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Filing at: http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/02/20/o%27brien%20transfer%20brain%20damage%20jan%2024.pdf
Kaiser Transfer Blamed for Brain Damage
by Barbara Wallace
GREENBELT, Md. (CN) – A woman has severe brain damage after a financially-motivated hospital transfer led to respiratory and cardiac arrest in the ambulance, her husband claims in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
Maaza O’Brien, 55, was healthy until she contracted pneumonia in Jan. 2013, according to the complaint.
She was initially seen at her local Kaiser Permanente office, but when her condition got worse over the next two days, Kaiser staff told Daniel O’Brien to take her to an emergency room, Mr. O’Brien says in his complaint.
He took her to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (UMCRMC) emergency room where “triage providers documented that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia two days before with increased shortness of breath starting one day before. She complained of pain on breathing and noted that she had had some nausea and vomiting. Her breath sounds were diminished,” and she was given Dilaudid, “which is known to suppress respirations even further,” the complaint states.
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