California, United States, Charles discussed on Consumer Watchdog Podcast
Walking into that hospital that afternoon with a woman that was not only a good health comment but in exceptional in trying to see the fact that she would never walk out to raise. Her boys never crossed my mind and so when they go back. Surgery opened up in when opened up heart stopped immediately and she did not survive. Story is so painful to hear. Every time I've heard it in. This is not the first but I just want to put a point on something that you said Which is that. She had three and a half liters of blood in her abdomen and that this was an entirely preventable death complications of course always happen in medical care But this was an identifiable and preventable problem cares. Life could have easily been saved if just the hospital had listened to your please very very nasty things down. Is the most painful about this for me right because you're absolutely right. What happened to cure woods completely preventable? There were signs immediately after she came out of the First Surgery. The delivery that she was bleeding internally. We have is not a mistake as you're actually right mistakes happen but what happened here was A complete failure a failure of systems of failure of humanity and it was really just delay in denial delay in denial Really talk about some of the systems that broke down everything that possibly could win wrong. Incur- by medical experts reviewed the records. It would happen to cure is not a medical tragedy. It's a medical catastrophe In a actually write it should not have happened to cure. Should be here today. So then You learn to things. After this I think that are part of the reason Your advocacy is so important in one is about a law that our listeners know a lot about. Because we've been talking about it for months now which is California's cap on compensation When a loved one dies from medical negligence so maybe you can tell us just a little bit about what you learned about that law when you went to seek accountability for what happened absolutely so I had no clue about Indian laws in so much pain just really trying to put one foot in front of the other I had last amount was trying to really seek accountability but when that time came and I started talking to lawyers I understood that in fact in the state of California. And they're these ridiculously outdated laws in really unconstitutional laws. We talk about the microcapsule limit. The value of a person's life at two hundred fifty thousand dollars Ryan and is shocking. When I say that out loud right for me to conceive the fact that one first and foremost you could put a value on something that was so precious and absent. Priceless to myself. Absolute Slam voice is crazy but then to literally and figuratively add insult to injury to find out that in California. They limit the value of a person's. Life in instances of medical negligence. To two hundred thousand dollars is crazy. So subsequently with that with admit is found in attorney That was the case but immediately everything he was doing was pressuring me to settle. This is about so much more than just money. This is about accountability and being transparent being able to have closure understanding about what happened but most importantly communist you mentioned making sure that steps were being taken to ensure that would happen to cure. Doesn't happen to anybody else. And because these case because these caps were in place. There was no mechanism even to this day. Cedar Sinai has not told me anything about what happened to cure. What's been happening? Their internal investigation but more importantly in what they're doing to take steps to prevent this from happening to limit and because they don't have to because they are protected by these ridiculous medical malpractice caps and it's on extremely unfortunate. And let me and you know to put a fine point on that. The reason this this cap forced you into the situation like this is because when a maximum value of a case is capped at two hundred and fifty thousand dollars in nineteen seventy five dollars which is about fifty grand today It costs as much to continue to pursue a case as you could ever recover and so at some You know that lawyer is practically taking on a pro bono job in order to keep pursuing something because the hospital has no has new financial incentive to do the right thing Because of the CAP and so You know that's that's why we're we're so appreciative that you decided to Share care story with the world because it will it puts it puts very clear spotlight unwind. This law prevents patients Patient care from getting better and maybe that brings us to the other really important piece of the story. Which is that It is a particular crisis of for black MOMS in California and in America. And you've been a a really powerful advocate on that front as well. Maybe want to Share a little bit of that work to solicit jump right into this. When this first happened to me I thought in having happened to cure. I thought that a woman dying in exceptional. How in American in two thousand sixteen was a thing of the past? Something that just doesn't happen Found out shortly thereafter is that we are in the midst of a maternal mortality crisis in the United States in bag the United States. Lease the civilized world in women dying in childbirth. So about eight hundred. Women are dying annually from preventable causes related to childbirth. That's more than two women. Dying every day right here in the United States to win will die today someplace United States giving the gift of life and so for me. I was shocked in even. Furthermore we have these ridiculous racial disparities so in addition to this being shamed point what was going talk about the disparities that disproportionately affecting African American women women of Color African American women are dying four to five times as often three four times as often as their Caucasian counterparts. And when I found out about this I was shot and I had to do something about it. And you know that's when I really made the decision to shakier story publicly not knowing what to expect but just hoping that ride sharing cure story publicly that it will bring some attention to this topic because of two thousand sixteen. Nobody's talking about this. Will you know I think Charles that you deserve so much credit for deciding to tell Kerr story in the public way that you did because it really did launch Have a huge part in launching the national recognition of this maternal health crisis in particularly the black maternal health crisis This has been a variant journey. But she said it was so proud of the fact that in two thousand eighteen we weren't able to pass the first ever federal piece of legislation to stopped to to to impact this Preventing maternal term de sacked in two thousand eighteen. We got that passed on. But that's just the beginning except bill will go a long way to studying understanding the crisis but now we have to have more comprehensive more aggressive legislation in policy reform to protect women further. Because what's the what's been happening is unacceptable so currently I just introduced in conjunction with the black. What's wrong health caucus a comprehensive package of bills have nine different? Federal bills called mom now bus spill and they can affect the other from the Momma but still right and so we introduced ad And the first week of March and what? This what these bills will do is they will address all the different aspects of Health crisis from the racial disparities from social determinants of how meaning would social factors. That are impacting women dying. They have access to transportation to get them to obstetrical care. Do they have adequate paid leave? we have a bill in there. That is focused on using technology. Better served women right. How can we quantify quantified lead Boston more accurate way through technology? How can we use telemedicine to serve women who don't have social barriers to care? How can use all types of technology have a specific bill that addresses the needs of our our women who are in? Military Service Ryan. People oftentimes don't even think about how they're overlooking vulnerable in so we're proud in in in in that bill in that package is the cure. Dixon Law am sorry to cure the cure. Johnson at AK cures and with this bill will do it will not provide funding for community based care. additional funding for Dula. Care around organizations serve women of color but very importantly it will work towards setting a comprehensive standard of care across the board and increased accountability. Because that's what I'm all about one of the things I'm most proud of is it will provide funding to prove to create independent quality of care and dignified care compliance offices within hospitals that are independent from the hospital. So how does this work if someone has an instance where they feel? They've been discriminated against They've been neglected. There will be an office inside that hospital where they can watch their concerns right. That will be very importantly independent from the hospital and the federal government will collect that data and then publish those reports so it goes a long way towards what we need in this country is. We've got to this. Healthcare system to win puts patients over profit and doesn't protect and allow Negligent providers to Haina Veil of lack of accountability. Well I think that is probably a good place To close for today. Thanks so much for all your work Charles for sharing story for joining us today. Honored thank you so much for having me To repeat just in case anyone wants to learn more about the mom nervous which is an amazing name Very impressed with that one Or the fairness for injured patients act. Which is the California ballot measure were working on to update that nineteen seventy five cap You can go to four cure for MOMS Which is Charleston's website or consumer watchdog dot org which is ours So that's the end of the show. All thank you for listening. 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