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4/25/2016
Patricia Roland - Thousand Oaks, CA
In October 2009, Patricia Roland of Thousand Oaks underwent heart surgery at age 57 to replace her mitral babe, which helps regulate the flow of blood from one chamber of the heart to the next.  The procedure proved troublesome from start to finish. First the surgeon erroneously looped a suture around the prosthetic valve, undercutting its...
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4/25/2016
Doug Shulby - Los Angeles
He was a father of two with a new RN certification.  But without warning, Doug Shelby found himself in a medic; emergency.  Late that night in December 2006, Shelby was rushed to an emergency room not far from his LA County home.  He felt like his “stomach had exploded.”  His abdomen was distended. At the ER, a CT...
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4/25/2016
John Ritchie - Los Angeles, CA
Although he was a gifted athlete who excelled at basketball, John Ritchie suffered health problems for more than a decade related to a heart condition. Finally, midway through his 30’s, doctors determined Ritchie needed a heart transplant.  After a five-year wait on the transplant list at UCLA Medical Center, Ritchie and his family...
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4/25/2016
Leah Coufal - Los Angeles, CA
She would be an adult now if not for medical negligence.  Back in the Christmas season of 2002, Leah Coufal was the life of her family, a cute funny girl of just 11 when she underwent elective surgery to correct a fairly common birth condition known as pigeon chest, which left her with a protruding breastbone.  On the cusp of...
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4/25/2016
Delany Gonzalez - Los Angeles, CA
She had been born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare birth defect that left underdeveloped cheekbones, ears and jaw.  But to her parents, Delaney Gonzalez was perfect.  She was mentally sharp as any 16-month-old child. The family hoped a series of operations could help mend their little girl.  The first of those surgeries was to...
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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
Tamara Walter - Long Beach, CA
Tamara Walter underwent a successful lap-band surgery at an outpatient surgery center, but her recovery was another story. Five hours after Tamara’s surgery, her sister received a call from a panicked person at the surgery center.  They told her Tamara wasn’t breathing, was foaming at the mouth and had been transferred to a...
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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...