Skooter reporting 06/17/12
At sunrise on Aug. 5, 2011, an unenthusiastic patient Willie Miles walked into County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for a scheduled knee surgery. The next 20 hours, Michelle Jones, sister of Miles found her bro in the hospital’s ICU not responding, breathing through a ventilator, his body bloated like a balloon and the next few days, doctors cut his bloodless right leg above the knee.
Six months later, Miles, 54, of Los Angeles, died, never regaining full consciousness. The surgery was supposed to be a routine knee replacement but it turned out to be a routine with the cutting of a key artery, heavy blood loss and no blood on hand to replenish his body before it was permanently damaged.
Miles family continued to ask the same baffling question – how on earth their bro bleed to death inside a well equipped teaching hospital, surrounded with medical pundits whose main concern is to save lives?
This is the story of why Miles was named “Patient B” by federal inspectors to preserve his privacy.
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