After experiencing dizziness following her participation in the 2004 Boston Marathon, Andrea Larkin sought treatment for dizziness from Dedham Medical Associates. The doctors took an MRI and a CAT scan which showed brain abnormalities. However, Dr. Jehane Johnston failed to place the 35-year-old on a database of patients with certain medical conditions.
After becoming pregnant four years later, Larkin’s obstetrician was unaware of her brain issues because she didn’t appear in the database. Larkin suffered a massive stroke as a result of giving birth, paralyzing her. Andrea remains paralyzed-unable to care for herself or her child. She and her husband have amassed more than $200,000 in medical bills.
This is a tragic, senseless event. In past blog posts, we’ve written about the need for medical databases in order to ensure improved quality of care. Yet, in this instance there was a database and it wasn’t utilized. As a result, a young, healthy wife and mother remains paralyzed, probably for life.
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