ALS Patient Heidi Good’s Doctor Testifies About Care By Women Charged With …
December 9, 2015 - als
Heidi Good didn’t have a health problems that routinely trouble ALS patients, one of her doctors testified Tuesday, crediting a caring she perceived in partial from a dual women now on hearing for allegedly murdering her.
Dr. Ronald Ungerer, a Santa Barbara-based pulmonologist, testified in a Santa Maria hearing of Wanda Nelson, 63, one of Heidi’s paid caregivers, and Marjorie Good, 89, a patient’s mother.
The women are charged with conspiring to murder Heidi Good on Mar 25, 2013.
Prosecutors contend a women gave Heidi a vast volume of remedy and tampered with her ventilator, heading to her genocide from asphyxia.
“I suspicion Wanda did an intensely good pursuit of good care,” Ungerer said. “Heidi went by all those years, and usually once had a bedsore one time. She usually had one hospitalization for pneumonia in all those 5 years, that is indeed utterly amazing.
“She was really protecting of her,” Ungerer combined about Nelson’s diagnosis of Heidi. “She would call me anytime there was a problem. we was really tender with her care.”
Under doubt from Nelson’s attorney, Lori Pedego, a medicine pronounced he attributed Heidi’s longer-than–normal presence to a caring she received.
The pulmonary physician. who had testified during a Santa Barbara County Grand Jury proceedings, contacted invulnerability attorneys after training a row handed down an complaint opposite a dual women.
“You were endangered that were a series of questions that no one asked we during a grand jury proceedings, correct?” Pedego asked.
Ungerer concluded he had concerns.
Grand jury record embody questions of witnesses by prosecuting attorneys only, with a invulnerability not participating in a closed-door hearings.
The alloy pronounced many ALS patients live 3 to 5 years after diagnosis with a on-going neurodegenerative illness called amyotrophic parallel sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
But Heidi lived 8 years, and was comparatively complication-free nonetheless she was on full life support, a alloy said.
He typically communicated with a caregiver or a studious about matters concerning Heidi’s health, mostly per signs of a lung infection, a alloy said.
“It seemed like Wanda was always during her side anytime that we saw her,” Ungerer said.
Most patients finish adult with some form of infection that leads to death, though Heidi’s physique didn’t uncover any symptoms, an hearing of her physique revealed.
Approximately 3 years before Heidi died, Nelson had secretly uttered concerns to a alloy about how Heidi’s husband, Stephen Swiacki, treated his wife.
Ungerer pronounced he asked a sanatorium amicable workman in 2010, when his studious was hospitalized, to doubt Heidi about any concerns per probable abuse.
“I didn’t feel we could talk Heidi adequately,” he said, observant a time it would take given Heidi couldn’t pronounce and relied on a mechanism to communicate.
The caregiver also suggested a alloy Heidi would repudiate any problem existed if anyone directly asked her about probable abuse, he said.
The alloy said Heidi never indicated to him she wanted to finish her life. Likewise, a defendants never hinted that they suspicion it was time for Heidi to die.
Asked by a defense to examination papers from a grand jury proceedings, Ungerer also pronounced he disagreed with a research of a prosecution’s expert, Dr. Dean Hawley, who claimed a poisonous turn of drugs contributed to Heidi’s death.
Heidi’s alloy pronounced poisonous means a bad or inauspicious effect.
“So to clarify, not each poisonous side outcome is a pestilent side effect?” Pedego asked,
“That’s correct,” Ungerer said.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Gresser asked a alloy about a sedating effects of drugs including Benadryl, dextromethorphan and others Heidi took.
“So it is probable to overdose on dextromethorphan, is that correct?” Gresser asked, heading Good’s invulnerability profession to object, observant a doubt was vague.
Judge Rogelio Flores overruled a conflict and told a alloy to answer a question.
The alloy pronounced an overdose is possible, though would need a vast volume of a medication.
Other remedy Heidi took also had side effects of fatigue and respiratory suppression, he pronounced in responding Gresser’s question.
“Somebody but your training and knowledge might mistake a side effect, how that would describe to a sold studious that you’re treating given they don’t have your training or experience,” Gresser asked.
“That’s substantially true,” a alloy said.
Earlier Tuesday, a second deputy of a ventilator manufacturer, CareFusion, testified about his purpose in the review of ventilator-related complaints.
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