Target: Kentucky Children’s Hospital
Goal: Disclose success rates and related data for pediatric heart surgeries so that parents understand the best choices for their children
Many cases of failed heart surgery have been noted at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital in the recent past. Several children died, while several others survived after their parents opted to transfer them to a different hospital.
The parents of the children who survived after surgery at different hospitals reported that not only were there heart problems that the surgeries at Kentucky Children’s Hospital did not fix, their children suffered from infection that the first surgeries had caused.
Though heart surgeries are indeed extremely difficult to execute and mortality rates are often high in children, more children could be saved if they were recommended to hospitals that specialized in pediatric heart surgery with highly skilled surgeons. Kentucky Children’s Hospital was not one of those highly recommended places. While most hospitals that excel in pediatric heart surgery are open about their success rates, Kentucky Children’s Hospital has kept theirs a secret—even going to court to maintain this confidentiality despite parents demanding for the information.
If they had known the truth about the quality of Kentucky Children’s heart surgeries, all these parents could have made the choice to transfer their children elsewhere so that their chances of survival are higher.
By signing this petition you will help urge Kentucky Children’s Hospital to disclose their heart surgery success rates and other related data so that parents will be informed upon choosing a hospital for their child’s life-threatening condition.
To the Kentucky Children’s Hospital:
From August to October 2012, several kids experienced failed heart surgery at your hospital. At least two of them died from surgery failure, while a few survived because their parents transferred them to different hospitals. Had they known the success rate of the hospital earlier, I believe that many parents would have opted for a different hospital from the very beginning.
Several parents have actually demanded information about the surgery procedures and success rates, but you were unwilling to provide them, causing parents to realize much later that the surgery was not going as well as it should be.
Several other hospitals have referred patients to other facilities when they know they do not have the proper resources to treat these patients. I believe this is what you should do, as well as disclose necessary information about the surgeries, so that parents know what their options are.
[Your Name Here]
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