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4/1/2017
Shanna Alvarado - Los Angeles, CA
A nagging pain in her abdomen sent Shanna Alvarado to a Kaiser hospital in Southern California in October 2010.  An ultrasound showed the origins of that pain: a complex cyst that prompted worries about cancer.  A radiologist at Kaiser noted in the hospital’s medical records that Shanna should follow up in six weeks, which is the...
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3/1/2017
Annette Ramirez - Los Angeles, CA
In August of 2012, 48 year old Annette Ramirez went to the hospital for a hysterectomy.  She was happily married with children 8 and 12 years old.  She was planning on going home the next day.  Annette's surgery was done laparoscopically, a type of minimally invasive surgery available for decades.  Instead of creating a...
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9/28/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog and families who lost loved ones in the opioid epidemic applauded Governor Jerry Brown’s signature today of a new law that will stem opioid overprescribing in California and save lives. SB 482 requires doctors to check a patient’s prescription history in the state Controlled Substance...
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5/4/2016
Robert Downey - San Diego, CA
It started with his boy.  Robert Downey’s 11-year-old had a sore and tested positive for MRSA, a dangerous infection that is treatable if defected in time but can be deadly.  The young man was given intravenous antibiotics and recovered. A few weeks later Robert had a similar sore that he worried would also be a sign of MRSA and...
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5/2/2016
Stephen Schaak - Los Angeles, CA
Stephen Schaak, an otherwise healthy 51-year-old merchant marine, husband and father of three sons, went to the emergency room exhibiting clear signs of pulmonary embolism - a blockage of the oulmonary artery or one of its branches to the lung.  The emergency room doctor suspected as much and ordered a CT scan to confirm. Inexplicable, the...
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5/1/2016
Rabbi Aaron Gottesman - San Diego, CA
He was the one who consoled countless victims of crime and disaster, a fire and police chaplain well known in San Diego.  Even after a long struggle with diabetes cost Rabbi Aaron Gottesman his legs to amputation, the unsinkable chaplain would show up at fires, crime scenes, and disasters to console those in grief from his wheelchair. It all...
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5/1/2016
Mario Guzman - Santa Clara, CA
On January 5th, 2013 Mario Guzman went running in the hills near his house with his wife.  In spite of some nasal congestion and weakness for the past few weeks, he ran thinking exercising might make him feel better.  During his run, he twisted his ankle.  But even with this pain, he finished his jog on his way home. During the...
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5/1/2016
Angel Villalobos - Los Angeles, CA
Angel Villalobos was born with just one heart ventricle instead of the usual two. A series of operations early in life should have fixed the problem and left him with a normal life. But during the third operation, when Angel was five, the surgeon cut through Angel’s breastbone using the location of an earlier incision and cut Angel’s...
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5/1/2016
Diane Stewart - Santa Cruz, CA
In 2007 Diane Stewart received two knee replacements because of injuries she suffered in a car crash when she was younger.  After the operation she complained of severe  abdominal pain and a doctor was notified by her nurses, but the doctor (who lived just 10 minutes from the hospital) never showed up.  As Diane’s condition...
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5/1/2016
Malyia Jeffers - Sacramento, CA
Two-year-old Malyia Jeffers had a fever that kept rising, and unexpected bruises appeared on her cheek. Her parents rushed her to a Sacramento emergency room, where they waited for hours even though her condition continued to worsen.    Her parents repeatedly begged to get her medical attention were ignored until her father forced his...