A Call from Dr. Hermann
August 14th, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

I received a phone call 1 from Dr. Marie Hermann, the chief medical examiner of Volusia County. I quickly — quickly — gave her a summary of the events of the last week and told her that I couldn’t understand why Bob Burch would be so adamant that her office would not perform an autopsy. […]

Medical Records Are Protected by HIPAA
July 9th, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

I just received a call from Alice Wilcox Hassen (386) 451-0643, the Supervisor of GI Lab at Halifax Hospital. She told me that she had received a message from Dr. Nasr indicating that I wanted to receive copies of my mom’s medical records, but that due to HIPAA regulations she was unable to provide me […]

Dr. Nasr Calls
July 5th, 2012 @ 10:00 am

Dr. Nasr called to let me know that he didn’t have any copies of mom’s test results because they were run in response to an error on the part of a Halifax Hospital employee and not someone from his practice. He said that he would call the hospital and that someone from Halifax would contact […]

Reaching Out
June 11th, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

On June 11th, 2012 I emailed my friend’s dad, who is a lawyer in California, to ask him for some advice about what happened to mom when she had a colonoscopy at Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach, FL:   From: David V. Gagne To: [redacted] Sent: June 11, 2012 @ 03:34 PM PDT Hey [redacted], […]

Dr. Nasr Finally Calls
June 7th, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

Dr. Nasr finally called to let me know that all of my mom’s “blood work had returned negative”. He said that they were still unsure of whether the scope was actually run through the autoclave because they were “missing the records” concerning it. He also told me that one nurse was terminated and another nurse […]

Nothing Is Surprising
May 30th, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

My sister sent me this email in response to the news about the possibly unsterilized endoscope: No, David, I had not heard about the endoscope. I don’t even know what to say about that. At this point, I don’t think I would be surprised if they told us that a moose ran into Mom’s room […]

Intestinal Issues Persist
May 30th, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

I received a call from Dr. Bratu at Halifax Hospital. He said that he had prescribed mom some medication for inflammation of her bowels and colon, and that he wants to perform a thorough colonoscopy as soon as possible (maybe early next week).

Another Colonoscopy
May 30th, 2012 @ 10:18 am

I just sent the following email to my sister: Hey [name redacted], Nurse Patty — the same one who was there yesterday (Tuesday, May 29) — called me at 4:45 this morning to tell me that there was blood in mom’s stool. She called so they could get my permission to perform another colonoscopy. I […]

Status Update
May 29th, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

I just sent the following email: [name redacted], I’m copying [name redacted] on this since I haven’t had a chance to update her on my call with the hospital this morning yet, too. I’ll leave it up to [her] to update [name redacted] and / or [name redacted] if she wants. The nurse told me […]

News from Dr. Escander
May 24th, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

I finally was able to talk to an actual doctor this morning about mom and the news is good. I talked to Dr. Escander — not sure about the spelling there — and he was very nice and extremely helpful and kind. Here are the notes that I took from our conversation: He said that […]