Dialysis Patient Claims Doctors Didn’t Warn of Kidney Problems

Dialysis Patient Claims Doctors Didn't Warn of Kidney Problems  A woman who claims she currently has end-stage kidney failure says that doctors at the McKenzie-­Willamette Medical Center's emergency room didn't warn her of problems with her kidney function when she visited them in 2007.

Heather M. Hitchcock seeks $5.7 million in damages from the Oregon hospital and its emergency physicians' group, according to the Register-Guard. She says she was a patient at the facility's emergency room in October of 2007, and a blood test conducted at that time showed she had deficient kidney function. According to Hitchcock's medical malpractice lawsuit, this kidney problem was not noted, and she was not informed of it.

Now, Hitchcock claims she has end-stage kidney failure, which she was diagnosed with in March 2009, and allegedly has to undergo dialysis. She seeks damages from the defendants for the decreased life expectancy allegedly caused by her kidney failure as well as for the pain and disability allegedly caused by the condition.

According to the Mayo Clinic, hemodialysis – which is the most common type of dialysis used to treat advanced, permanent kidney failure – involves using a machine to filter waste from the blood similarly to what healthy kidneys would do.