Transcript for Man Dies From Nosebleed, Wife Sues Hospital
She was witty funny shark this attack. -- Hines a respected local attorney. She fought for the underdog kids and her career. With a lifelong commitment to helping others he always talked a good fight. Then 1 morning 2008 -- himself was in the fight of his life. 4 in the morning his wife Amy found bill in the bathroom leaving the -- this week. Yes -- that's it was -- six. Thus began a ten day ordeal that ended with bill Hines death. But it started with the recurrent nose -- and five trips to the emergency room. In less than 24 hours it's really -- Station was feeling fine. Always Saturday. Nose bleeds a relatively common and most are readily treated but in rare cases people can die. The western journal of medicine reports knows. Leads can be fatal when a patient has an underlying health condition. In those cases the journal recommends paying attention to the patient's health history. Careful physical exam checking the patient's red blood cells and -- -- to stave off death. -- lying on the physicians to tell you what to do to guide you and to set -- plan and to make you safe. The problem was bill had underlying medical problems -- a mild heart murmur and an undiagnosed. Blood cancer. Heinz widow Amy sued Swedish medical center in Ballard physicians she believes they should've done more tests including checking his blood count. By at least the third trip to the ER. It became really clear that she wasn't being treated seriously they were treating him as I think the guy with the nose bleed. Not until bill -- fourth visit to the Swedish Ballard ER did the doctors take a complete blood count. The test showed he'd lost nearly half of his red blood cells which are essential to carry oxygen to vital organs. Instead of a blood transfusion the doctor ordered IV fluids. But the bleeding continued. And when Heinze went back for his now fifty ER visits this time to the Swedish first -- campus. A blood count now showed he'd lost more than half his -- red blood cells. In the trial opposing experts argued both for and against a -- transfusion. -- suffered a heart attack related. To not. And I don't leave it required twenty -- again this is a guy who. As far as we knew had no underlining the serious medical issues and who was he met him at -- stable. But after he was finally admitted to the hospital his condition deteriorated. And he developed congestive heart failure. No matter what they did there's making -- -- here they did the best thinkers. But it just didn't survive. Jurors ultimately agreed that transfusion or not. -- death was not related to his care at the Swedish ER's. I went the distance and I know that bill would have -- the same thing for me. In spite of the verdict -- -- -- -- she did the right thing she wants to share her story and warn others to push for tests. And take nose -- seriously. I -- really. Just hope that there's a cost about from doing this. Traci that are coma for problem solvers.
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