Medical error can have devastating effects. Here, in their own words, Connecticut families tell the stories of how medical error changed their lives forever.
November 1 of each year is the anniversary of the day that we were all impacted by catastrophic medical error and our lives were changed forever – in 1991. On that day, in a prestigious teaching hospital, my 37 year old husband, Rory, went in for what the surgeon described would be a routine, commonly done decompression of the spine... more
My daughter Jennifer became significantly disabled following a spinal fusion seven years ago ... more
Bill Tyra tells Katie's Story of Medical Negligence ... more
Brian, Sydney's Dad, shares her story of life with cerebral palsy ... more
Mary Ellen Ladd tells her son Peter's story of getting elected to the student council as an unusual candidate. Peter has CP. When Peter saw this video, he loved it ... more
T. Stewart Hamilton, M.D.
My father turned 91 ten days before his death, July 29 2002 of MRSA. Dad was old, with his share of medical problems but he exercised every day, did the crossword puzzle in ink daily and we were planning a cruise ... more
In May 2006, my wife gave birth to two beautiful twin boys. They were 7 weeks premature, but relatively healthy with Apgar scores of 9. Michael weighed 5 lbs, 5 oz., Matthew weighed 4 lbs, 7oz ... more
Katherine, we call her Katty, was born almost five years ago on January 1, 1999. She was our first child and my husband rushed me to the emergency room when I went into labor. I had been diagnosed with a separation of the placenta ... more
I was born between the wars in a small village in France, near Grenoble. By the time I was two, both my parents had died and my brother, sister and I were raised by an aunt and uncle. Then the war came and the Germans ... more
On March 10, 2006, following a routine laparoscopic hysterectomy, I knew there was a problem. A very disgusting and odoriferous discharge was coming from my body. No tests were ordered on the discharge and I was cauterized three days after the surgery. ... more
On January 16, 2001 our family was devastated by the loss of our beautiful son, Matthew David Gersz, at the age of 22. Matt was our first-born son and the first grandchild on both sides of the family. You can imagine the joy ... more
My wife Kate died suddenly at age 41 after a routine allergy shot in a doctors office. Our then four-year-old son was sitting next to her when she started coughing, then screamed and collapsed from anaphylactic shock ... more
My name is Brittmarie Harwe from Wethersfield and I am the co-founder of the Chiropractic Stroke Awareness Group which consists of hundreds of young people, most between the ages of 25 and 48 who have been injured by chiropractic adjustments. I am testifying in support of ... more
I am an insulin dependent diabetic and I needed back surgery. Six days after the operation I woke up screaming in pain and was ambulanced back to the hospital. When the surgeon saw me, I was immediately taken into surgery and filleted like a fish ... more
Public service announcement about clostridium difficile infections based on the story of Peggy Lillis, a 56 year old, Brooklyn Kindergarten teacher who lost her life to this little known infection in April 2010. View YouTube Video
In my last month of pregnancy, my obstetrician decided, on her own, to perform an amniocentesis. Contrary to her own office policy, she did not discuss her desire to do this with any of the other doctors in her group ... more
It's called polycythemia vera, the Mediterranean sickle cell disease, an over-abundance of red blood cells. But that's not what killed my father. What killed him was bad medicine and careless decision-making ... more
Lorraine J. Piurowski
My name is Lorraine Piurowski and I am a resident of South Windsor. In October 2007, my husband underwent successful surgery for cancer. His hospital records indicate that he was progressing well. He was able to walk the hospital corridor, eat a regular diet, and use the bathroom without assistance. ... more
Five years ago Sydney was born. Because of poor judgment she was born with cerebral palsy. Sydney has been deprived of many of the activities that are experienced by other children. Sydney has yet to enjoy and probably will not ever enjoy ... more
I write you today because in 2002 I was a young man with an upcoming marriage and a promising future as a financial analyst. Then I was dealt a terrible blow that will change my entire life ... more
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