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[IP] Denver Man DIES at the ER from DM - News Item
I Don't have all the facts in this case....
But just a caution - and a shame that this could happen in a major metro
(I live in Denver)
Complaint lodged in hospital
By Sheba R. Wheeler
Denver Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 11, 2001 - Officials at Denver Health
Medical Center are investigating a family's complaint
paramedics and hospital staff mistreated their
relative the night
Family members of John Stacey Houston, 37, of Denver
also seeking an autopsy independent of the one done by
Denver coroner's office because of apparent
over what killed him.
Houston, 37, a diabetic, suffered an apparent
attack on March 31 and died about 45 minutes after he
at Denver Health. The father of seven had been a food
worker at the hospital.
Doris Houston, the victim's mother, said paramedics
administered an IV to Houston at his home that sent
sugar higher in a few minutes. She said the paramedics
son that he was "acting sick" for no reason, tried to
to walk and pushed food into his mouth despite his
that he was in fact ill.
At the hospital, doctors said they were perplexed by
Houston's death, Doris Houston said.
"I just want to know why my son, who was walking and
talking to me, could just die," Doris Houston said.
"If he was
sick because of his low blood sugar, I would expect
that a level
one trauma unit would have been able to stabilize him
have him home to me that very night. But if my son is
because of someone's mistake, I want everyone to know
The hospital's Risk and Quality Assurance Department
carrying out the investigation, said Sara Spaulding, a
Doris Houston said an investigator from the coroner's
told her that John Houston died from internal bleeding
occurred when his liver was torn by ribs broken during
But Chief Deputy Coroner Michelle Weiss-Samaras said
family was told that the laceration was not the cause
Toxicology tests won't be completed for another three
"The (liver) injury did not have anything to do with
Weiss-Samaras said. "It was related to aggressive
save his life."
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