Sunday, May 26, 2013

Montana Man Survives Wrong Diagnosis

A Montana man brain cancer diagnosis shows how difficult it is to determine whether or not a person has a "terminal illness". Mark Templin was awarded US$59,000 for expenses and emotional stress after his doctor wrongly told him in 2009 that he had only six months to live. "It is difficult to put a price tag on the anguish of a man wrongly convinced of his impending death," said the judge. "Mr. Templin lived for 148 days ... under the mistaken impression that he was dying of metastatic brain cancer."

One of Templin's daughters asked the doctor how her father would die and "he explained one of the tumors would grow 'like cauliflower' and Templin would die from a brain bleed."

After that disturbing diagnosis, Mr Templin sold his truck and quit his job. He put his affairs in order and displayed a large sign in his home saying "Do Not Resuscitate". His family held a "last birthday" dinner for him and he paid for a funeral service. His son-in-law made a wooden box for his ashes. He entered a hospice for dying patients.

He even considered shooting himself to spare himself and his family the pain of a terminal illness.

However, Mr Templin began to get better, not worse. He booked himself out of the hospice and had more tests. These revealed that he had had a stroke and that he did not have a brain tumor.

Good thing he didn't live in a state like Oregon or Vermont that pushes euthanasia!


Anonymous said...

That's considered as medical malpractice. The family shall ask for provisions, Dr Fredda Branyon is not happy when she hears or sees something like this. To the family, may they find strength and courage everyday. Thanks for sharing.

Ruth said...

To the author, I really appreciate the message you are sending...but I think you should know that Kim Burns is randomly posting inane comments on all the blogs (including my sister's) that she can find. Here's more information on the person she is touting. "Fredda Branyon of Scottsdale, Arizona, who has made thousands off sick and desperate individuals, thinks. Ms. Branyon started buying umbilical cords and cord blood tissue from a Del Rio birthing center in 2009. Then, with no training regarding stem cell development or the legal ability to do so, she manufactured hundreds of vials of "stem cells". She sold 183 vials of "stem cells" for more than $300,000, to Francisco Morales, who worked with the lab she owned, Global Laboratories. Morales, in turn, led his patients to believe he was a doctor (he isn't) and was arrested in Texas for treating people with cancer and multiple sclerosis in "treatments" not approved by the FDA. Branyon pleaded guilty during an investigation by the FDA and FBI in 2011. She was facing 3 years in jail and a $10,000 fine. Hopefully she is cooling her heels in prison at this time."