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Mother's death, medical error?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 11, 2011
  • 07:58 AM

My mom had a colon resection done last Tues, surgery went well. Wed the Dr did his rounds & asked my mom how was her walk, she said she'd not been out of bed yet, been about 18-20 hrs after surgery....he said he expected his patients up w/in 6...her nurses came & helped her up told her she was going to walk 2 laps around the ward, she only did 1/2 before they brought her back to her room. At this time we notice there is blood in her catheter. Asked her nurse if it was something to be worried of, she said no. A few hrs later my mom's vein that her IV was in, collapsed, the nurse tries to put the IV in 3 times, then gets another nurse to do it for her, this nurse points out the bloody urine, so my mom's nurse calls her Dr. He orders a urine sample, it was about 8 pm, the nurse checked several times the next 3 hrs & never has enough urine for a sample. My mom complained of feeling like she needed to go to the bathroom but was unable, the nurse says well you've got a catheter, but my mom says no it's not that I just feel full. The nurse does a bladder scan & says her bladder is dry....my mother also complained of severe itching before she went to sleep, the nurse said it was a side effect of the potassium and brought her lotion. My mother went to sleep at 11, woke up a few times and pushed her morphine button but her heart stopped at 3, they were able to get it going again, and she was put on a ventilator & was in a coma. The next day they did a brain scan & said she had no brain activity. Later the next day after another scan she was taken off the ventilator....they told us it was a brain aneurysm, but I want to know why her kidneys quit working about 7 hours before her heart. Every time I'd ask a Dr about it, they'd act as if the kidneys stopped because her heart did....but she was never able to make that urine sample, because of blood in her urine, so it sounds wrong to me!!!! I just want answers, that night was the most traumatic of my life, it replays over & over in my head and I just want to know what caused it all

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