[preamble]Today alone we find a $120 million dollar lawsuit against a hospital and this missed cancer – so it must be true that for years doctors have been giving us bad care and they MUST be penalized! Not a peep from the doctors – matter of fact do you ever hear form them – no. All they do is give themselves dinners and pat themselves on the back for a job well done – how far removed from realty are they. Their silence is deafening![backtopost]
By Dareh Gregorian / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 8:49 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 2:00 AM
He’s on his deathbed, but he’s not going down without a fight.
A Broadway stagehand is the final stages of lung cancer because his doctors missed a tumor in his lungs during an X-ray more than two years ago, he claims in a suit.
By the time doctors discovered the mistake it was too late — Edwin Ackerman’s cancer had spread to his brain and other organs. He couldn’t speak to the Daily News on Tuesday because he’d taken “a turn for the worse” and was “not lucid,”said his lawyer, Susan Karten.
“It’s very sad,” Karten said. Ackerman, a carpenter who worked on “Wicked” and “The Producers,” “could have been treated and he would have had a very good shot at beating this.”
Now, Karten said, “the prognosis is grave.”
Ackerman, 56, went to the NYU Langone Trinity Center in April 2010 because he was concerned about a chronic cough that was kicking up small amounts of blood. The doctor diagnosed him with hemoptysis — which can be a sign of a serious disease — and sent him for an X-ray.
Ackerman, a father of four grown kids, was told the X-ray was “normal.”
He went back to the lower Manhattan clinic numerous times over the next two years with similar symptoms, but doctors never ordered up another X-ray or a CAT scan, the suit says.
That finally changed this past September, when Ackerman told his doctor the coughing was getting and worse and he now had pain in his back. His doctor ordered a CAT scan, and what it revealed couldn’t be missed — a 9-cm. tumor in his lung. Doctors operated on Ackerman to remove the tumor, but it was too late — the cancer had metastasized and spread to his brain and other organs.
Ackerman’s primary doctor then reviewed the 2010 X-ray, and this time saw a 1-to- 2-cm. lesion, the suit says.
The stagehand’s longtime girlfriend, actress Madeleine Doherty, was with Ackerman when he got the news. The doctor said “the X-ray was read wrong. We all read it wrong,” Doherty recounted. “My heart sank.”
Had it been caught at the time, “there would have been a 70 percent chance” of complete recovery, Karten said.
A rep for NYU Langone declined to comment on the suit.
Ackerman’s case bears several awful similarities to that of Lavern Wilkinson, a Brooklyn mom who died earlier this year after a radiologist and doctors at Kings County Hospital failed to notify her of a 2-cm. nodule that turned up on a 2010 X-ray. Her plight was chronicled in the Daily News.
Wilkinson, 41, settled her claim against the hospital before her death for $625,000. She was blocked from filing a malpractice suit, which experts said would have been worth millions, because the state’s statute of limitations ran out before she even knew she had been injured.
Karten said she doesn’t believe the statute of limitations will be an issue in Ackerman’s case because he was getting “continuous care” from the private clinic.
The lawyer also said Ackerman knows he won’t live long enough to see a trial, but he’s hoping his suit will help ensure “what happened to him doesn’t happen to anyone else.”