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Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

To the Editor:

Readers of Miriam Axel-Lute’s excellent and informative story about the “Sorry Works” program [“Two Little Words,” Newsfront, Dec. 9] that described the circumstances surrounding the death of my wife, Lisa, in Samaritan Hospital, may like to know that I have a Weblog on the topic. This blog includes the full text of my initial complaint to the state Health Department and the Department’s stunningly brief response, as well as information about a disturbing lack of media coverage of deaths and injuries in Capital Region medical facilities.

My blog is at: www.answersfor lisa.blogspot.com

David Baker

Waterford

To the Editor:

We read with interest “Two Little Words.” We have lived this life of searching for answers, complete disclosure and humanity following the death of our 11-year-old son, Justin, during a minor surgical ankle procedure at an area hospital. It has been almost four years and we have not received an apology or an explanation for obvious negligence of care.

The treatment we have received from St. Peter’s Hospital administration has been inhumane and unjust. Ethics has never entered the picture, as you stated in this article, and sorry was not even in their vocabulary. The silence of the involved physicians rests upon their attorneys but does not condone their behavior. They are ultimately in charge of doing the right thing. Perhaps, someday this fear of legal action will not be involved in medicine and physicians can comfort and heal their patients following an adverse event and provide complete disclosure. Isn’t that why you become a physician?

Gary and Dale Ann Micalizzi Rotterdam

Correction

Due to a file-naming error, the children’s-book roundup that ran in the Metroland Holiday Gift Guide (a separate booklet inserted into the Dec. 9 issue), was the same one that ran two years ago. The current one can be found in this issue’s Books section, on page 35.

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