Former St. Jude CEO Simone to Lead Ba...

Former St. Jude CEO Simone to Lead Baptist Cancer Ctr.

There are 1 comment on the The Daily News story from Nov 2, 2011, titled Former St. Jude CEO Simone to Lead Baptist Cancer Ctr.. In it, The Daily News reports that:

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton has bought three parcels of vacant land near Wolf River Boulevard in Germantown from three sellers for a total of nearly $8.3 million.

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Jackson, TN

#1 Nov 3, 2011
In aug.2005 we found out my wife had cancer.It was bad,we`ve got 4 kids and
didn`t know what was going to happen.By the grace of God we found a doctor who
had treated the type of cancer she had,and she beat it.After beating her cancer
her doctor told her she needed a stem cell transplant because if her cancer came
back the chemo my not work as good as the first time.My wife took her chemo
treatments at Baptist East on Walnut grove in Memphis.They had a stem cell
transplant center.As a side note we could have went to Vanderbilt.But after
talking with Baptist stem cell transplant center we felt comfortable doing it in
Memphis.Baptist told us they do it all the time with no problems,For those who
don`t know what a stem cell transplant is,they give you a drug that pulls your
stem cells out of the bone marrow,they take your stem cells and freeze them,then
they give you a dangerously high dose of chemo that kills all the cells in your
body good and bad,called the BEAM treatment,that way if a cancer cell was left
in the bone marrow by the first chemo it will kill with the second high
dose.Anyway, they told us no problems it would take about 21 days,she would be
ok.After the high dose chemo it was bad.She had 0.01 cell count,they had give
her blood just to keep her alive.Day 21 came, the cells hadn`t engrafted yet,she
was sick,day 31 no change,day 41,day 51 no change.On day 59 her doctor came and
seen her,she had to beg him to let her go home.All she wanted was to be with her
kids,you must understand before cancer she had never been away from them.She
came home it was very hard,i work nights so i was always scared going home in
the mornings i never knew what i would find.One day the doctor told us he wanted
to talk to us,he came in and told us what had happened.My wife's stem cells had
not been frozen right and when they were put in liquid nitrogen they burst.We
were floored,We later found out Baptist sent my wife's cells to a place called
Biocellution and they done the freeze.We also found out my wife wasn`t the only
one,they had done the same thing to others,I don`t have an exact number maybe 6
others.We couldn`t believe it,Baptist never told us about the problems they were
having or we would have went to Vanderbilt.In a depo the woman who shortened the
freeze,she said with my wife and me sitting there" THEY ARE DYING WHEN THEY COME
TO US ANYWAY WHAT DOES IT MATTER ".You have to be cancer free before you can get
a stem cell transplant maybe if she had had any training she would have known
that.She got fired for what she had done,but we found out they gave her
unemployment and helped her get a job as another supvisor at a blood
bank.Biocellutions didn`t charge baptist east for the freeze because of the
gross negligents that their lab did, but Baptist East charged my insurance
company around $184,000 for the transplant and refused to pay it back.My wife
did get a lawyer, at first i didn`t agree.But after i found out what i know
now,somthing has to be done,my wife wanted people to go to jail but you can`t do
that.Anybody else could go out, make a wrong turn and run over and kill an 80
year old person and if you didn`t go to jail, you would pay for it for the rest
of your life.They would just say,they were going to die anyway.I think they
treat people like cattle,get them in,get them out and send a bill.OH WAIT,they
did call and offer to buy my children a christmas gift.But i refused.And i am
currently still trying to pay my bill with them (BMH).For those wondering how my
wife is doing she has a low platelet count and she has massive bone pain she has
good & bad days.But i`m lucky i still have her,and i thank God daily.

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