Patient Story

Your Name: Victor Riga

Patient's Name/Relationship: Same

City/State: Punta Gorda, Fl

When did event occur (what year)? Nov 2017

Where did event occur? Acute Care General Hospital

What type of medical harm did you experience or witness? Healthcare-Acquired Infection

Please describe what happened. Your story will appear on our website exactly as you have written it unless there is a problem, in which case we will contact you for clarification. Had hemi-colectomy surgery to remove cancerous tissue. Developed an infection at the stomach incision after one day. This led to staples having to be removed and and wet dressings to care for the open infection. Use of antibiotics subsequently led to contracting c-diff. Now undergoing Folfox chemo treatment and have since developed c-diff twice. I attribute all this to my stay at Fawcett Memorial hospital for the surgery. What should have been a 4 or 5 day stay ended up being 10 days due to the infection and c-diff. The $200,000 plus invoice (excluding doctors/surgeons) just added insult to injury. 

What was the outcome of the medical harm issue? Extended length of hospital stay