Sunday, March 19, 2006

Doctors are fallible, just like the rest of us

From the Concord (NH) Monitor:

My mother-in-law died 11 years ago. But the recent death of John Arsenault brought it back to me again. The hospital staff sent Arsenault by cab from the emergency room to a local homeless shelter. Six hours later, the shelter staff, concerned by his inability to sit or stand, called an ambulance to take him back to the hospital, where he died.

I can imagine the shock and anger of his family on learning of his death. I still remember the look on my husband's face when at last he arrived home from the hospital that long ago Sunday. He was pale with grief and misery. But beneath his sadness lay a quiet fury aimed at the emergency room doctor.


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