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Liver Related Stories - This includes hepatitis stories

Cruz Gomez - Was he harmed intentionally?






Meningitis Horror Stories


David  H Stanley - Baldwin Park Abused Patient



Pneumonia Stories

Physicians Maimed by their own system






These people did not "Thrive" under Kaiser Kare

        The following stories and articles are about actual Kaiser Permanente Patients and Employees that have been abused, maimed and killed. 

        They are sorted by category.  If you want your story on this web site then tell us when you  write in.  Unless you tell us you would like it online we will not share it with the public.

        These are tough times and tough words are necessary.  For each  patient story that is presented on the Kaiser Papers there are at least 1,000 more that should also be told.  For each person that remains quiet and does not make their information public they are just as responsible as the medical staff that enables and absolves each other by their group participation in actively harming patients for financial gain.  
        No matter how they want to sugar coat this they are all taking part in  group absolution and justifying to themselves their lack ofresponsibility and lack of action because they choose to believe that as employees they have played a small part in harming the patient.    Well, the truth is that they know about it and how they all are working together and they are not stopping it.   But you the public can do something about this.  You can stop it from continuing by making their corporate actions public.  You can contact your legislators regarding all Federally Financed contracts that Kaiser and the Permanente are paid by, and expose their wrong doing.  

A letter from a former KP Patient

        It scares me to think that Kaiser could be the template for national health care! My husband and I will work ourselves silly to afford better! All physicians who are from other countries, and are working with the American public, need to understand, have respect for, and be able to communicate very well with Americans and in very good English. I was bombarded several times with physicians who patronized, looked down on, and who had little regard for Americans or for learning proper English. In addition, there were a total of three situations we experienced with Kaiser which resulted in our resolve never to return to their plan.

        My husband and I were members of Kaiser for three years back in the late 1970’s when I worked with Sacramento County. We joined again briefly about fifteen years later, but we quickly dropped out and pursued private insurance. I have a story that I have told many times for its amusing qualities. As a community college instructor in California for a number of years, diversity and our ability as a state to integrate so many immigrants from all over the world has always been a source of pride as a Californian. We are glad that our sons grew up knowing and understanding many cultures and having friends from many countries. For this reason, I have never had a problem with going to physicians from other countries.

        One time in the late 1970’s, my toenails started to give me problems after I did a lot of hiking in Yosemite National Park. I also noticed my toenails were not growing correctly. I saw a physician from India and explained to him my story about hiking, the pain I was having in my toes, and about how they were not growing correctly. He looked at me for a long time, not at my toes, but at me in general. He then said in halting English, “You look good on outside, so you are good on inside.” That is all he said. I looked at him in disbelief, and asked him again what he recommended. Again he looked at me and said, “You look good on outside; you do look good on inside I think. You have no problem. You look good.”

        I excused myself and left his office, marching right down to the patient relations department. I may not remember exactly the name of the department, but I was told that if I had a complaint that is where I should go to explain my issue regarding the doctor. I was assigned another physician, but after seeing the next doctor, the nurse at his office quickly walked up to me and said, “You’ll never get the proper treatment here; go see this doctor, an Internist. He will take you seriously and get you help." I had to make excuses as to why I should go to yet a different doctor, but I did eventually get proper medication.

        On another occasion after the birth of my first child, I had some strange cramping and was sent to a general practitioner for an exam. An older doctor and Caucasian, he was pleasant but began to talk about surgery to resolve post-birth problems. I had not even been examined yet. I sensed a strange logic in his explanation on why I should be operated on, and decided not to return to Kaiser again. I found a gynecologist who examined me and offered exercises and a diet plan which resulted in all ending of my symptoms and increased health. In 1975, when I was working with Sacramento, CA. County, my husband was having a lot of pain in his left heel, an area which he had had surgery on as a child.

        Because my husband’s family had been with Kaiser for a long time, and because we were newly married, I didn’t have any history at that time to cause me to second-guess their treatment. My husband agreed to surgery, which the doctor said would “update” the skin graft done in his childhood. After the surgery, my husband’s nerves in his left heel and foot were damaged and resulted in the loss of feeling. A year later my husband went to a private surgeon in Fresno specializing in the feet and leg areas.

