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17 Year Old Mariah Edwards Left Brain Dead After Nurses Neglect Her After Simple Tonsils Surgery

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February 4, 2013 – A tragedy at a Pennsylvania surgical center is bringing attent-

ion to the dangers in medical recovery rooms.

Doctors told the parents of 17-year-old Mariah Edwards that their daughter was

in the clear following a routine surgery to remove her tonsils.  But the next thing

they knew, their only daughter was lying in a hospital bed lifeless and brain dead.

Mariah Edwards was a high school junior full of dreams and plans for the future.

“She could light up a room just walking though the door,” her father said.

Three days after her 17th birthday in March of last year, Mariah walked into Abing-

ton Surgical Center in Willow Grove as a typical healthy teenager.

An outpatient tonsillectomy, that took less than an hour, was supposed to be the

quick fix for her nagging sore throats.

“I said ‘mommy loves you, I’ll see you after your surgery,’ and that was the last

time I saw her alive,” her mother, Angelique Mitchell, said.

The doctors initially reported to Angelique that her daughter’s surgery was a succ-

ess.

“I was told she was fine and she was going home and the next thing you know, she

is brain dead,” Mitchell said.

The once jubilant teen was rushed to the hospital, tied up to tubes, with no signs

of life.

“How does this happen? How does this happen?” a tearful Mitchell said.

The parent’s attorney Joel Feller uncovered the truth about what happened once

Mariah was taken off the operating table and brought into the recovery room.

“She died as a result of being abandoned, not monitored, and not watched by

nurses, in the recovery room for a period of over 25 minutes,” Feller said.

The lawsuit claims Mariah laid there helpless after nurses administered a dose

of the painkiller fentanyl.

“Fentanyl is a very potent narcotic, something like 50 to 80 times more potent

than morphine,” Feller said.

That drug, Feller says, threw Mariah into respiratory distress, but the nurse who

was supposed to be watching her was busy tending to another patient.

“In a lot of respects, the recovery room is more dangerous than the operating

room,” Feller said.

In an operating room, a patient is being cared for by a team of nurses, doctors,

and an anesthesiologist.  But in the recovery room, a single nurse is often left

to attend to several patients who are coming out of anesthesia, administered

powerful painkillers, and unable to communicate for themselves.

“You can only take care of one patient at a time,” Dr. John Clark, Clinical Dir-

ector of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, said.  Dr. Clark has found

some of the greatest dangers in post-op are a result of improper monitoring.

In a shocking admission during discovery, a nurse at Abington Surgical Center

in Willow Grove admitted the monitors attached to Mariah were muted.

“It was not just this monitor that was muted, all the monitors were muted for

sound,” the nurse said.

“If it is not providing that information then you are flying blind,” Clark said.

The lawsuit claims Mariah laid there in respiratory distress with the curtains

drawn, her brain literally starved by the lack of oxygen.

“When I got to the hospital, I never saw her eyes open or alive again,” Mitchell

said.

Abington Surgical Center did not want to go on camera, but the center sent a

statement, saying in part:

“The Center changed several policies and procedures to assure incidents such

as this do not happen again.”

They no longer allow monitors to be muted, for curtains to be drawn, and they

are requiring a one-to-one staffing of nurses and patients when the patient is

given high powered narcotics.  But those procedures vary from center to center

and hospital to hospital.

So it’s important to ask about the recovery room plans before you go into surgery,

what drugs will be administered, and who will be watching you.

  • http://twitter.com/octuplet octuplet

    Nurses are not qualified to administer this type of drug. They don’t have the schooling or training to administer this type of drug. Nurses are way over rated.

  • http://twitter.com/octuplet octuplet

    What is important is to go to a reputable hospital like Penn, Jefferson, Temple, Eienstein etc. Stay away from these suburban hospitals.

  • http://twitter.com/octuplet octuplet

    Alert: African Americans and other Minorities do not go to these Main Line hospitals. They are a bunch of racist nurses who would never work at a hospital like Penn or Temple. Abington is a racist hospital. Now it kills minorities. This was a deliberate action on the part of a white racist nurse.

  • http://twitter.com/octuplet octuplet

    Horrible!!!! I feel so bad for that family. This girls death was not accidental it was murder. This nurse knew that the patient had been given Fentanyl and it is her job to have all the alarms on. Point blank period. The nurse should be charged with manslaughter. She is no different than the doctor who gave Michael Jackson a drug that sent him into respiratory arrest. He went to prison for four years and had his license taken. She should go to jail for four years, immediately have her license taken and be sued for all the insurance she carries and then the family should sue her for her house, car, and anything valuable down to a wedding band. Twenty five minutes of no follow up care, after someone comes out of surgery. That constitutes a charge of manslaughter. Manslaughter is an extreme indifference to human life. And this is what this nurse displayed. The hospital should be sued and sanctioned also. And the doctor who administered something as powerful as Fentanyl should be sued. This hospital did this because it is known for it’s maltreatment of minorities. Minorities come here thinking a Main line hospital will give them good care. It is just the opposite. I bet that nurse was white. And she purposely paid less attention to this patient who was African American. Another charge should be a hate crime.. She is a monster not a nurse.

Comments

Posted On
Mar 07, 2013
Posted By
octuplet

Nurses are not qualified to administer this type of drug. They don’t have the schooling or training to administer this type of drug. Nurses are way over rated.

Posted On
Mar 07, 2013
Posted By
octuplet

What is important is to go to a reputable hospital like Penn, Jefferson, Temple, Eienstein etc. Stay away from these suburban hospitals.

Posted On
Mar 07, 2013
Posted By
octuplet

Alert: African Americans and other Minorities do not go to these Main Line hospitals. They are a bunch of racist nurses who would never work at a hospital like Penn or Temple. Abington is a racist hospital. Now it kills minorities. This was a deliberate action on the part of a white racist nurse.

Posted On
Mar 07, 2013
Posted By
octuplet

Horrible!!!! I feel so bad for that family. This girls death was not accidental it was murder. This nurse knew that the patient had been given Fentanyl and it is her job to have all the alarms on. Point blank period. The nurse should be charged with manslaughter. She is no different than the doctor who gave Michael Jackson a drug that sent him into respiratory arrest. He went to prison for four years and had his license taken. She should go to jail for four years, immediately have her license taken and be sued for all the insurance she carries and then the family should sue her for her house, car, and anything valuable down to a wedding band. Twenty five minutes of no follow up care, after someone comes out of surgery. That constitutes a charge of manslaughter. Manslaughter is an extreme indifference to human life. And this is what this nurse displayed. The hospital should be sued and sanctioned also. And the doctor who administered something as powerful as Fentanyl should be sued. This hospital did this because it is known for it’s maltreatment of minorities. Minorities come here thinking a Main line hospital will give them good care. It is just the opposite. I bet that nurse was white. And she purposely paid less attention to this patient who was African American. Another charge should be a hate crime.. She is a monster not a nurse.

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