Here is Pauls story which has many similarities of LT's story. He asked if I would share and publish his heartbreaking story of what happen to his wife so in honor of all of those affected by the hospital protocols we support you, and may these stories help save others lives. This is Pauls story below...........
Here is my wife’s unfortunate story that has destroyed my life and has devastated our children’s lives. It shouldn’t have happened she should still be here today. My wife was a 45 year old healthy beautiful vibrant wife and mother. Who loved me and our children unconditionally. She was a amazing wife and mother she was a amazing woman. She was the definition of wife and mother. On Saturday night October 23 my wife started to feel bad. Our 5 year old daughter had been sick that week and I had been sick with a chest cold. So Saturday October 23 my wife started feeling bad. She we went to bed early. On Sunday October 24 she was feeling worse I asked her if she wanted to go to the hospital? She said if she felt worse she would go. I brought her some ibuprofen and some cold medicine and juice. I went to work on the house we just purchased we had to completely remodel everything. I was outside cutting some wood and our little girl came and said momma needs you/ I walked in and she looked bad labored breathing and sweating but she was cold when i touched her. I had to carry her to the car she was so weak. This was around 2:00 PM when he hospital was a hour away. When arriving at the hospital I got a wheelchair. It was a little after 3:00 PM at that time. The administration nurse took us back to get her vitals it took about 5 minutes to even get a oxygen reading. She was responding and answering questions. Her Temperature was 97 her heart rate was 165 her respiratory rate was 38 her oxygen was 74 and blood pressure was 92/40. The took her to a critical care room and put her on a bi pap machine. Then they moved her to a step down room. I stepped in waiting room to call our daughter who was home watching our youngest one. When I came back into her room there were two nurses in there. And I asked them what was going on with my wife? I was figuring Covid or respiratory infection. The responded by saying she can’t seem to stay awake it appears she is having a overdose. I told them she wasn’t on drugs so that’s impossible. I told them to give her a drug test they said they were going to this was a little after 5. They had started her on fluids and Narcan. From that time till 830 the nurses came in three times and were hateful and rude. At 830 PM I told my wife I was going to check on our daughter. As I stated we had just moved to a fairly rural part of NC and had had some cars come down that we had to run off. The woman we purchased the house from hadn’t lived there for at least a year. So I wanted to check in our girls and come back. I told my wife and she held my hand and told me “ I love you I mean that I want you to remember that don’t ever forget that” I told her I loved her to. And she emphasized again “ I mean that I love you I always have and always will remember that. You will forever be my always”. And I kissed her head and she closed her eyes and laid back in bed. Little did I now that would be the last time that I would speak or see her again. I still didn’t think it was life threatening. When I got home our 22 year old son was there he asked how his mom was and something hit me and I knew she wasn’t going to make it and I told him that. He got mad and told me not to say that. After I checked on girls I was getting ready to drive back to hospital my son said he was going with me. In the drive back it was around 945 PM one of the nurses called my phone. He asked what type of drugs she was on. Well I was livid I asked him if he could read? He asked what I meant I told him you gave her a drug test almost five hours ago so apparently you can’t read. He told me he hadn’t looked at the results yet. I hung up on him. About one minute later the doctor that had just came on duty called me and apologized apparently she had overheard the conversation. She said your wife isn’t having a drug overdose her drug test was negative. I told her to tell her staff that she said she just did. She explained my wife had double pneumonia with her right lung completely impacted. And that has led to sepsis. I didn’t have a clue what sepsis was at the time she explained it to me and said she was going to start treatment and she hoped it would be in time. I asked her what she meant she explained how time sensitive sepsis was and what septic shock could do. I told please don’t let anything happen to her she was my everything. At 1015 PM my cell phone rang I answered and she asked how close to the hospital were we. I replied about 25 minutes if you are calling me to tell me she is not going to make don’t you dare call and tell me that. She stated that she had coded out and they brought her back but didn’t know if she was going to make it. By the time we got to hospital they had brought her back four times. And the doctor had to put me in a room cause I was a complete wreck and she asked what I wanted to do I told to save my wife do your damn job you haven’t all night so do it now. They brought her back 7 times. My son told them to stop they had broken her breast bone her ribs and she had been without oxygen for 28 minutes. He went and told his 45 year old mother goodbye and we loved her. I couldn’t go back I didn’t want to see her like that. She passed at 203AM October 25. The doctors came in there and my son asked why they couldn’t save his mother. They said they didn’t start treatment in time. If they would have started when she got there things may have been different. And another doctor was there looking over her chart and he asked why where they treating her for a overdose why were they giving her Narcan. She had no signs of overdose except not being able to stay awake and that is a sign of sepsis. And with a oxygen level of 74 that’s why she couldn’t stay awake. Security escorted me and my son out along with sheriff officers. I lost my mind I knew they had Mede numerous mistakes I knew they killed my wife. They all got to go home to their families and mine now is devastated. Now we are left to deal with this hell. I can’t remember anything can’t focus I am never happy. Our daughter who is 7 now has anxiety and panic attacks scared something is going to happen to me. I have had to start homeschooling her cause she is scared to leave my side. My other children have had bouts of depression and anxiety. All cause of negligence lack of urgency and misdiagnosis by the staff at the hospital. This was something that could have been prevented if they would have paid attention to her vital signs. We have a lawyer and they have sent her records to a medical expert and they have made a report of clear negligence and deviation of current clinical guidelines. And has said to accept the case. We are sending her records to another expert just to verify that they agree with the first opinion. If they do then we proceed. And I don’t care about money I want accountability for what they did. I want protocol to change. If someone’s life is save then at least her death will mean something. In loving memory of. Teresa Juhl. You will forever be my always
My Name Is Dan and I am now recently a widower from my Best Friend of 25 years, and now have to navigate raising two teenagers without my help mate, and this is her medical story along with others that have similar stories of their own. Join me on this journey as we find help and healing in a broken medical system.