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Recently we found out that the recall on the meds that Patrick was given in the hospital started in December 2011.  3 months before his transplant and the 2nd recall.  Then the company decided to recall all lots in June 2012.  All for the same thing, visible particulates.

Reading some of Patrick's medical records, other than his fingers turning black (which is most likely from the tainted drug) all the complications he had after transplant were expected.  And once they were able to wake him up on March 16th, they expected him to make a full recovery.

There was another notation that after he got really sick they called several cardiologists and pulmonologists in the country to see if any of them had some answers as to what was going on.  All of them pretty much had the same answer.  We've never seen/heard anything like this before, and weren't sure where to even begin looking for answers.

Then after the autopsy results came back everyone was called again, and again no one knew where the blood clots came from.  A few blood clots here and there aren't uncommon even with blood thinners, but hundreds and hundreds just shouldn't have been possible. Again no one had answers.

Today my lawyer was informed that Stanford doctors and their lawyers have joined in on the investigation.  Not just with Patrick, but to see how many other patients at their hospital could have been affected by this.

I know not everyone agrees with my decision to pursue this, but I feel like I owe it to Patrick, my kids, and even Patrick's donor family, to get as many answers as I can. 

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Comment by chez2all on January 19, 2013 at 2:32am

Hi Sam, if you feel it's what you need to do then go ahead, don't worry about what others think.  This is your journey and you do what you feel you must.  I wish this was easier on you but know that you have lots of support and a soft place to land when you need, hugs, Chez

Comment by Joyce on January 5, 2013 at 5:24am

Sam, I hope you get some answers for you, your children and the donor's family.    Hugs!

Comment by bj628(Bonnie) on January 4, 2013 at 8:38am

I think you are doing the right thing by persuing this..  You are right.. the recall was late coming and who knows how many others were affected. When something like this is WRONG  it really needs to be invistigated to keep it from happening again.


Comment by AlanRRT on January 4, 2013 at 7:00am
You are a dear, strong lady, I hope all the best for you in this situation. Hugs to you and the kids!
Comment by recent loss(Ron)>>Recently Found on January 4, 2013 at 6:36am

Thank  God I pray that all goes well.

Comment by Blue Snow on January 3, 2013 at 11:14am

When my mother passed away we had to decide whether or not to join a class action case against a company whose failed equipment caused a lot of unnecessary deaths. So I have some idea of how hard your choice to pursue this is for you. Your last line about owing it to Patrick's donor family is an especially good reason in my book, and for all potential donor families everywhere in the future. You are courageous four putting yourself through this. I hope eventually you can make peace with it all...and I think you will. If at some point, though, you have to back off and let others carry the torch forward, don't be afraid to accept that you did the best you could without regrets.

Comment by Morgana (Janet) on January 3, 2013 at 11:02am

(((Sam))).  You are the only one who knows what is best for you but it does raise my curiousity now that Sandford doctors and lawyers are joining in on the investigation.  Hopefully you will get some answers now.

Peace and Hope...Hugs, sweetie.

Comment by Mac on January 3, 2013 at 10:35am

Sorry that you have had to go through all this Sam. Glad that you are getting some answers.

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