        My husband was told that the surgeon was a “butcher” and ruined the graft that had been “state-of-the-art” in 1958 when he had had it done. Unfortunately, the damage was done, and my husband never obtained any compensation or feedback from Kaiser. In addition, the surgeon that had done the surgery was “no longer with Kaiser” as said by Kaiser’s administration office. Those are our stories, and I hope that others can learn from ours and others’ stories that it is important to accept only physicians who are culturally respectful of Americans, who have a very good command of English—our language, who have proven success in the area of specialty that is needed, and who do not push for unnecessary surgeries. “JTF”

June 26, 2005-  TRAGEDY AND TRAVESTY AT KAISER HOSPITAL - A letter from 
Dr. Nayvin Gordon regarding the substandard care his daughter, a twenty year old  San Francisco State University student received at Kaiser.  Were it not for the Kaiser diluted, overly managed, corporate cost cutting features of standard, accepted by the entire world  life saving procedures this young lady may well have not suffered permanent brain damage.  Kaiser really botched this case but instead of owning up to it pulled strings all over the State of California with every government agency in existence to not be held accountable. 

The clock is ticking Kaiser and you are going to fall hard when the bell rings. Your time is past and we are all just going to let you lie there in the mud where you deserve to be. 

Kaiser Southern California IT Horror Story
formerly at: but is at:

12/7/99 I was on a project with Kaiser Permanente (KP) in Pasadena, California in 1997-1998. KP was developing a new system, using Cool:gen (IEF). There were a number of Cool:gen consultants working on the project - a mixture of H-1Bs' and U.S. citizens.

KP wanted the U.S. consultants to sign on as full time employees but was only willing to pay us about $60K per year. ($60K per year is a low salary for an experienced I.T. professional in S.California). As consultants we were making about $60 per hour so needless to say, most of us declined the KP offer.

So what did KP do? It sent it's managers to the Phillipines, Egypt and India to hire employees on H-1B visas. And guess what? Some of these new hires had NO knowledege of Cool:gen. They had lied on their re'sume's and in the interview. The H-1B hires were being paid about $50-55K per year. And you guessed it, once we trained the H-1Bs' our contracts were terminated.

The Cool Cool-gen programmer
Linda Kilcrease email:


Often  insurance companies in an effort to save face and pretend that they are perfectly run will ignore and or deny their errors in judgement and action.  Rather than apologize and say they have made a mistake they will knowingly follow through to the end even though it is  bringing sesrous harm to a person and their family.  This is a immature, outdated business practice.  The people in this subsection were wrongly incarcerated by the Kaiser Plan and the for profit Permanente Medical Group.  Kaiser made a mistake and instead of correcting their mistake when it was discovered they chose to instead allow innocent people to be branded and incarcerated for the sole purpose of avoiding the publication of negative publicity.

Man Wrongly Convicted of Murder Freed After 21 Years Behind Bars
BUELL: Kaiser Hospital was caring for my son. And in January, before he died -- a few months before he died, he was bleeding internally when my sister was watching him. And they said that he had a ruptured spleen, and then it turned around that he had no ruptured spleen. And they don't know where he was bleeding or...

KING: You think the hospital was covering its own ineptitude?
MARSH: Well, to a degree, yes.
KING: Were you a scapegoat?
MARSH: I just think I was caught up in the overzealousness of child abuse at that time, yes.

Update on this story:
January 20, 2006 State Pays Wrongly Convicted Man
* Compensation board awards Kenneth M. Marsh $756,900. He served 21 years for a toddler's death that was later deemed accidental. By Maura Dolan, Times Staff Writer
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Other relevant link:

The Story of Lindsay Gentry and her parents Mike and Kathleen Gentry
"A Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy Miracle Story"

Link to a Letter from Mike and Kathleen Gentry to The American Public and All People of this world.
These are the medical highlights of Lindsay's first 6 years of life.

