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4/25/2016
Olivia Cull - Los Angeles, CA
Olivia Cull was born with a defect that left one side of her heart smaller than the other.  She had surgery to correct it as a baby but needed a second operation as a 17-year-old senior in high school.  During a catheterization procedure to prepare for that second operation, there was an “incident” as Olivia’s mother...
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4/25/2016
Paul Ethier - Half Moon Bay, CA
He was a surfer, doing what he loved best: riding the California waves.  The swell was up that day in 2004 off Half Moon Bay, sending the board careening toward Paul Ethier, hitting him directly on the head.  When the 29-year-old electrician managed to make his way out of the water, friends quickly carted him to the emergency room....
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4/25/2016
Zachary Diecker - Los Angeles, CA
An easy pregnancy lead to only positive test results, doctors believed the birth of Zachary Diecker would be typical and he would return with his mother from the hospital only after a couple of days.  But a series of medical errors driven by negligence, lack of oversight, and incompetence would end his life before he even left the hospital....
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4/24/2016
Tom McLennan - Carmichael, CA
For pain from a fractured toe, podiatrist used 19-year-old Tim McLennan as guinea pig for experimental surgery.  Tom had suffered a small fracture in the joint of his big toe.  The podiatrist said there was no treatment that would ease the pain, suggesting surgery instead.  She said the fusion, the definitive procedure, would cause...
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4/24/2016
Nora Bostrom - Palo Alto, CA
Nora Bostrom had pulmonary hypertension that required her to use oxygen and take intravenous medications.  But in spite of these challenges she had a high quality of life.  She was a bright, funny, and happy three-year-old full of promise and optimism.  But after a visit to the hospital, she became a victim of several preventable...
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4/21/2016
Brittany Wilkinson - Fresno, CA
Around the Fresno area, she was something of a minor celebrity, a buoyant teen beating the odds against a rare illness.  Brittany Wilkinson pushed hard to raise awareness of mitochondrial myopathy, a disorder that left her largely confined to a wheelchair.  She helped raise money for a cure and even received a proclamation from the...
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4/21/2016
Robyn Frankel - Menlo Park, CA
After talking to a neurosurgeon about her history of migraine headaches, Robyn Frankel was told to undergo an invasive cerebral angiogram requiring the injection of contrast dye into a vein in an attempt to try to find what was causing her headaches.  When the dye was injected, Robyn immediately suffered a stroke and went into a coma. She...
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4/20/2016
Janet Garner - Signal Hill, CAs
During a routine spleen removal, Janet Garner went through the surgery without incident.  After recovering she left the hospital relieved thinking that her medical woes had been taken care of.  Years later, however, an infection would develop which would change Janet’s life forever.   One day, Janet noticed lacerations on her...
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4/20/2016
Shawn Rial - Dana Point, CA
Two months after his cancerous testical was removed, 20-year-old Shawn Rial underwent a week of inpatient chemotherapy.  His family was told testicular cancer was one of the most treatable forms of cancer and he had a 90 percent chance of survival as he was only in stage 2.  Shawn returned to the hospital a few days later for outpatient...
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4/19/2016
Troy and Alana Pack - Danville, CA
It could have been a Norman Rockwell scene.  Troy and Alana Pack, ages 10 and 7 were walking with their mom and two other neighborhood kids to a Baskin Robbins ice cream store near their home in the comfortable Northern California community of Danville.  It was a warm Indian summer night in October 2003.  The kids had been out...