A young Illinois medical malpractice victim recently shared her story in an American Cancer Society video. In the video, our client Heather Kornick explains her courageous and inspirational battle with cancer and how national health care legislation has impacted her life.
Heather originally went to her doctor in late 2006 with some health problems. Her physician diagnosed her as having polycystic ovary syndrome or insulin resistance. Over the next fifteen months the only treatment he recommended was some medication and a diet. Throughout that time Heather visited her doctor on four occasions. Yet, during each of those visits he never once actually examined her body, nor did nursing staff ask her mother for complete information about her signs and symptoms. No other tests were conducted by the negligent physician to better understand Heather’s health problems.
Eventually Heather went to a second physician who, after hearing about the situation, suspected Cushing’s Disease immediately. By only the second visit this second physician had diagnosed her with the adrenal carcinoma. However, the delayed diagnosis of one and half years because of her first doctor’s negligence allowed the cancer to spread and metastasize to her lungs and liver. She has recently undergone a much more intense IV chemotherapry regimen to tackle even more metastases.
While the treatment leads to much exhaustion, Heather continues to push ahead. She was able to graduate college, and her spirit remains strong.
One of our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers, Jeffrey Martin, commented that “Heather is probably the most remarkable person I have ever had the privilege to represent. She is facing her cancer head-on…and [she] always seeks to maintain a positive attitude.” It is exactly because of brave young women like Heather that our attorneys are proud to work each day on behalf of those who have suffered because of poor care by their medical professionals.
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