Former officer Robert Downey, 48 sues Sutter hospital over amputations
A man is suing Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento after staff failed to properly treat him, leading to the amputations of both hands and both feet.
Robert Downey, 48, who spent 20 years in law enforcement, including with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, arrived at Sutter Memorial on June 22, 2011, with an infection, said Downey’s attorney, Moseley Collins. His stepson, Nakona Reed, had visited the same physician’s assistant at the same hospital with a very similar infection.
Reed had gone to the hospital for treatment of an abscess on May 12, 2011. He was treated for the abscess and a culture was taken. On May 15, 2011, Reed returned. He was given antibiotics and sent home.
When Downey arrived with his infection, he expected similar treatment. Instead, Collins said, the physician’s assistant merely treated the abscess and sent Downey home, with no culture being made.
Downey returned two days later ... http://www.mtdemocrat.com/news/former-officer-sues-hospital-over-amputations/