One of my biggest regrets was allowing my brother to agree not to have an autopsy done on my mother. At the time, I was a bit emotional after my mother had passed away so I told my brother to answer the University of Chicago doctor phone call. Little did I know the doctor had called to convince my brother to refuse an autopsy on my mother. He went into a long story on how the autopsy would involve a lot of cutting that would leave my mother’s body in such a way that an open casket funeral would not be possible.
The doctor did a great job of getting my brother to think of how gruesome an autopsy would be, but more importantly, the doctor did a great job of covering the University of Chicago mistakes.
My mother had cancer that did not spread to her brain. At some point she became unresponsive. The doctors at the University of Chicago kept telling us she had an infection. They also kept saying she should be back talking after they treat the infection. Several days passed with the doctors supposedly trying to learn about and treat the infection.
Keep in mind, the doctors kept telling me they believe they could treat my mother. I mean the doctors were pretty nice to me over the phone until I told them of an incident of the staff at the University of Chicago dropping my mother’s head on a concrete like surface either before or after one of her CT or MRI scans. After I informed a doctor of the incident, from that point on, the doctors at the University of Chicago gave me legal answers and talked very slowly. They made sure they were careful with their words.
As her son, I only wanted my mother to be okay. I asked the doctors to do a head scan to check her head because my mother was in a lot of pain before she became unresponsive. She would call me in tears talking about how much her head hurt, how the room was spinning and how they dropped her head. She was in pain and in need of help before she became unresponsive. So, I told her to tell the doctors and nurses of the head dropping incident, which she did.
The doctors at the University of Chicago knew of the incident, but likely did not think I knew about it. It has been over five months since my mother passed away and the University of Chicago won’t give me her medical records, copies of her head scans, doctor notes and the dates of her head scans. I have asked them several times to tell me if a head scan was done on my mother after she became unresponsive, but they won’t answer that question or any question about my mother’s head. I have been denied access to my mother’s medical records.
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*This post is from the personal experience of the blogger and his family.
*When I visited my mother in the ICU I overhead a nurse sitting at a desk (to the left of my mother’s room and facing a wall) tell another nurse that they should just let her go. The nurse stopped talking when I walked by to visit my mother. She had a strange look on her face when she saw me behind her as if she knew I likely had heard her. Her voice was not of concern for my mother, but of a nurse who was tired of checking on her throughout the day. The nurse is still working at the hospital.