Betsy Ashton was joined by Dr. Paul Marik, psychiatrist Dr. Sheila Furey and Maria Brogna, who tragically lost her husband Dan in January.
Maria shared her harrowing story about her unsuccessful—yet incredibly valiant— fight to save her husband. Dr. Marik, who consulted with Maria and one of Dan’s ICU physicians during the weeks-long ordeal, tells of the utter desperation that set in when when one doctor came on duty and immediately reversed a treatment for Dan that was ordered by another ICU doctor. It was a treatment that was working. That doctor’s reversal accelerated Dan’s decline and subsequent death and instead used the hospital protocol recommended by the FDA. “The hospital was unwilling to budge,” said Dr. Marik. “This is simply an astonishing tragedy.”
Dr. Furey said that so many are simply too afraid to stand up to hospitals—especially when they refuse to let families in to see their loved ones, as they did to Maria.
Though Maria lost her fight, she isn't giving up. She is fighting to keep the memory of Dan alive through helping others to get access to early treatment. HERE is the entire episode.