My dad Ben Smith had a routine heart ablation at TMH May 30, 2017. He was in the hospital for 17 days when he should have been out in 5. Continued complaining of chest pain and trouble breathing. They... more continued to blow it off saying oh it's just surgical pain. He also was retaining 30 lbs of fluid. The nurses although being told repeatedly to walk him 3 times a day sometimes didn't walk him at all. He was finally released 17 days later. 3 days after he was released he called me with horrible chest pain and trouble breathing. I took him the the TMH er where a 69 year old man with debilitating chest pain and recent heart surgery was made to wait in the ER waiting room for 3.5 hours. We arrived at 6pm and he saw a Dr at 10:50 pm. After running tests the Dr told him " well Mr Smith, you have air and fluid trapped around your heart but we don't know why" At 4 am they did what they called "life saving surgery" which consisted of sticking a draining tube in his heart but never bothered to call anyone. The next day they discovered that when the ablation was done someone put a hole in his esophogus which is fatal. He was supposed to be on blood thinner due to a fib but they took him off so they could repair his esophogus.2 days later they did the surgery placing a stint in his esophogus and seeing up the 5 milimeter hole he had been suffering with for 23 days. His blood pressure continue d to drop and his heart rate continued to rise, he had a horrible infection around his heart and this caused his heart to not work properly. He continued to retain fluid getting up to 30 extra lbs causing pressure on his lungs and additional pressure on his heart. They then had to put chest tubs in each lung so he could breathe. 1 week later at 1 am he had a showering of strokes all through his brain but again no one called us. He was in such critical condition that they could not even do an MRI because they were afraid that a trip down the hall would kill him. At this point he had a tube in his heart, 2 tubes in his chest to his lungs a tube down his throat into his lungs and a resperator. At this point he was on life support. The day before this he was eating a roast beef sandwich and drinking a strawberry milkshake. During his 3, week stay in the ICU he got pheumonia, a yeast infection in his blood, a staph infection in his blood, he was not turned there were nurses touching his pick line with no gloves his kidneys were failing his hear rate was up to 145 his blood pressure was as low as 75/28. They were just waiting for him to die. Clearly given up on him and doing as little as possible to sign their chart. He had 8 doctors at this point. After 2 weeks they performed yet another surgery (this would be the 4th one due to the punctured esophagus) where they had to put a treakeotomy in his throat because you can't have the tube down your throat for more than 2 weeks The doctors involved said over and over none of this would have happened had his esophogus not been punctured. We finally moved him to select rehab while still in a coma. They did all they could for him but he was so sick by the time he got there it was too late. We watched him suffer, have another stroke gasp for air and gain 50 lbs of fluid and then die. Tmh and the doctor who put a hole in his esophogus killed our dad and they know they did. This has also put my sister and I in a financial crises because he had no life insurance and he was very confident with the initial procedure and so we're we. It had been 3 weeks since he died. We now spend our days working and our nights and weekends trying to clean out his house and 70 years of treasured he collected
Loosing my dad has been the most devistated thing that has ever happened to me. Especially since it was due to sheer negligence of tmh and their staff. Dad was healthy and active before this happened.
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