This tale of medical malpractice will shock you. Our storyteller tells us how his girlfriend lost most of her colon due to medical mistakes.
A Case of Medical Malpractice
When his girlfriend lost most of her colon due to medical malpractice, it turned her life upside down.
From Healthy to Seriously Ill
His girlfriend had always been a healthy person, so when she developed diverticulitis back in February, they were both caught off guard.
This led to the removal of half of her large intestine. Unfortunately, things only got worse from there.
A Critical Mistake
Although the surgery went well, one of the surgeons made a critical mistake.
He failed to wash his hands before the operation, which led to an infection in the rest of her colon.
An Awful Experience
The hospital was terrible; the staff had been awful to her before the surgery.
They had denied her requests, disregarded her pain, and treated her roughly.
But this was the worst crime of all.
After a week in the hospital, his girlfriend was able to leave, with her mother flying in from Washington to drive her back home.
But things weren’t getting any better.
The infection returned, and there was a risk of it spreading to her kidneys.
Doctors performed an emergency surgery, and they removed the rest of her colon, leaving only an inch of it that was useless at this point.
A Rough Road to Recovery
After two more weeks in the hospital, she was finally able to go home to recover.
But it has been a rough road for her.
She’s always been an independent person, and having to rely on her parents for every task has been degrading for her.
Huge Weight Loss
When OP (the original poster) visited her last week, after a month, he was shocked at how weak she looked.
She had lost 28 pounds and now only weighed 94 pounds!
Nobody Is Coping
Her parents were exhausted, and his girlfriend was frequently crying. Her father and OP had to help her out of bed and to the shower.
She had to use a bag to use the bathroom since she doesn’t have a colon at the moment.
It was heartbreaking to see her cry four times during his visit.
A Tragic Result
The situation is tragic, and OP feels terrible for her.
She is such a smart and beautiful person, loved by everyone, and she doesn’t deserve to go through this ordeal.
Admitting the Truth
The surgeon responsible for the girlfriend’s misfortune has admitted to not washing his hands before the operation, and OP felt a lawsuit was a slam dunk win.
This was also the second time this surgeon had been the lead on a surgery, and OP could not fathom what he was thinking.
Some Comfort From the Support
Despite the tough times, his girlfriend’s parents were there to support her, and OP feels comforted by that.
Before leaving, OP convinced her parents to have a night out, leaving him to take care of his girlfriend.
A Moment of Joy
He carried her out to the patio, and they watched a movie while he combed her hair, which is her favorite thing for him to do.
It was a small moment of happiness amidst all the tragedy.
Hopes and Prayers
OP is grateful that her parents are there for her and hopes that she will recover soon.
For now, all they can do is hope and pray for the best.
He was glad to have visited her, and so were her parents – they told him that she’d smiled for the first time in a month when she saw him walk through the door!
The tragedy of the situation was palpable, and OP couldn’t help but feel angry at the hospital and the surgeon who had caused all this pain and suffering.
He couldn’t understand why someone would be so careless and negligent, especially when people’s lives were at stake.
It was frustrating and heartbreaking.
Life Turned Upside Down
His girlfriend’s life has been turned upside down due to medical malpractice.
She has lost most of her colon and is now struggling to recover.
OP is angry about what happened but finds some comfort in the fact that her parents are there to support her.
A Long Road to Recovery
The road to recovery will be long and difficult, but he hopes that his girlfriend will regain her health and be able to live a normal life again. The surgeon’s mistake was preventable and caused immense pain and suffering for her girlfriend and her family.
Ultimately, he hopes that justice will be served and that the surgeon will be held accountable for his actions. Reddit users empathized with his girlfriend’s plight.
One person said, “I’m so sorry your girlfriend is going through this. As someone with no large intestine, I know how hard that change is to make. I’m so glad your girlfriend has a loving support network.”
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