The Children of Yvonne Eldridge
Here is a brief overview of the heart-breaking story   of Yvonne Eldridge. It is an incredible story of lies and false allegations, of egregious misuse of public trust, of an astonishing breach in the criminal justice system, of courage to stand against a brutal system gone haywire, a system intent on the systematic destruction of a loving and close-knit family. A story of perseverence under the most supremely difficult of circumstances. A story so outrageous and so shocking you won't believe it could happen. Not here. Not in America. But happen it did, and in fact, is still going on in the quiet, unassuming town of Walnut Creek, California.

A warm, caring foster mom of two medically fragile infants, Yvonne was falsely accused of child endangerment by an unscrupulous doctor. Even though there was no evidence to back up his claims, Yvonne was put on trial. During the grand jury, a so-called medical "expert" testified under oath that Yvonne suffered from Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy (even though a scientific diagnosis was never made), and therefore, nothing she said could be believed. - Read more....



TB Isn't a Disease of the Distant Past  By KRIS HOGERHUIS


Cynthia Toussaint -Cynthia Toussaint’s career as a ballerina was ended when a pulled hamstring led to RSD. Today she is dedicated to RSD awareness and HMO reform.



Another HMO Horror Story- It can happen to anyone

November 4, 2005
‘Psyche’ patient escapes
By Bill Silverfarb
A Kaiser Medical Center patient is in custody following a bizarre incident that left a security guard hospitalized and a pregnant woman traumatized.  .....“If he is mentally ill I’m more angry at the people that allowed it to happen,” Singh said. “If he was on a suicide watch they weren’t doing a very good job of watching him.”

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Parents Overcome the Odds -- Twice by Dana Parsons
Ryan Royer

The odds of Chris and Rod Royer's 12-year-old son getting the debilitating hip ailment known as Perthes disease were 1 in 5,000. But he did, and Chris knew things were bad in December 2001 when Ryan approached her as she sat in the stands watching him play basketball and said, "Mom, I can't run."

The Royers soon learned that the prognosis for Perthes, which causes deterioration of the thigh bone in the hip socket, was not good, especially for children in Ryan's age group. Kids like Ryan typically had to hunker down, withstand the arthritic-like pain the disease brought, and wait for hip-replacement surgery as adults.

Then the Royers got lucky. Chris learned about a relatively unknown procedure known as "distraction" that was performed at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore by its originator, Dror Paley, an outside-the-box orthopedic surgeon who reported 95% success rates. 

The Royers, who live in Fullerton, asked their longtime health insurer Kaiser Permanente to pay for the surgery. The company refused, describing the procedure as "not medically necessary." The Royers, seeing Ryan's condition worsening to the point that pain sometimes left him in tears, signed up for it anyway. Last November, they took Ryan to Baltimore for the surgery, which cost about $50,000.

Once back in Orange County, Chris Royer took on Kaiser.  Read more.......

Leon Wolfsy's Op Ed - See December 18, 2002 Entry
We heard her speak the woman's name, the name of the previous patient. We didn't react at once, but when we heard the name repeated as they went out into the hall, the unthinkable occurred to us and we decided to make sure. 

KAISER Permanente Medical Group of Souther California: 10/2/1999:



May 6, 2013 - Woman Seeks $1M From Kaiser for Aggravation

A former Kaiser Permanente patient wants $1.2 million, claiming in Los Angeles court that Kaiser sent her to collections for bills she did not owe, and has damaged her credit.   This patient presented well documented evidence that Kaiser indeed had done this to her.  The public should read this article and the court filing linked below because this patient has done exactly what needs to be done to have problems like this resolved.   Kaiser finally did rectify their error.  The method used by this patient is one that all people should employ when faced with a situation such as this.   Please read the article linked below and the entire court filing to have a greater understanding as to exactly what people should do to fully present documentation that can be used as court evidence.

Article at:

Court filing at:

What Kaiser Does With the TRW Report They File on You
All wasn't good news however, as it took 6 months to get the health insurance I should have had all along. Kaiser turned me down because I had "been hospitalized once within the past year". Big mistake; never mark this box on a health insurance application. They denied me any form of coverage for any price, and apparently reported that to a "health insurance" version of the TRW credit reporting business. Everybody else I applied with turned me down as well, and I couldn't lie since it would be reported why Kaiser had denied me. Finally, in April, Blue Shield took my application, along with a $318 check to get the policy started. The 14th of that month they cashed the check. 



