Op-Ed

Op-Ed

Mom’s heartbreaking ordeal

By Pamela Duarte
On the afternoon of July 16, 2018, my 94-year-old mother’s back was broken and her spine severed in the imaging room of the Ojai Valley Community Hospital. 
She became paralyzed from the waist down with the possibility of losing the use of her arms as well. As the neurosurgeon at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura where she was transferred told me the next morning, it was the worst possible outcome as her pain pathways remained intact. As a result, she was in unbearable pain any time the nurses needed to move her as well as in severe danger of further damage. After she was eight days in Community Memorial, they couldn’t keep her any longer and she requested to be sent home to hospice. She died six days later.

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