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Unknown Cause of Death

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 7, 2007
  • 05:21 AM

A family friend of mine died suddenly yesterday. For the past couple of weeks he had been having indigestion, and two nights ago began having blood in his stool. His wife took him to the hospital soon after because his stomach was beginning to swell. Upon being admitted into the non-ICU (the doctor on call didn't feel his condition was critical enough for the ICU), test results showed his potassium levels were extremely low and his blood sugar level was 500. He was still not moved to the ICU and soon died, suddenly, shortly after.

He did a lot of travelling on business and had gone to Mexico within the past 2 months (maybe he could have gotten something there?). We are all devastated and his wife would like to consider suing the hospital for malpractice. However, he was Jewish, and apparently the Jewish faith doesn't allow an autopsy, so his family may never know the cause of death. And apparently the hospital and the doctors who "treated" him have no clue or thoughts either.

If anyone has any ideas or anything at all....please let me know.

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