The story of John M. Kline as told by his wife, Mrs. Maria Flor Kline.
This is the story of a senior citizen that trusted, was mislead by Kaiser Permanente, received very poor medical care, and could not change his medical plan because Kaiser had total control over it. The Federal Government was robbed for Kaiser was paid for this deplorable medical service from government funds.  The citizens of this country were robbed because they funded this government Medicare program and trusted that it would be administered properly and that someone would be honestly providing oversight.  

The attorneys consulted in this case for representation of Mr. Kline and his family sold the family out to Kaiser.  Rather than honestly tell the family that it is a rigged system for all intents and purposes  they strung them along and gave them false hope.  They intentionally let the statute run out knowing full well that no one would ever question their behavior, including the California Bar Association.

Kaiser Permanente violated the law in overcharging for the actual cost of photocopying the medical records.  They took advantage of a family already in the throes of mourning to drag the entire matter along until the very short statute regarding malpractice in California would be past.  It was an intentional act on the part of many differnt people that consistently work together for personal financial gain at the detriment of the suriviving family members.

Mr. Kline was denied emergency medical care and from the family's information it sounds as if Kaiser also openly practiced active euthanasia on this patient.

The Bill and Marie O'Dell Story.
Bill and Marie are Senior Citizens that in my opinion have been misled by Kaiser.  Marie has diabetes and Kaiser did create serious medical complications with her care.  She has been placed in Kaiser Hospice, because "Kaiser will then pay for her medicine."  Mr. O'Dell was advised by Kaiser to give her Morphine for breathing problems.


A Letter From Cassie!

A heartfelt letter to Senator Frist from a hypothetical deceased infant patient, - Cassie - a child that never got to live due to Kaiser Permanente cost cutting and the desire of the Permanente physician to keep as much of his portion of  overall 50% year end profits as possible.  In this letter it graphically explains that Kaiser doesn't really care about the arbitration system as it is terribly flawed and corrupt. Kaiser comes out the winner and gets away with this type of medical care routinely.

Talk About Kaiser Chutzpah (Nerve)

The Killing Fields The ongoing slaughter in the offices, clinics, gurneys, and beds of Managed Care
 Kaiser and Stress Tests by Charles Phillips, M.D. 

Inside Kaiser's ER - An Expose



From Consumer Affairs -

Stay away from Kaiser Permanente - Kaiser Permanente is very much like the cigarrette companies, and makes money while maiming and killing thousands and thousands of people.  There is no telling how many people have died because of Kaiser Permanente. 

Was at my Kaiser Permanente gastroenterologist's today and asked

Complaint Station for Kaiser Permanente

DEATH by HMO The Jennifer Gigliello Story

Kaiser Papers Hawaii

The Home Page of Tom and Joan

The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights

Criminal Activity at Kaiser HMO Hospitals Computer Center

Kaiser Papers NorthWest

Medical Horror Stories

Concerned Kaiser Consumers

The Death of Richard Leonard during Routine Ear Surgery
COLUMN ONE Medicine's Fatal Code of Silence Eight-year-old Richard Leonard was undergoing `minor surgery' when he died at a Denver hospital. His anesthesiologist was known as a problem. But the peer review system kept his parents in the dark. Series: Medicine's Fatal Code of Silence. FIRST OF TWO PARTS.; [Home Edition]
BARRY SIEGEL. Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext). Los Angeles, Calif.: Aug 24, 1995. pg. 1

Oregon Initiative with many Kaiser abuse stories!

Another Victim of Kaiser
Commentary on the Kaiser Permanente fad of gastric bypass surgery.

Kaiser Treats Patient for Aids but he doesn't have it!

Victims of the Kaiser Healthcare


Here is another example of Kaiser at work.



Another Life Ruined By Kaiser - A Kaiser Botox Story

Kaiser ruined my life so, obviously, I pre-judge them. I am no longer with Kaiser. I was with Kaiser - Vallejo (North Bay Area) until 1995 when I changed to Health Net to save my life. The internist I saw through HN diagnosed my case in 2 minutes. She had never met me before. The ENT's and speech pathologists at Kaiser treated me for two years and had no clue. 

