Ted Babbitt spoke to WFTV9 in the segment titled, “Family sues Wuesthoff Medical Center claiming loved one couldn’t get ICU bed.” The piece focuses on a lawsuit filed by the victim’s family against Wuesthoff Medical Center in Rockledge, Florida. The lawsuit alleges that due to a lack of an intensive care unit (ICU) bed, the subsequent wait of more than 10 hours and not moving the victim to another hospital led to the 31-year old woman’s’ death.
Babbitt said in the interview, “I don’t think there’s any question that Shannon would have survived had she been transferred. Her condition was treatable. She needed, more than anything else, to get fluid.”
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The nearly 50-page lawsuit claims that Shannon Lawley went to the ER in February 2012 with complaints of abdominal pain and shortness of breath. She was diagnosed with several conditions including pancreatitis. According to the lawsuit, there were no available ICU beds and there were also six other patients waiting for an available ICU bed. Lawley ended up on life support and died weeks later.
Ted Babbitt points out that the defendants named in the lawsuit put profit over people. “It was a corporate practice to pack this hospital, and they didn’t lose the money they would get from her very good health insurance,” said Babbitt.
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