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I suspect the Doctor made a Serious mistake that caused my

I suspect the Doctor made a Serious mistake that caused my Sons Death! Am I correct?
I took my Son to the Hospital for a Strong Cough and tightness in his Chest.The ER Doctor said he had Bronchitis and he had some Fluid in his Lungs (No X-Rays were taken at that time). He was prescribed Steroids, Antibiotics, and an Inhaler. 2 Days later my son started having Abdominal Cramps, Diareaha, and he was Vomiting, we took him back to the Hospital. A different DR. from earlier said he had a Bladder Problem (it was retaining Fluid and putting pressure on his Bowels). So the Doc ordered a Cathiter and kept my son overnight. later that night we were told my Son was having trouble breathing and was taken to C.C.U. at 4:07 A.M. my Son Died from an enlarged Heart.The Medical Records said he was given a morphine drip for pain (his pain was at a 5 on a scale of 0 to 10). He had an allergic reaction so was given Narcan to reverse the Morphine. his Heart Rate went to over 200 BPM. so he was given someting to slow his heart rate. it slowed to 45 BPM. The time period between the Morphine and Death was 6 Hours. My Son was only 19 years old.
Sat, 19 Dec 2009
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he must have had a congenital disorder of the heart which caused heart failure. A chest x ray and ecg/ bloods should have been taken. as for the stomach thing i do not know unless there was a problem with septicaemia (blood poisoning caused through an infection). If your son had been treated in england using the nhs there may have been a different outcome but he was definately seriously ill from your description. what are your plans? medical negligence law-suit or letter of complaint to the chief exec of the hospital? i would do the 2nd one first and if no action was taken i would consider the first
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Go with your gut instinct. Sounds like they did not work him up properly when he initially went to the hospital. Also, a patient should not need narcan unless they are overdosed with a narcotic. If you have access to the chart I would have  medical professionals who you trust review it. Look for doses in the medications. I would a seek a nurse, doctor and a pharmacist. From what you are describing it sounds like multiple problems including human error contributed to his death.  

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