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A patient who suffered a brain injury-causing stroke successfully was awarded $1,871,820 against Kaiser Permanente by an Arbitrator.  The patient successfully argued that Kaiser doctors were negligent in failing to perform a simple CAT scan which would have diagnosed the problem.

December 7, 2007

Kaiser to pay $1.8 million in malpractice case
45-year-old man was not diagnosed with cerebral bleeding and later suffered permanent brain damage.

Kaiser Permanente will pay $1.8 million to the family of a man who suffered a brain aneurysm after his headache was wrongly attributed to grief.

In 2005, 45-year-old Ted Blackwell visited a Kaiser clinic in Orange County with a headache and neck pain. According to the binding arbitration document, doctors attributed his symptoms to grief over the death of his brother eight days earlier.

He received an injection and was sent home.

Blackwell returned to the clinic two days later, still in pain. According to the document, his daughter requested a CT scan because of her father's disorientation but doctors decided that wasn't necessary.

Two days later, Blackwell collapsed and underwent surgery at Hoag Hospital for bleeding in his brain. He suffered permanent brain damage and is unable to work, according to his attorney James McElroy of Del Mar.

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A long time California Kaiser patient suffered a painful injury. Consequently  this patient received the standard Kaiser treatment of delay diagnosis, deny treatment.  When Kaiser was pushed in a corner the physicians did mistreat the patient by only providing  the illusion of medical care.

The patient took a chance and left the Kaiser system, leaving the state of California and obtaining insurance elsewhere.  In a matter of days the patient was examined, tested and is now receiving life saving medical care that was denied by the Kaiser Permanente system.

"Had I not taken the gamble to leave the state and try to get insurance elsewhere I would have lost my legs.  I know that not everyone can do that and I have suffered financially - 
but I have my legs. "

Please read this material send directly by the patient to the Kaiser Papers at:

Jeannette D. Brown received medical treatment on August 6 and 8, 2000 from health care facilities owned and operated by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan for the Mid-Atlantic States ("Kaiser"). On August 9, Brown was admitted to the Fairfax Hospital emergency room for a perforated sigmoid colon and significant sepsis, where she remained for forty-two days. 

A cancer patient in the fight of his life suddenly has to fight his HMO at the same time. They cancelled his membership just when he needed it most. So we got involved to help him and what happened next could be a lesson for everyone.

Scott Bracy is the father of a three-month-old baby girl, and he’s fighting for his life. 

In August Scott was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. Doctors at Kaiser Permanente medical center in Riverside told him with aggressive chemotherapy treatment he would have a twelve percent chance of survival.

Then, just a few days before his fourth scheduled treatment, Scott received this letter from Kaiser, which says, “your membership in Kaiser foundation health plan has been revoked due to the intentional misrepresentation of your health history." An allegation that Scott vehemently denies.
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Kaiser Permanente officials are investigating the case of a 4-year-old Union City boy who died two hours after being released from the Kaiser hospital in Hayward.

Keoki Diaz, who was admitted on Monday because he was having trouble maintaining his balance, was released Tuesday. The boy died in his family's home that afternoon.

Family Sues S.F. Over 911 Delay
Asthmatic woman died awaiting help
Susan Sward, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, October 30, 1998

The lawsuit, filed in Superior Court, alleges ``wanton indifference'' to Chan's plight and seeks unspecified damages from the city and Kaiser Permanente. The suit alleges that Kaiser negligently reported the incident as a drug overdose.

High Court OKs Reduced Malpractice Sum in Girl's Death
State's $250,000 limit applies in suit over hospital `dumping'
Harriet Chiang, Chronicle Legal Affairs Writer
Friday, March 26, 1999
She arrived at 5:30 p.m. and was examined by a staff physician, Dr. Trach Phoung Dang, who wanted to do blood tests to determine whether she had a bacterial infection. But a doctor at Kaiser Permanente Hospital told him not to do so, saying that the tests could wait until she was transferred to Kaiser. The girl was enrolled in Kaiser's health plan.

