Jordan’s amazing journey to recover

This article was published in The Shepparton News‘ weekend section Weekend Life in September 2012.

Some may call it fate. Others fortuitous. Some may simply say, ‘‘It’s a small world’’.

But two car crashes at two intersections hundreds of kilometres apart brought two families together over one big issue.

In January, 19-year-old Jordan Milburn’s brain and body were left bruised and shattered after a crash at the intersection of Labuan and Nathalia-Katamatite Roads — a Victorian crossroads well-known for all the wrong reasons.

Jordan’s story is a remarkable one because of what his parents describe as his miraculous recovery from near-death.

But perhaps equally remarkable is the kindness of a stranger who turned a chance encounter at a Melbourne crash scene into a fruitful connection.

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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