Seems to Be the Hardest Word
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
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?
and Dale Ann Micalizzi Rotterdam
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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