Mom Fights Kaiser Over Special Tests
Daughter's dying from rare disorder
Sabin Russell, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, May 24, 1996
An East Bay mother whose 18- year-old daughter is dying of a rare metabolic disorder is picketing Kaiser Permanente after the HMO refused to refer the teenager for tests recommended by an outside specialist.

Letting Patients Choose How to Air Their Beefs
Arbitration may be one of the best ways to deal with health care gone wrong. But it doesn't always seem that way when the little guy has no choice.
- Reynolds Holding
Sunday, July 26, 1998

The pains in her back and arm had grown intolerable since late 1996, crippling her ability to earn a living or really to do anything beyond lying in a Vicodin haze at her Santa Rosa home.

Parents target drugs after kids' deaths
- Leslie Fulbright
Friday, January 14, 2005 
A Danville couple whose children were killed by an allegedly intoxicated driver said Thursday they were working with Kaiser Permanente and state Sen. Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch, to develop legislation that would place tougher controls on prescription drugs.

Bob and Carmen Pack, who recently learned that the Walnut Creek nanny accused of running down their two children might have been abusing the prescription painkiller Vicodin, said at a news conference outside Kaiser's corporate offices they were pushing for a statewide, real-time database that would allow doctors and pharmacists to access medical records.

Their children Troy, 10, and Alana, 7, died in October 2003 after allegedly being hit by Jimena Barreto, 46.

According to transcripts from grand jury testimony, Barreto told police she had taken Vicodin and muscle relaxants the day of the accident. A Kaiser doctor who treated her days before the accident testified that she had been seen by several doctors and given six different Vicodin prescriptions.

  Kaiser Permanente and Medical Murder-by Scott G. Beach*
Patient story about an intestinal parasite infection that was inappropriately treated by Kaiser resulting in long term damage to the patient. The patient began picketing Kaiser Permanete Morse Avenue.  Patient states that Kaiser retaliated against him by filing false criminal charges.  The standard accusation of mental health problems and disappearance of conventional medical treatment records was made by Kaiser staff to discredit the patient.  Further information on the patient at:

Bleeding the Patient: The Consequences of Corporate Health Care

David Himmelstein, MD, Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH

Ida Hollander, MD

Common Courage Press, 2001

Reviewed by Kenneth R. Kahn

During the Middle Ages, the "cure" concocted by so-called "doctors" was the use of bloodsucking leeches to drain the "evil spirits" or "dark humours" from the patient. Today, we've advanced so far and so fast in this regard that the robber barons of the 19th century would be envious of the ingenuity and entrepenurial spirit of today's HMO executives and bean counters.

"Bleeding the Patient" is not simply the charts and graphs and statistical study of how people are unequally treated by America's nightmarish system of "health care' but for the army of bean counters and CEO's "Bleeding the Patient" is a way of life, a creed and code to live by.

The unfortunate part is that while this volume deals with an important, timely and life- and-death subject, it does so graphically, statistically and mostly fails to convey to the reader the life and death story, the human equation, of how Americans cope with a system to which its rulers are not subjected and which causes untold suffering and misery. After reading this volume, one can only come to the conclusion that the only thing worse than an HMO is being uninsured and that sometimes there may exist little difference between the two except for paying the bill.

A real life personal example of the tyranny of HMOs was driven home to me when my wife underwent surgery at a hospital. The HMO was Kaiser Permanente. The doctor committed what was to Kaiser an unpardonable sin--he admitted her a day early, an unscheduled admission due to a low blood count. To extract its revenge, while my wife lay recovering from surgery, Kaiser sent a social worker to see my wife and told her that she had a choice of being to either a "skilled nursing facility" or to obtain "home health care" at our expense. Keep in mind that I have been paying premiums to Kaiser for years. The ultimatum was delivered as a result of the early admission by the doctor. Additionally, my wife was approached by a nurse working for Kaiser to ascertain her condition and to get her discharge as early as possible. In the end, I had verbal confrontation with the Kaiser nurse and told them that if they did not back off, I would be filing suit for malpractice based on misdiagnosis. In the end, my spouse was driven home in an ambulance at Kaiser's expense. However, they refused to pay for home health services which we then contracted. We were told by the staff at the hospital that this conduct by Kaiser is commonplace and that they harass Kaiser patients regularly. Since the hospital has a contract with Kaiser, such conduct is tolerated. Additionally, we were told that Kaiser sends people to "skilled nursing facilties" at 10 p.m. and regularly monitors the conditions of Kaiser patients to send them home as quickly as possible.

