Quad-Amputee Sues Hospital Over Misdiagnosis

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A quadruple amputee says he would have his limbs today if he was properly diagnosed at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento.

Robert Downey and his attorney, Moseley Collins, are suing the hospital as a result.

“I’m a very independent person…now I’m a very dependent person,” said Downey in an interview Thursday.

He says he went to Sutter Memorial Hospital on three occasions in 2011 seeking a diagnosis and treatment. Downey says the hospital’s staff never administered the tests needed to give him an accurate diagnosis.

Collins says Downey eventually learned he was infected with MSSA, a “nasty cousin” of MRSA, a type of staph infection resistant to certain antibiotics.

“We want to make sure that hospitals know that they have to treat these infections more seriously…they have to be better,” said Collins.

Sutter Hospital is recognized nationally for quality of care and safety. A spokesman for the hospital would not comment on this case, citing the ongoing litigation.

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  • sedonacole

    What a horrendous mistake!! My heart goes out to Robert, and the countless others who suffer the negligent mistakes hospitals make. Good for him for having the will to stand up to the hospital! Having worked as a Medical Device consultant representing a DVT (blood clot) prevention product, I came across numerous questionable practices that sacrificed patient’s safety! I only hope patients consider getting a second and third opinion as a result of this story, and be their own best advocate! Microbiologist Michelle Moore did just that when she had recurrent staph, and found a natural way to keep it permanently at bay, having a background in science. We don’t all have that type of education, but others do and we have to find them. God bless you Robert! My prayers are with you for as wonderful life as possible.