Hospital patient propped up to look ‘fake alive’ after dying during routine surgery: suit

Doctors at an Ohio hospital held a dead patient in a “feign life” pose before she was treated by her family, even though she had died during routine surgery two hours earlier, according to a lawsuit.

The patient, an unidentified 65-year-old woman, was in “good health” when she entered Adena Health System in Chillicothe for what should have been a routine cardiac catheterization, the Scioto Valley Guardian reported.

The woman’s family has claimed discrepancies between hospital records and the death certificate regarding the time of her death.

While her medical records indicated that death occurred at 1:00 p.m., the woman’s death certificate says it was at 3:05 p.m., which is the time her family was taken to the room and urged to remove life support.

The woman’s family has claimed discrepancies between hospital records and the death certificate regarding the time of her death. Adena Health System

Her family is demanding the truth behind what happened before her death and why she had been propped up to appear “false alive” to her family when she had been declared dead two hours earlier.

The woman was operated on by Dr. Jarrod Betz, a cardiologist who had previously faced questions about his credentials.

Dr. Jarrod Betz has been accused of falsifying his credentials. Adena Health System

Betz has performed at least three transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures despite not being qualified to perform the specialized operation, the outlet previously reported in May.

Betz allegedly severed an artery during the procedure. While she thought she had the situation under control, the woman was still bleeding in the ICU.

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The surgery was performed by a second cardiologist, Dr. Atiq Reham. The patient later died under his care, medical records show.

At least 31 people have come forward accusing Betz of falsifying their credentials, the outlet reported.

Dr. Atiq Reham performed the surgery. Adena Health System

The family requested an independent autopsy after discovering that Ben Trotter, the Ross County coroner, is an Adena employee.

Adena Health System has not commented on the matter.

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