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4/24/2016
Tom McLennan - Carmichael, CA
For pain from a fractured toe, a podiatrist used 19-year-old Tim McLennan as a 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 that fusion, the common procedure used to...
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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...
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4/19/2016
Lehna Brewer - Washington DC
Beth Stover, 40, was past her due date when she went in for a stress test to determine if labor should be induced.  A technician noticed Beth was having contraction and Beth was sent home and told she should not be surprised if she were to deliver the baby soon. That evening she felt extreme upper abdominal pressure and thought she was going...
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4/19/2016
Morgan Westhoff - Danville, CA
Morgan Westhoff and her identical twin sister were each born with one of the more common congenital heart defects.  Morgan’s twin had a successful procedure to correct the defect when the girls were 18 months old.  The same procedure was performed Jan 18, 2013 on Morgan, even though her doctor knew Morgan had abnormally high blood...
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4/19/2016
Daniela Zelig - Woodland Hills, CA
She had a fever, vomiting and shortness of breath.  But when her mom took 10-year-old Daniela Zelig to the hospital, doctors took a look and sent her home.  She was one of the last patients seen by urgent care doctors that day in March 2012 in Kaiser’s Baldwin Park Medical Center. After the girl was given a cursory examination, cut...