Patient Story

Your Name: Wanda

Patient's Name/Relationship: Wanda

City/State: Fountain Valley, CA

When did event occur (what year)?2012

Where did event occur? Acute Care General Hospital

What type of medical harm did you experience or witness? Combination of Above or "Other". Please explain.

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. I was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor and required surgery. The procedure went well and the doctors and nurses, for the most part, were skilled and attentive. However, without consideration for any side effects, and without my understanding, I was given eleven MRI with contrast scans over a short period of time. Since then, I have discovered that the contrast typically used causes damage to the kidneys. Now I live with stage 4 kidney disease and worry each day that my GFR will decline, leaving me with only the hope of finding a kidney donor or a lifetime of dialysis. 

What was the outcome of the medical harm issue? Serious or life-threatening injury