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Woman, 56, Dies Days After Delivering Twins She Waited Years For

Offbeat  (tags: Lisa Swinton McLaughlin, Baltimore, American Red Cross, twins, death )

- 1358 days ago -
Lisa Swinton McLaughlin, the medical director for the American Red Cross in Baltimore, spent more than 10 years trying fertility treatments before finally conceiving last year with her husband


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Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 6:03 am
Boy this is just the saddest story...think the doctors could've done more 4 her+she'd be alive today. I also feel 4 her husband--just tragic. Thx Dandelion

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 8:31 am
Indeed, more than tragic.. what a way to end a life-and to start into a new year and life, for all others left behind now.. blessings to husband Michael, may he remain strong. Thx Sheryl.

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 8:48 am
Yes, this story just really pulled at the heartstrings. My goodness she waited so long and to only be in their life for a week. They should of never sent her home with a liquid bowel movement, that is a classic sign of obstruction. I am really upset by this.

My Mother had a bowel obstruction, she had the same type of situation going on, but I was unaware of it until she came for Christmas dinner. When I saw she didn't seem like herself, she mentioned pain, I asked more questions of her. She was brought to the hospital and she was operated on that night! That was Christmas these things are serious.....few do operations on Christmas night if they can be put off.....this could not.

This woman should not of died.....she should be alive enjoying her babies she waited so long for. Our medical system has gone down the tubes, I suspect the Insurance was pushing her out the door as too many only do allow a 24 hour coverage after delivery. Even with a C-section and her age, the Insurance Companies want it as cheap as possible. I could be wrong, could be pure neglect on the hospital. But too many people are dying that are right in the hospital and could of been prevented.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 9:32 am
How sad.
And you're right Dandelion they kick you out immediately after giving birth. When I had my first child the standard stay was three days, five years later after my second child I was out the door the very next day.
Same hospital, same insurance company.

Wednesday January 28, 2015, 1:04 pm
So sad...but these two little ones will honor her for the rest of their lives. Thanks Dandelion for sharing.

Lindsay K (6)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 1:11 pm
So very sad!

JL A (281)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 1:12 pm
One reason for 3 day stays is the newborn test for PKU isn't valid until 72 hours post partum. CA has something to discourage hospitals from the early discharge practice due to health risks.

David C (108)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 2:45 pm
very sad, makes me want to cry

Connie O (45)
Thursday January 29, 2015, 10:17 am
This is such a tragic story. It brought tears to my eyes.

Gene J (290)
Thursday January 29, 2015, 10:27 am
That is so tragic. JL is right, the modern policy of booting women out practically minutes of giving birth is unsound medical, or ethical, practice. Exactly for reasons just like this. Take the time to make sure parents and newborns are safe and sound before you send them home. THIS is why we have higher birth mortality rates than most civilized societies. And it is a moral failing as much as a legal one.

Evelyn B (61)
Thursday January 29, 2015, 11:33 am
Heart-breaking - and even more so that she was an MD by training. Those poor mites, but their dad is certainly working on ensuring that they understand what a fine person their mother was. I hope their friends & family, including her stepsons, do all they can to help the twins grow up healthy and happy

Sheila D (194)
Thursday January 29, 2015, 11:59 am
Between the insurance companies not wanting to pay for any extra time and the hospitals not wanting to foot any extra money and people who aren't rich...this was avoidable and should be inexcusable. The hospital and doctors are responsible and I hope the father will bring a wrongful death suit. Very, Very Sad to know these children will not have their loving mother as they grow..

Mandi T (367)
Thursday January 29, 2015, 12:46 pm
How very sad. :(

Lynn Squance (235)
Thursday January 29, 2015, 1:51 pm
So tragic, so sad, and so unnecessary!

Because of time constraints, this father now has to spend energy, precious energy, fighting a hospitable and an insurance company when he should be spending his time with his new sons. Yes of course, a lawyer will do the physical work, but the emotional energy will be horrendous. Hopefully when he looks at these 2 little tykes, he will get the infusion of emotional energy he needs.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday January 29, 2015, 2:16 pm
She would have been a great mother. I feel so sad for the babies and her husband.

Melanie LeBel (87)
Thursday January 29, 2015, 2:46 pm
awwww .

Catrin S (47)
Thursday January 29, 2015, 3:09 pm
Oh how tragic. So sorry that she did not get to enjoy her lifelong dream coming true for long.

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Thursday January 29, 2015, 3:12 pm
So sad.
Noted & Shared. Thanks Dandelion.

Darlene W (303)
Thursday January 29, 2015, 3:41 pm
Truly sad--prayers and blessings sent to them for their loss--bless all who care. Thank you Dandelion.

S J (130)
Thursday January 29, 2015, 6:24 pm
so sad, my heart go to her babies, husband and family. why should such thing happen?

thanks Dandelion

RosemaryRannes HusbandHospitalHome (650)
Thursday January 29, 2015, 7:59 pm
Lisa's death is absolutely tragic! I am sending prayers for her to be at Peace! Her precious twin boys will know their mother loved and adored them! Like everyone else, I feel charged with anger against a doctor who I feel was completely irresponsible, and that goes for the hospital too.
Basically Dandelion said it all !
RIP Swinton McLaughlin

Roslyn M (32)
Thursday January 29, 2015, 9:07 pm
Sad, but 56 yrs old is very late to give birth.

Rose Becke (141)
Friday January 30, 2015, 2:17 am
Tears to my eyes

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday January 30, 2015, 3:31 am
Very sad and I do agree with Sheryl,what a sad state of healthcare you have in the US.

Ingrid A (524)
Friday January 30, 2015, 9:16 am
How sad and sorry your mother went through it too Dandelion.

Winn Adams (179)
Friday January 30, 2015, 11:08 am
So sad and tragic. Prayers go out to her husband and baby. They need all the love and support they can get.

Liliana Garcia (201)
Friday January 30, 2015, 9:38 pm
Terribly sad. I hope her family pursue medical and legal advice on this. If there was negligence, there will be more victims if nothing is done. The very best to the new dad and the twins.

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday January 31, 2015, 4:45 am
Thank you are most correct Liliana.

Nancy C (806)
Saturday January 31, 2015, 6:01 am
A crying shame...sadness for the new family. Strength to this new dad and I hope he retains a great lawyer...Tough Christmas night for you Dandelion! Interesting how we learn things...Perhaps the most valuable knowledge stems from problems and the lurking unknown.

Shirley S (187)
Saturday January 31, 2015, 7:57 pm
A tragedy that was AVOIDABLE ! This is definitely medical negligence that needs to be exposed.

Diane K (134)
Monday February 2, 2015, 8:17 am
Very sad story. Sympathies to her husband & babies. thx

fahad A (140)
Sunday February 8, 2015, 2:59 pm
really very sad for any one to hear that's but its God Will :(

Agnes H (144)
Friday February 13, 2015, 6:12 pm
This is very sad! I am sure the father will do a very good job, bringing up these 2 boys.
As for taking action against the hospital? They usually stick together, but as Lisa also went to see her own Doctor, I should start with him. He/She should have noticed that something was terribly wrong, instead of just saying that she had to drink more water and walk more. Lisa could practice medicine in several Counties, she knew something was wrong. I would talk to the GP first.
I know that her husband will not be in a state to do this, at the moment, and my thoughts are with him and the twins. I do hope that he will get help with bringing up the twins. A Nanny does not come cheap, and he will need some help with that.

Gina Caracci (219)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 12:37 pm
omg how absolutely horrible!!
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