Military courts provide little help to medical malpractice victims

Military Times, July 10, 2016

Rebekah Moani Daniel arrived at Naval Hospital Bremerton in Washington state with her husband, Walter Daniel, on March 8, 2013, to bring the couple’s new baby into the world. And at 3:38 p.m. the following day, she did just that, giving birth to a healthy daughter, Victoria, in what seemed to be a nearly textbook delivery.

A labor and delivery nurse at Bremerton, Daniel was surrounded by trusted co-workers, so when she began bleeding profusely, her cadre jumped to, immediately administering drugs to stanch the flow.

But the postpartum hemorrhaging didn’t ebb. And from there, the response devolved. According to court documents, stronger drugs were administered but failed. A balloon device that could have halted the bleeding was employed too late. Within two hours of giving birth, Daniel had lost about 1-1/2 quarts of blood — three times the average during birth and about one-third the body’s volume.

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