PHA investigating American’s botched surgery claims
ROYSTON JONES JR.
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Mar 09, 2016
The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) is investigating reports that a Minnesota man, who reportedly underwent surgery at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), was a victim of a botched procedure at the hands of local doctors.
PHA initiated the investigation yesterday after a Fox 9 news story highlighted Jake Beiersdorf’s “rough” visit to the country’s premier public hospital.
The story, titled, “Paradise Island trip turns into medical horror story for Minnesota man”, detailed the
incident that reportedly left Beiersdorf sporting a foot-long scar across his abdomen. The article was posted on Fox 9’s website on Monday and updated yesterday.
Beiersdorf, who visited Paradise Island in January to work at an annual poker tournament, reportedly visited PMH in January after he experienced sharp pains in his lower right side.
He told Fox 9 news that he wanted in the hospital for hours before he was told that his appendix needed to be removed.
He said when he came out of surgery he was surprised to see the huge scar.
“I freaked out,” Jake reportedly told Fox 9.
He added that the scar was “not the prettiest picture”.
Beiersdorf claimed that doctors told him that the long scar was the result of his appendix bursting. He said doctors told him they had to “clean out his insides”.
Describing the conditions of the hospital, Beiersdorf claimed that there were 15 people in the room with him.
“It’s not a clean room at all,” he said. “The whole facility was disgusting.”
He also claimed that during a follow-up visit a few days later, officials changed his dressing in a storage closet.
Beiersdorf said when he returned to the U.S., his father took him to the emergency room at a Minnesota hospital. He said the doctors there made a surprising discovery.
“They came out and told me that my appendix was still inside of me, when they opened me up,” he said.
He said the doctors also told him that his appendix was healthy, although they reportedly still removed it to avoid any future problems.
Beiersdorf told Fox 9 that the ordeal still makes him angry.
When contacted for comment, PHA Director of Communications Judy Terrell said: “We are aware of the report and it is under investigation.”
Terrell said she would be able to give more information following the investigation.
In a Facebook post yesterday, cardiothoracic surgeon and former director of PMH’s Accident and Emergency Department Dr. Duane Sands said the story is one-sided.
“Without divulging specific information, the story is one-sided and factually incomplete and inaccurate,” he said. “I hope that the same enthusiasm to spread this story is demonstrated for the retraction. Despite the challenges, excellent care is provided at PMH/PHA everyday.”
Beiersdorf’s story was shared on Facebook, cruiselawnews.com and gofundme.com.
Attempts to reach Beiersdorf up to press time were unsuccessful.