A woman is in distress after claiming that the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has delayed her compensation after causing her unborn baby’s death. 29-year-old Tracy Mackinnon stated that after the hospital took responsibility in January 2018 – almost a year after the incident – they offered to settle outside of court. However, since then she was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and requested that the settlement amount be increased. The hospital, through their lawyer, reportedly offered to tack on an additional two thousand dollars. Mackinnon was not satisfied with this and, via her own lawyer, requested an even higher amount. KHMH, however, has requested more information about her claim before they continue negotiations. Mackinnon is now frustrated because, two years after losing her baby, she is still in a back and forth with the hospital. She stopped by our studio today to recap the horrific incident.
Tracy Mackinnon, Complainant: “Third of May 2017, seven months pregnant, went to KHMH. Early four o’clock the morning with bad pain. They checked the baby’s heartbeat and everything and it was good, they gave me an IV, they gave me medication to develop the baby’s lungs, to stop the contractions and then during that time after they gave me a maxolon in the room, like half an hour they came back and they gave me another amount of maxolon. When the nurse came I told her that they already gave me maxolon in the room and she said she would still give me because the doctor requested. The evening around four o’clock again when the nurse came and checked me the baby’s heartbeat was low. We told her about it, me and my mom, she said well the baby could be in your back that’s why you can’t hear the heartbeat. The nurse went and didn’t come back until after ten that night when they came back no heartbeat, the baby died. They took me to do an ultrasound and they said the baby detached from the placenta. Until the next day they requested so they could do a c section. Before I went in to do the c section they said that they can’t find my file, the file went missing. First they sent a letter saying they would settle it out of court and they offered for damages. After that now I started to not feel well and everything, I saw a psychiatrist, he evaluated me and everything and then now I have PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder and from then until now that is two years and I’m still suffering from it.”
Mackinnon’s lawyer had requested almost double what the hospital was offering, and Mackinnon said she would settle for no less. She will continue to fight because she will have to deal with PTSD for the rest of her life and believes she needs to be fairly compensated. We contacted the hospital for a comment, but up to news time we have not gotten it. We will continue to follow this story and bring you the hospital’s version as soon as it is made available.