|April 28, 2002|
sister, Shelley Brett, horrifically was murdered by the brutal disease
known as "NECROTIZING FASCIITIS". Shelley was a 36 year-old
single mother of a ten-year-old son. She went to the hospital and was
admitted on April 23, 2002. Everything went wrong. Unfortunately she was
misdiagnosed way too many times until it was too late. She should not
have died. She went to the hospital in enough time to receive proper treatment
but of course she didn't....and I had to horrifically watch my older sister
die a traumatic, unimaginable, painful death. She was diagnosed with cellulitus
and lymphadema of the lower right leg. Every hour her leg changed its
looks. I begged the doctors to consider the fact that it was the flesh-eating
disease but I was assured several times that it was not. They had the
attitude that it was impossible. I watched my sister go down hill so drastically.
She was in so much pain, indescribable pain! She went delirious, not knowing
the year, or names of some of her loved ones.
They finally decided to debride her right leg late in the evening on April 27th, 4 days later of complete and utter hell. By the time they debrided, according to the anestitist, Shelley's leg just liquefied on the bed. They had left it way too long. She was already suffering from septic shock. They had been pumping her full of heprin thinking it was a blood clot and after they started to debride, they just amputated the whole right leg below the knee and she kept bleeding to death. Blood everywhere. It was like a massacre.
Shelley was on life support and she died shortly after 5 a.m. on Sunday, April 28th, 2002. Her pathology report concluded that she had indeed died of Necrotizing Fasciitis. I had only been telling the doctors that on the first day when she was admitted. She had so much trouble with her I.V. that she never constantly had antibiotics going into her system. She had no x-rays to look for the gases like I have read about or that chamber thingy. Shelley was never given a fighting chance. She was left there to die because the hospital was not willing to accept or admit that flesh-eating disease had someone in our city. It is almost a year since my sister has died and I cannot allow her death to go unjustified. I am not being vindictive or mean and money isn't of concern to me, but I am going to fight this because I, myself cannot live with myself if I don't do anything about this. It was wrong!!!! My sister should not have died and I cannot and will not accept that she has…Thanks for your site..........it has opened my eyes to some new things.
Burgessville, On Canada
April 17, 2003
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