Are you looking toward a bright, new future? You’ll be able to meet your weight loss and health goals! You’ll be able to fit into your wedding dress again! The world will be your oyster after your bariatric surgery!
However, a week following your surgery, you’ve begun vomiting. You are confused and clumsy all the time. Your eyes are tired and jumpy. The post-op visit lands you back in the hospital, but no one can figure out what is going on. In an effort to stop your vomiting, the doctor issues an NPO order, and only allows IV fluids. Within just a few days, you are suffering from memory loss and paralysis. So much for your weight loss goals.
If this seems like a one in a million event, think again. It is happening all over the country. A deficiency in vitamin B1, or thiamin, causes a disease called Wernicke’s Encephalopathy. Thiamin is a lubricant for the nerves in your brain. Sugar intake burns it off; once it has been burned away, any additional sugar intake will lead to brain damage. Thiamin is easily administered through an IV (or your regular diet), but hospitals don’t always require their physicians to check for this deficiency. Without treatment, patients end up in a coma or a long-term care facility.
Malpractice Lawyer in Atlanta
If you or a loved one has been injured by Wernicke’s Encephalopathy or Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome because of the negligence of a doctor or medical facility, you have the right to seek justice. In Atlanta, Matt Harman and the team at the Harman Law Firm will fight for you. Call for an appointment or chat with us online!
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