In the end, its all about money, or as my sister-in-law put, "one day they'll just give you an instruction book and a scapel and tell you to do it yourself."

Little Traci McGill
April 18, 1984
Author: Pam Slater

In what is described as the largest award ever in a Sacramento legal malpractice suit, a jury awarded an 11-year-old quadriplegic and her parents $2.35 million Tuesday after deciding the family's lawyer violated an attorney-client relationship.

The jury of 11 men and one woman unanimously found that attorney Rodney A. Klein breached his duties as the family's lawyer during a medical malpractice suit that ended in an out-of-court settlement in 1978.

The jury unanimously awarded Traci McGill and her parents, Michael and Carolyn McGill, about $1 million in general damages, $469,392 in interest and $870,000 in exemplary damages.

The McGills' current attorney, Edward P. Freidberg, who specializes in legal malpractice cases, said it is the largest such award ever granted in Sacramento County.



Kaiser Accused Of Losing Baby's Body

Baby Autumn lived for only two hours. Now her parents are dealing with losing her, not once, but twice. The Sacramento couple claims Kaiser Roseville lost their daughter's body.
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Kaiser Apologizes For Burial Mix-Up
Three Infants Mistakenly Buried Together
POSTED: 7:16 pm PDT May 23, 2006
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Hospital now says it tried to call priest's family on day of his death rather than three days after. 
By John Geluardi and Rebecca Vesely

May 20, 2004 - Kaiser not forthcoming over mix-up at morgue  - Kaiser tried to cover up a missing Priest's body replacing a elderly woman's for a cremation!

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center-Oakland is investigating how an Episcopal priest's body was misidentified last week, and changes in its morgue's record-keeping have already been instituted, hospital officials said Wednesday. 

However, Kaiser officials are still declining to answer mounting questions from family members as to how Thomas Douglas "Dewey" Schwartzenburg's body was mistaken for that of an elderly Fruitvale woman and released to a mortuary, which cremated the body. 

Kaiser representative P.J. Ballard said the 59-year-old Schwartzenburg drove himself to the Oakland hospital's emergency room early May 11 and died from a heart attack shortly after. But information about what happened after Schwartzenburg died is sketchy.

Couple Claim Hospital Lost Baby's Remains
Wednesday, April 21, 1999

Oakland -- Oakland couple has filed a lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente Hospital claiming that the HMO lost the body of their stillborn daughter.  

The child, Malika Armstrong, was stillborn at Kaiser's Hayward facility on November 23. Her parents, Elisaia Levingston and Joe Armstrong Jr., claim that while awaiting her autopsy results, the hospital informed them that it could not locate her body.

What happened to the body is a mystery. Attorneys allege that the hospital had the remains cremated against the parents' wishes. Kaiser officials yesterday said the hospital doesn't perform or authorize cremations and doesn't know what happened. Despite an hospital investigation and an extensive search -- even through hospital laundry -- the baby's body has never been found.

The suit alleges that after telling the parents the baby's body had been misplaced, the hospital offered Levingston her placenta for burial instead and $15,000 for the loss of the child's body. The suit claims that hospital officials told the parents at one point that the remains might have accidentally been placed with another body that was to be disposed of.


Kaiser giving parents the wrong baby stories

Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT)
March 12, 1989

A mother given the wrong baby when she left a hospital maternity ward last month cuddled her own son for the first time Friday and said all she wants to do now is ``get to know him.''

Days of suspense and a barrage of medical tests confirmed what Rosetta Kirks began to suspect earlier in the week - that the infant she took home from
Kaiser Permanente Hospital in West Los Angeles was not the baby she gave birth to Feb. 11.

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