The horrific nightmare I have endured will be brought to light through deposing of all parties who have shamelessly denied their responsibilities. I will be disclosing the names and positions of all parties involved.
All depositions from the defendants are taken by the law firm Mirch and Mirch, San Diego, CA.
My name is MARGIE SHEPHERD, PLAINTIFF, I AM THE VICTIM. The following is my opinion. All charges against the recovery room nurse, surgeon, and a well-known bank have been filed in the Los Angeles courts. All documents, declarations, witnesses’ statements, billing etc. is in the possession of my legal counsel.
The first defendant my legal counsel will depose is Kita Stovall, RN.
The following will clearly outline the negligence that started this horrific nightmare. I have lived with for four and half years.
August 31, 2005: I was ready for surgery, but, I was scared !
On the morning of September 3, 2005:
Where am I? Who am I? I am disoriented. Does anybody know me? I’m yelling and pounding on what seems to be a table next to me because I couldn’t open my eyes to see where I was. My head hurt, my neck hurt, my breasts hurt and I hurt all over ! I was in such pain. I had been bandaged from the top of my head all the way to my waist. The openings from where the drainage tubes had been placed at the base of my skull, I could feel the openings. There was drainage running down my pajamas. The back of my pajamas was soaked. I was lying in a bed of fecal incontinence. I was in excruciation pain. I could not open my eyes. I finally found the telephone and started pushing buttons. And then someone came on, and I yelled, “Help where am I? What is going on?” A few minutes later the hotel management arrives. From the voices I could tell one was a man and one was a woman. I heard the concern in their voices. I was asked “where is your nurse?” I said, “I don’t know. I hired through the doctor’s office a per diem nurse to take care of me.” They wanted me to describe her, but I couldn’t. I explained I had memory of only one nurse, the surgeon’s nurse, Kita Stovall, RN who took care of me in his overnight recovery facility. I gave a description of her based off of what I remembered and that was of course before I was administered a heavy drug called Demerol. To be exact I was give eight 12.5 mg of Demerol in a period of less than five hours. It was discovered additional Demerol was given during the night. However, dosages were not logged. This happened in the surgeon’s overnight recovery facility. The only nurse I remember was Kita Stovall, RN. She administered the injections through my IV. My memory STOPPED.
Management had left, and the phone rings. This individual identified herself as Kita Stovall, RN, the nurse from the surgeon’s office and said that SHE was supposed to be TAKING CARE OF ME! “I didn’t hire you!” When I met the coordinator at the surgeons’ office, she specifically stated it would be an outside per diem nurse. Kita Stovall, RN had placed herself in the position to be my nurse at the hotel. She had continued to administer Demerol or a substance strong enough to keep me drugged. Management stopped her from returning to my room.
Seven and half hours of reconstructive surgery, under full blown anesthetic, eight injections of 12.5 mg of Demerol within a five-hour period with additional Demerol given in the middle of the night, dosages not charted which was discovered later, seventeen hours after surgery I am discharged, I am in my pajamas, bandaged from the top of my head all the way to my waist with drainage tubes draining down the back of my neck. I had endured not only the facial surgery, but breast surgery on both breasts as will as lip enhancement. I am then taken into a bank in Beverly Hill, this happened five hours after being discharged on September 1, 2005, I HAVE NO MEMORY OF THIS ! I was taken from the doctors overnight recovery facility by the nurse Kita Stovall. The nurse had instructed the driver to take us to the bank ! My question is, would you remember writing a $19,000.00 check and supposedly signing it to pay a nurse under the guise of receiving payment for nursing services in advance especially when you were initially advised by the surgeon that you would only be in town three to five days? Kita Stovall was a part time nurse and making $30.00 per hour. When at that particular time you don’t know who you are, you don’t know what you’re doing, and you don’t know where you are going next. From there I was then taken back to the hotel and medicated heavily again. Still no memory of what I had gone through from the time the Demerol was being administered to me at the doctor’s recovery facility. All these details were reconstructed much later. I was not WELL nor did I have MEMORY !
The next day, on September 2, Kita Stovall instructed the driver to take us to the surgeon’s office for a follow up appointment. I couldn’t remember for the longest time being there or exactly what I was even doing there. However, she did not go into the office with me. She took me to the door and then disappeared. All I could remember her saying was, “Don’t tell the surgeon ! ” Don’t tell the surgeon ! ” After the doctors’ appointment she met me out by the elevator. My bandage had been removed and my hair was matted down with blood. I was swollen. I was black and blue and I still had some drainage going down the back of my neck, though the tubes had been removed. All I remember from that day was being told, “ Don’t tell the surgeon ! ”
Stovall then instructed the driver to take us to Beverly Hills to Louis Vuitton. She did not want the doctor to know where I was going, she didn’t want ME to know where I was going and once again she refused to let the driver communicate with me. She took me and my credit card into Louis Vuitton and ended up purchasing $5,466.63 of Louis Vuitton products. The nurse took me and bag after bag after bag out of the store. We returned to the vehicle and she takes me back to the hotel. I was sick, I hurt, I didn’t know where I was. Nonetheless back to the hotel we go and I have absolutely no memory of any of this. I was continually medicated, it was validated by those individuals that tried to call the room and there was no answer. However, Kita Stovall did speak to three parties and stated she had just medicated me. I want to stress that when the surgeon removed the bandages my hair was matted with blood. There was drainage going down my neck, I was sick and I had absolutely no business going shopping let alone in Beverly Hills ! Kita Stovall medicated me repeatedly and then would leave. She took her husband, my credit card and used the hotel limo service and went dining in Beverly Hills. Stovall called the surgeon’s office on September 1, the day I was discharge and quit her job.
With the amount of Demerol in my system at the time of discharge and repeated medicating with Demerol and/or a foreign substance strong enough to keep me drugged can cause serious side effects. It falls into the category of overdose. A serious overdose can create respiratory problems, coma, clammy skin, apnea, cardiac arrest and death ! In fact in the Physician Drugs Reference (PDR) it states that if you have serious stomach problems Demerol should not be prescribed for the patient. My digestive disorder involves the stomach, but is much more complex. All I know is she continued to inject the drug. I was sick and she was gone.
Over the past five years, the number of nurses’ malpractice cases has risen at an alarming rate. Nurses’ malpractice is one of the most serious problems in the medical profession today.
Nurses’ malpractice is simply defined as negligence by a nursing professional, which can result to serious physical and also emotional damages to the patient: and even deaths.
Only two decades later, the New York Court of Appeals recognized a more modern view of nursing practice and rejected the “ordinary negligence” standard.
While courts have in the past held that a nurse could be liable for negligence, but not for malpractice, “ the role of the registered nurse had changed, in the last few decades, from that of a passive, servile employee to that of an assertive, decisive health care provider. Today, the professional nurse monitors complex physiological data, operates sophisticated lifesaving equipment, and coordinates the delivery of myriad of patient services.”
In recognition of the modern scope of nursing practice, the court held that a nurse may be held liable for malpractice.
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