By VIRGINIA GIORGIS
MOUNTAIN VIEW – “Medical error statistics in the United Sates are enormous and alarming…The American medical system is the number one killer in the U.S.”
And, as walking proof of errors that can occur, Lynn Moretti of Mountain View tells her story in her recently released book, “The Final Count is 4.” She related the above statistics in her book.
Moretti unwittingly became a number in the massive number of medical errors when she was operated on in McKay D. Hospital in Ogden, Utah, in 1996. Going in for a common operation, Moretti put her life in her doctor’s hands, like all patients do, when she went under the knife on the operating table. A shortsighted nurse, who failed to follow common medical procedures, facilitated the error not being discovered and corrected while Moretti was still on the operating table.
“They left a sponge inside of me,” Moretti said recently.
One sponge, one of four, was left inside Moretti to fester and produce infection that nearly took Moretti’s life.
Moretti carried that sponge inside her abdomen for 15 weeks – 15 weeks of pain and not feeling well. Doctor appointments and checkups didn’t discover the problem.
Her husband, Jim, is a strong believer of the need and pushes people to have a strong advocate when they enter the walls of the medical profession. He spoke of the times he was in the room and catered to his wife and watched over her during her three-year ordeal both in the hospital and at home.
“They (a medical patient or someone in the hospital) needs to have somebody with them,” Jim said.
He stressed the need for medical patients to have an advocate to assist them as their faculties are diminished while under medication, etc. His quote from the book, which relates their story is, “The unseen consequences of your error.”
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