Still haunted by wife’s death

This article was published in The Shepparton News on July 18, 2012.

Jerry Brown-Sarre and his wife Margaret Brown had many plans for how they would spend the last phase of their lives together.

They had a ‘‘bucket list’’ — they were going to dance and travel and have fun together.

But about three years ago Mr Brown-Sarre lost his best mate, ‘‘the perfect wife and woman’’, the mother of his two sons and the woman he says loved him unconditionally for 49 years.

And her death haunts him. Mr Brown-Sarre claims his wife died due to negligence at Goulburn Valley Base Hospital after she was admitted with pneumonia in August 2009. Continue reading Still haunted by wife’s death


Hospital accused of negligence

This article was published in The Shepparton News on July 18, 2012.

A northern Victorian man is suing Goulburn Valley Health after he says his wife died due to medical negligence at Shepparton’s Goulburn Valley Base Hospital.

Jerry Brown-Sarre, from Euroa, has filed a statement of claim in the Victorian County Court against Goulburn Valley Health for damages and compensation after his wife Margaret Leah Brown, 72, died on September 16, 2009.

The writ says Mrs Brown was diagnosed with pneumonia and sepsis on August 21, 2009 and transferred to the intensive care unit on August 25.

The writ alleges Mrs Brown’s left lung collapsed and she went into cardiac arrest after an ICU medical officer inserted a central venous catheter into her chest without ultrasound guidance or supervision.

An arterial line was then inserted into the femoral artery in Mrs Brown’s left leg, which damaged the vein and caused a blood clot, the claim alleges. Continue reading Hospital accused of negligence