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Hello, I have a question, was the Standard of Care compromised in my wifes story and if so what can be done about it. My wife went into Pittsburgh's Mercy hospital on 10-3-05 for a Hysterectomy. The morning of the surgery we told hospital doctors that my wife still had a sore throat, they ignored us.
My wife then placed this information in the preoperative anesthetic evaluation form where question 6 asked " Have you had any of these symptoms in the past week? A Sore Throat? A cough or cold? My wife then checked the yes box's for both answers.
My wife then developed the Flesh Eating Disease called Necrotizing Fasciitious in her surgery incision 6 hours post surgery. My wife then underwent 5 emergency surgeries in three days to save her life, she was on a breathing machine fighting for her life. In all she had 7 surgeries in 8 days all because the hospital did not listen to us about her having a sore throat the morning of the surgery.
Strep throat contains the same form of bacteria that causes the Flesh Eating Disease, we have now uncovered evidence that Mercy hospital of Pittsburgh has changed my wife's answers on the form where it asked the questions about having a sore throat and being sick where she put yes to these questions. The hospital has changed her answers to NO to possibly try to cover up their terrible mistake that almost cost me my wife of 25 years.
Since this terrible ordeal has changed our lives all the hospital can do is keep sending us bill's, Imagine. I think the public has a right to know how a sore throat and the ears of hospital doctors who were not listening nearly cost a woman her life and suffered a horrific ordeal. Necrotizing Fasciitious comes with a life sentence.