"(CBS) Hoping to draw attention to medical errors that kill as many as 100,000 Americans a year, actor Dennis Quaid gives a detailed account for the first time on television of the medical mistakes that nearly killed his newborn twins.And this is why I do not believe in 'caps' on malpractice suits.
Quaid and his wife, Kimberly, speak to 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft for an interview to be broadcast this Sunday, March 16, at 7p.m. ET/PT.
Quaid twins Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace nearly died last November at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles when they were mistakenly given a massive drug overdose.
Quaid believes such mistakes occur too often. 'They happen in every hospital in every state in this country and…I've come to find out, there's 100,000 people a year killed...in hospitals by a medical mistakes,' he tells Kroft. 'It’s bigger than AIDS. It’s bigger than breast cancer. It’s bigger than automobile accidents and yet, no one seems to be really aware of the problem,' says Quaid."
I believe the bill in national congress would limit the maximum award to $100,000 ... well hell, that would hardly cover the hospital stay for these kids while they recovered much less pay for any future bills which might arise!
I am glad that Quaid has brought this into the public, because I believe it is happening a LOT more than we are being told ... its just that most people don't have the funds to afford an attorney to go after the hospitals.
Cancer is a good case in point. I know of three cases where people have gone in for cancer treatment, had the cancer 'removed' but then have it reoccur again ater in a place that isn't normal ... my mother was a victim of this. For 2 years they gave her monthly, then weekly, blood transfusions before they decided to finally scope her and even after she had tested 'clean' for three years they found the colon cancer cells had moved up into the stomach where they didn't NORMALLY belong.
A friend of mine's husband went in for removal of esphogial cancer ... tested clean for a year but then suddenly he started having troubles coughing and they found that the same cancer was growing along his rib where they had made the cut to operate -- agian where it wouldn't NORMALLY occur.
Both of us were told this is a very rare thing....
I'm sorry --- but it seems to me that the drs are getting careless when they are removing the tissue. And some of them need to be taken to task for their carelessness.
I applaud Quaid on his bravery ... for bringing this to such a bright spotlight!!!