Santa Barbara
60° F
Clear
Clear
Santa Maria
59° F
Clear
Clear
San Luis Obispo
60° F
Clear
Clear
Ventura
63° F
Clear
Clear

'Dead' patient's organs nearly removed

Published On: Jul 09 2013 02:50:24 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 09 2013 03:06:28 PM CDT
Doctor with scalpel, surgery blurb

iStock

In a disturbing case of medicine gone wrong, a New York woman's organs are nearly removed after doctors thought she was dead.

Colleen S. Burns, 41, suffered a drug overdose in October 2009 and was taken to the emergency room at St. Joseph's Hospital Center in Syracuse, The Post-Standard reported.

Although a nurse told doctors she was recovering, she was eventually pronounced dead.

Her family, after speaking with doctors, agreed to remove Burns from life support and gave the hospital permission to harvest her organs, according to an investigation by the state Health Department.

But Burns was far from dead.

In fact, she appeared to be breathing independently from a respirator and her toes curled downward during a mandatory reflex test, The Post-Standard reported.

Despite those signs, a nurse administered a powerful sedative and doctors were just about to cut into her when Burns opened her eyes.

Her family never sued the hospital, which was fined just $22,000 over the incident even though they never explained what went wrong.

While the fines were handed down in 2012, they were first made public in a report obtained by The Post-Standard on Sunday.

Burns fully recovered from the overdose, but committed suicide in January 2011, her mother told the newspaper.

Comments

The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms Of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. 
blog comments powered by Disqus
  • Body of Isaiah Sanchez Recovered at Cachuma Lake

    Santa Barbara County sheriff rescue crews have found a body near the place where Isaiah Sanchez went missing.

  • Ellwood Fire

    Explosion at Goleta Apartment Complex Leaves One Man Hospitalized

    Santa Barbara County Fire crews responded to an explosion and fire at an apartment complex on 447 Ellwood Drive in Goleta.   Fire officials received the call at around 7:00 p.m. One person was injured and taken to the hospital with severe burns.  The apartment manager helped put out a small fire that broke out after the blast. The explosion and fire are still under investigation.  The fire did not spread to any adjoining apartments.

  • Explosion Caused By Man Producing Marijuana Oil

    Explosion Caused By Man Producing Marijuana Oil

    Investigators said the Goleta apartment explosion and fire Monday night was caused by the illegal process of making butane honey oil.

  • motorcycle_police_officer

    Drivers Stung in a Sting Come Close to Hitting Pedestrians

    A crackdown on drivers who won't stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk is underway in Santa Barbara and Goleta.

  • dangerous dogs

    Orcutt Family Starts Petition to Change County Ordinance

    An Orcutt family is fighting to keep their dogs from being euthanized, and is now trying to change a county ordinance on aggressive dogs. The family has an online petition spreading their message on the internet in an effort to get the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisor's attention.

    Peggy Henning remembers the day her family welcomed Daisy and Duke into their family like it was yesterday.

    "They immediately just became part of the family," said Henning. "They were very friendly with all the guests we had coming over."

    But things changed when Daisy and Duke got loose. They liked chasing cats.

    "Dogs are pack animals and that is their default instinct," said Henning. "If they are bonded or litter mates, it intensifies that. They would get out of the confines of our house or yard and this instinct would come to the surface."

  • Dallas Cowboys Arrive to Ventura County

    The Dallas Cowboys touched down at Naval Base Ventura County on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Juvenile Hall Court to Host Gang-related Murder Trial

    The so-called "U-Haul murder trial" is expected to be another high security, gang-related trial that requires extra time and money to make it work at the Santa Barbara County Juvenile Hall courtroom which is seen as the most practical venue.

  • Santa Barbara Judge Rules Against Proposed Gang Injunction

    The city of Santa Barbara will not have a gang injunction after all.

  • Slideshow: Rescue Crews Find Body In Cachuma Lake

    Santa Barbara County sheriff rescue crews have found a body near the place where Isaiah Sanchez went missing.

  • Bradley Cooper blurb

    Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

    Hollywood's highest-paid actors

    Before you head out to see the latest movie blockbuster this summer, check out Forbes' list of Hollywood's highest-paid actors.