Thursday, October 28, 2010

Nurse's Error Leaves Wheelchair User Brain Damaged

A Nurse turned off the life support for a wheelchair user "by mistake". Jamie Merrett had been injured in an automobile accident. He used an oxygen ventilator as life support and was able to get around using a wheelchair and to talk via a voice activated technology.

In spite of his disability, he lead a relatively active life. That is, until a poorly trained nurse who was taking care of him accidentily shut off his life support and did not know how to restart it. Merrett was left without oxygen for so long, he became brain damaged.

No one supplied information about what happened until the information was "leaked" to the BBC nearly two years later.



According to this follow up article, no charges will be filed against the nurse.

I find this unbelievable.

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