to the ER immediately. When admitted to the ER, they said he had suffered a mini-stroke. He was paralyzed on his right side and had blindness. He was coherent and could feel, talk and breathe on his own. It took 7hrs for a Neurologist to see him, eventhough my family was asking and demanding immediate help. He was losing feeling, consceiceness, and mobility. Despite their demanding, the DR. not respond and evaluate him before that critical 6hr window! The Dr. soon realized that they had made a mistake, that my Uncle had actually suffered a Major stroke in the brain stem. He was then life supported to another hospital for emergency treatment. By that time, it was too late and he had to be intibaited. (sorry about misspelled words) He was now paralyzed from the neck down and couldn't breathe, talk, ect. on his own. He was able to comprehend his situation. Apparently, he was "brain-locked". He could only blink his eyes to respond. Most of the time, he was heavily sedated to keep the anxiety down. The prognosis was not good, he would be in this state for the rest of his life. He was only 64yrs, good health, non smoker/drinker. Very much loved in the community for his kind and gentle nature. Since he had a living will, my family had the unfortunate task of taking him off life support, eventhough he had his "mind". It's absolutely horrible!
My question to you is...since the ER didn't give him immediate help and misdiagnoised him, are they reponsible for his paralysis? I would think that anyone that comes in with those symptoms, would have had a Neurologist within minutes to evaluate his situation esp. since he was slowly detriorating! If you feel that there is some negligence on their part, would you please recommend the proper steps that we need to take, as my family is devastated by our loss-esp. if it could have been helped!
Thank you for your time!