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Monday, January 28, 2013

Doctor: How A Preventable Medical Error Killed My Mother

Jonathan Welch with his mother. (Family photo)

Dr. Jonathan Welch with his mother. (Family photo)

Medical errors in hospitals kill more Americans every year than AIDS, breast cancer and auto accidents combined.

But Dr. Jonathan Welch never thought his mother would be one of those statistics. After all, he’s an emergency physician in Boston.

But when his mother took a turn for the worse during cancer treatment in Wisconsin, he went from confident doctor to helpless and lost son, afraid of questioning the care she was getting, for fear it would become worse.

In other words, he became just like most of us.

Welch told Here & Now’s Robin Young, “One of the surprising things after having this story out, is how many individuals have reached out to me with very similar stories. This is not a story told in isolation.”

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