I have noted below a Facebook message Medical Malpractice Awareness received from Drew Martin. The message is about the wrongful death of his infant daughter and how the medical industry is exempt from any form of transparency or accountability.
The message received from Mr. Martin is a transcript of the speech he made to the WI State legislators. Mr. Martin also cites the many issues he is up against due to the laws passed by this state to insure he and his wife, Erin have no recourse regarding the tragic death of Grace.
Mr. Martin relates what he is up against in the state of WI. However, the killing of his daughter is not a state issue, it is a national crises. Little Grace is just another example of what happens when you have a 2.8 Trillion Dollar business being able to use its vast wealth to buy congress, the senate, congress’s regulatory agencies, the 50 state medical boards, state legislators, the courts, justice system and independent news.
I do not know if Mr. Martin understands this but the WI State legislators he is addressing along with his federal congressman and senators are far more responsible for the killing of baby Grace than the hospital he refers to.
The only people who have the means, ability and authority to stop the mass killing of us Americans are your state and federal representatives. However, these corrupt bastards have sold us out in favor of power, politics, greed and the vast amount of money they are making by selling laws, votes and influence to the highest bidder. This is exactly why the medical industry posts seven plus lobbyists to each member of the congress and senate, out spend all other lobbyists by a ratio of 4:1 and in recent years paid congress 5.6 Billion Dollars. The end result of this investment is exactly what Drew and Erin are finding out or as a victim of this totally corrupt government they have no voice, no rights, no civil liberties, no place to turn and there is no such thing as justice unless you can afford to buy it no different than the US Medical Establishment.
The above also defines why US Medical Care is far and above the most expensive in the world generating the worst results amongst all developed nations. It also helps define why 440,000 to well over 1,000,000 Americans are being needlessly killed each year by the medical industry and the congress they have bought and paid for. Moreover, baby Grace is no different than my wife and the millions of other Americans being killed as she is nothing more than what I have come to call a 40 per-center. This number is derived from a March, 2013 article in a “Day in Health” where they state out of the 38,000,000 Americans who seek medical care each year 15,000,000 are harmed or killed and this is a 40% error defect ratio. This same article also claims harming a patient is very lucrative as the medical industry stands to make an extra 30 to 40% more in profits for each person they harm as they are the only business in the world that can create an error defect and charge and get paid to fix it. I guess this is just another return on investment the medical cartel obtains from the vast sums being paid your state and federal representatives.
This is not the country we were born in and there is no such thing as freedoms or constitutional rights. In fact, I believe the President, Congress, the Senate and Supreme Court have become the biggest enemy the people of this country have ever faced and it is going downhill from here when a BUCK has been allowed to trump human life.
Dayton Smith, Jr.
Medical Malpractice Awareness
Facebook message Medical Malpractice Awareness received from Drew Martin regarding the terrible death of his infant daughter, Grace.
I thought you might be interested in a speech I gave last week at the Wisconsin state Capitol regarding Wisconsin’s malpractice laws and our inability to have our case seen in a court room.
I’ve had several people ask me if there is audio or video of my speech- I know that WPR recorded audio of the whole event, but I don’t believe it’s posted anywhere. Instead here is a copy of what I said at the Capitol on 10/15/15, right here:
My name is Drew Martin and my wife’s name is Erin. We are both 29 years old.
The (upcoming) proposal discussed here today is an amazing, much needed step in the right direction. While it is the right thing to do, there is even more work ahead of us. Let me tell you how the current medical malpractice laws have impacted my family.
When I found out, I was so excited that I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat and I could barely keep it a secret.
My wife was healthy and so was our baby
1. We had a girl. We named our daughter Grace Magdalena. She was born on August 4th, 2014 Grace was 9 lbs., 3. Oz
2. Grace didn’t have a pulse and wasn’t breathing
And 3. Erin was hemorrhaging.
After a moment, the emergency staff was able to get Grace’s heart going, but they were using equipment to breathe for her. Grace was taken to the NICU to be evaluated and Erin was taken into an emergency surgery where she received a lifesaving procedure.
After my wife was released from the ICU, we were shown a brain scan and were told, “This is Grace’s brain. Everything you see that’s white is damage.” The image of her brain was almost all white. We were told that she would never walk, she’d never talk, she’d never be able to take care of herself, and she’d never be able to socialize. We were told that she would have no semblance of life; she’d require around the clock care. We were told it was best to let her go.
Erin and I made the heart breaking decision to remove her breathing tube. We did it alone, in a beautiful garden. The doctors told us they thought she would pass quickly and peacefully, but when we removed the breathing tube, she was breathing on her own. Three days after the tube was removed Grace took her last breath; Grace never cried, and those last three days she didn’t move and she didn’t open her eyes again- but her last breaths, they were not peaceful.
Naturally, questions began to come up between me and Erin: Would we ever have kids? Is it safe? Could it happen again? Did we do something wrong? …. Did the hospital?
We’ve discovered through our search for answers that the hospital missed some big signs that there were complications and that Grace and my wife were danger and in doing so, they failed to act as they should have, as they were expected to.
He then explained that the reason for not taking a case where a child dies as a result of medical malpractice in Wisconsin is because of the unique laws here. In a medical malpractice case like ours, the laws regarding non-economic damages are what make my right to a civil trial with a jury impossible.
* We were told even though he believed my case had merit, the benefit of winning was outweighed by the risk of money that could be lost.
My next conversations with lawyers were the same… but my questions became more direct:
I also asked if Erin had died instead of my daughter, would they be more willing to take my case. They said yes.
Soak that up: The mistakes from the hospital staff would be exactly the same and if we would have decided to keep Grace on life support or if my wife had died instead of my daughter, we would have an investigation. I would be allowed access to the courts.
We’ve learned that it’s better for doctors and nurses in the state of Wisconsin if their patient dies; because it not only decreases their liability- it removes it altogether.
We’ve learned that hospitals can report false numbers about their own levels of medical malpractice simply because mistakes are allowed to be swept under the rug.
We’ve learned that families like mine, won’t ever get real answers or any sort of redress.
My daughter is buried in Minocqua, right next to her great-grandmother. My brothers helped me lower her into the earth; there was no machine used, we lowered her by hand.
I informed Senator Tiffany that Grace was buried in his district, just miles from his home, and I told him about our situation. Senator Tiffany told me, “The law isn’t perfect. There are not perfect laws.”
Erin and I are not alone. There are many parents just like us that learn their constitutional rights to a trial are void after they lose a child to medical malpractice. The reason they are not lined up behind me, clamoring for the turn to speak, is because losing a child is the most difficult thing they’ll ever go through. Standing up here, in front of strangers, talking about the worst moment of their lives… it’s absolutely ridiculous that any parent needs to do this. Quite frankly, it’s unbelievable.
Wisconsin should be ashamed.
Some from the state will tell you that the issue is complicated, but the truth is… All issues are complicated when you’re trying to circumvent constitutional rights.
As parents, it’s our moral obligation to protect our families and that includes children. It’s your moral obligation to protect our right to a civil trial and remedy, which at the moment has been taken away from me. We must create a system of accountability and maybe there will be fewer parents sent home with keepsakes like this.