Don Newton

Don Newton

My father felt something while fishing back in April 2017. He broke several vertebrates in his neck. After a 12 hour surgery, a stroke, and loss of moment on his left side he survived the surgery. During his last week in the hospital, he received a new feeding tube. With many ups and downs my father then was transferred to a rehab/nursing home facility. Within two days of being at the rehab facility his feeding tube became blocked so the doctor (an ER/internal medicine physician) replaced the feeding tube with a piece from a Foley Cather as a temporary fix until they could get him to the hospital to put a “real” feeding tube in on Friday (THREE DAYS LATER!). When they put the temporary tube in my father’s stomach, it slipped away and the tube was placed into his abdominal cavity. For 9-12 hours he was fed and given meds into the port which was pouring into his abdomen. He became unresponsive and his blood sugar was 17 when they called the ambulance to get him to the hospital (WHICH WAS ACROSS THE STREET). The ER doctor discovered his kidneys were shutting down and they realized about the Foley tube placement and found four litters of pus in his abdomen. My father had become septic. He was in ICU where they worked to save him but he continued to grow sicker, his temperature spiking to 107 degrees. He survived but so much damage was caused and resulted in more strokes. We made the decision to take him off life support on May 16, 2017. My father died because a physician did a temporary fix to a NEWLY placed feeding tube that had not had time to heal and create a stoma. As soon as he pulled it to replace it the stomach lining fell away so there was no way the tube would have gone back into the stomach and there was NO x-ray done to check placement. Placement could not have been verified with the use of the Foley tube versus a real feeding tube. This was a huge mistake in their practice and it cost my father his life.



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