Martin v. Medical City
Being a Voice for One Who Couldn’t Speak
Rachael Martin’s life was never going to be an easy one. But her death didn’t have to be what it was—painful, agonizing, and unnecessary.
Born with cerebral palsy, Rachael was the light of her parents’ lives and beloved by her entire family. During her 15th year of life, she underwent a surgical procedure to open an airway that was slowly being closed off due to scar tissue.
Following the surgery, the medical team gave Rachael 40 times the recommended dose of the anesthetic Propofol, which caused her tiny body to shut down. The health care providers ignored obvious warning signs, failing to act when Rachael’s urine turned from amber to tea-colored, then to dark brown and finally, to black.
The nurses also failed to give morphine, which had been prescribed by Rachael’s doctor. And because of her cerebral palsy, Rachael couldn’t tell anyone of her excruciating pain.
Representation for Medical Malpractice & Wrongful Death Victims
The verdict in the case was one of the largest in the nation the year it was tried.
But what matters most to Rachael’s family and to Charla Aldous of Aldous \ Walker is that, as part of the case, the drug manufacturer agreed to place a warning in its package insert. It’s a change that could save lives in the future, and the kind of trial result of which we’re truly proud.