You can contact the family’s lawyer Adam Slater at (212) 481-7400 if you have any similar medical errors in your family.
King’s County Hospital has been lying to people saying they haven’t had any ‘medical error’ amputations. Gradford Dennie does not have a leg to prove that is a lie:
From 2006 through 2008, King’s County Hospital told the state it had no incidents in which a patient lost a limb or organ due to a medical screwup. They must have forgotten about Gradford Dennie, a 68-year-old car repair shop owner who went to King’s County after suffering a stroke and wound up with his right leg amputated above the knee. At home the morning of Jan. 27, 2007, Dennie – an active senior who still worked full time at his car repair garage – suffered a massive stroke that paralyzed his left side.
He was taken to King’s County, and within three days, notes filed by nurses reported signs of problems with his right leg – it was black and blue and cold to the touch. These are symptoms of gangrene, but the term shows up nowhere in the records. Over the next two months, his leg got worse. Family members say they repeatedly pointed this out to nurses and doctors, but nothing was done. “I’m very vocal, but it was a constant fight,” said Dennie’s daughter Bridgette. “They were nonreceptive. Paging doctors was a nightmare.”
On March 29, 2007, Dennie was discharged to a nursing home, where nurses and a doctor realized immediately Dennie’s leg had deteriorated. He was quickly taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Bushwick where doctors diagnosed gangrene. The family was told Dennie’s right leg would have to be amputated above the knee. “I was in total shock,” Bridgette Dennie recalled. “Amputation? He’d just come from a hospital! I was in disbelief.”
After the emergency surgery, Dennie was left immobilized and confined to a wheelchair, his right leg amputated and his left side disabled due to the stroke. The family had to sell his business. “Daddy did more than 40 hours a week there. He was there every single day. It was his baby,” said Bridgette Dennie. “Now he’s confined to a wheelchair, bedridden. Everything has to be done for him.”
The family’s lawyer, Adam Slater, filed suit in June 2008. Why the hospital did not report the incident to the state remains unclear. The city Health and Hospitals Corp. declined to comment.