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From the NY Times:
In Military Care, a Pattern of Errors but Not Scrutiny
By SHARON LaFRANIERE and ANDREW W. LEHREN JUNE 28, 2014:
FORT SILL, Okla. — Jessica Zeppa, five months pregnant, the wife of a
soldier, showed up four times at Reynolds Army Community Hospital here
in pain, weak, barely able to swallow and fighting a fever. The last time,
she declared that she was not leaving until she could get warm.
Without reviewing her file, nurses sent her home anyway, with an
appointment to see an oral surgeon to extract her wisdom teeth.
Mrs. Zeppa returned the next day, in an ambulance. She was airlifted
to a civilian hospital, where despite relentless efforts to save her and her
baby, she suffered a miscarriage and died on Oct. 22, 2010, of
complications from severe sepsis, a bodywide infection. Medical experts
hired by her family said later that because she was young and otherwise
healthy, she most likely would have survived had the medical staff at
Reynolds properly diagnosed and treated her.
“She was 21 years old,” her mother, Shelley Amonett, said. “They let
this happen. This is what I want to know: Why did they let it slip? Why?”
The hospital doesn’t know, either.
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