Ritter's family says he didn't have t...

Ritter's family says he didn't have to die

There are 35 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 24, 2008, titled Ritter's family says he didn't have to die. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Comic actor John Ritter died on his daughter's 5th birthday in September 2003. The next day, his widow, actress Amy Yasbeck, told the girl that her dad's death was unavoidable.

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matt

Chicago, IL

#1 Jan 24, 2008
What wonderful people - suing a hospital and the doctors who tried to save him.

John Ritter might have been remembered as a comic actor. Instead, his name is now forever linked to money-grubbing scum.

Those millions of dollars might have accomplished some good, hiring doctors, nurses, and buying medical equipment - instead of enabling parasites to move into a bigger house.

You're filth, Yasbeck.
Bill

Paso Robles, CA

#2 Jan 24, 2008
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It's amazing how Yasbeck's perception changes after a slimeball lawyer enters the case !

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Todd

Green Bay, WI

#3 Jan 24, 2008
Another ridiculous money grab. They have already received 14 million in settlements. And how can they even think that show would have lasted 7 years!
Malpractice at its finest

Chicago, IL

#4 Jan 24, 2008
I guess people will never accept any responsibility for their own actions. Its a terrible tragedy about Ritters death but in all honesty, could someone have saved him? The likelihood is slim to none. Yes, some people are saved with AAA but many people die from this condition on a yearly basis. AAA can mask itself as a myocardial infarction and sometimes its too late when the diagnosis of AAA is made.

What the family needs is counseling not money. I guess his past earnings just are not enough for this money hungry wife.
CTA Rider

Evanston, IL

#5 Jan 24, 2008
This story disgusts me. This family has no shame-their money hungry tactics are ruining Ritter's respected name. The wife and family are the epitome of greed-driven parasites. Hideous.

Since: Oct 07

Chicago, IL

#6 Jan 24, 2008
Maybe I'm just playing devil's advocate here, but why are you all so pissed off at Ritter's wife? It reads as though the doctors not only misdiagnosed him, but attempted to cover it up after the fact.

I understand that doctors have to make judgment calls (many times while the clock is racing against them), but does that mean that when they make a bad call they should be absolved? Moreover, making a judgment call that doesn't have the desired outcome is one thing, but why the need for a massive cover-up after the fact?

I wonder how many lawsuits could have been avoided if someone would have just taken the time to say "I'm sorry"?!@
Cara

Boynton Beach, FL

#7 Jan 24, 2008
JAMc, the doctors can't say I'm sorry, because that would be saying, I did something wrong. I believe that the doctors did all they could to save John Ritter. All a lawsuit like this will do, is make them fearful to even try, without making somebody sign off that they will not be held liable beforehand.
Beth

Chicago, IL

#8 Jan 24, 2008
I wonder how many people will die in an ER waiting for a physician who's in court defending himself? She should be ashamed.
Irene

Chicago, IL

#9 Jan 24, 2008
JAMc wrote:
Maybe I'm just playing devil's advocate here, but why are you all so pissed off at Ritter's wife? It reads as though the doctors not only misdiagnosed him, but attempted to cover it up after the fact.
I understand that doctors have to make judgment calls (many times while the clock is racing against them), but does that mean that when they make a bad call they should be absolved? Moreover, making a judgment call that doesn't have the desired outcome is one thing, but why the need for a massive cover-up after the fact?
I wonder how many lawsuits could have been avoided if someone would have just taken the time to say "I'm sorry"?!@
I hope you are only playing "devil's advocate" for the sake of it and not because you believe what you are saying.

I agree with everyone else - 4 years later his wife has gone through a lot of the $15 million and needs it replenished. What unashamed greed on her part.
Dmo2

Elk Grove Village, IL

#11 Jan 24, 2008
I loved John Ritter. Was a huge fan and so sad when he died. But if his symptoms point to a heart attack, they are going to treat that so he doesn't die from a heart attack. By the time they found the real underlying problem it was too late. It's unfortunate, sad ... but I don't see what more the doctors could have done. They do not have ESP for God's sake. And they are not God. I think we expect too much sometimes. And I agree with the article ... how many more millions does a millionaire need? What is she teaching her daughter, really? When in doubt, sue? I think they should turn to God and accept the fact that it was John's time. And pray for his peace.
TOM SLICK

Chicago, IL

#10 Jan 24, 2008
Lady you got 14M so leave it at that. If you actually think they will pay you 69M, you are out of your rabbit ass mind. I guess 14M doesn't go as far as it use to.
Sandy

United States

#12 Jan 24, 2008
St. Joseph's Providence Medical Center in Burbank should have been sued by me 9 years ago when they misdiagnosed me, telling me I would die anyway, so why bother with treatment...Here I am now, typing this, fully recovered after being saved by Dr. Lill at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Warning to all people in the area of the aforementioned "hospital" in Burbank: If an emergency happens to you or family, go to Cedars, NOT that death-house.(They probably have a contract with the local morgue.) I feel sick for John, and Amy, all his children, and his friends all over the world. Something NEEDS to be done about this St. Joseph Providence Hospital, hiding under its "religious" cloak of sanctity while using OUTDATED equipment, and unschooled-in-current-medicine people referring to themselves as "doctors". For more info from me, please ask. Sandy R.
From the Northwoods

Bangor, WI

#13 Jan 24, 2008
Simply, it shouldn't have taken that long to get a chest x-ray in any ER in America. In most places a chest x-ray is SOP for just about everything in the ER. How long would it have taken? Certainly less time it took for a surgical procedure. It sounds to me that they may have actually been looking for the more expensive way of diagnosing him so they could bill the insurance more. Or ... they figured they had a very important man on the table and went with the high tech first, foolishly thinking it would impress someone. Remember the old adage ... Physicians get to bury their mistakes. The addition to that should be ... and they get to bill the insurance afterwards! A simple chest x-ray for heavens sake, that's all it may have taken to save a man's life. I sure would have liked to have gotten a look at their bill. My mother was DOA and we got a $3000 bill from the hospital. And guess what ... the insurance paid it!
Tammy

Libertyville, IL

#14 Jan 24, 2008
I don't understand how someone could ask for the salary from a television show that may or may not have stayed on the air. No one knows if the show would've lasted the duration of the contract - anything could've happened. And apparently, anything did. How can you get paid for something that "might" have happened?
If that's the case, I'm going to my boss right now and ask for the bonuses for the presentations I may or may not create.

All of John Ritter's fans miss him terribly as does his family. But I wish everyone could let this poor man rest in peace...
Regina

AOL

#15 Jan 24, 2008
It's sad that John died. I was a true fan of his. But the reality is that not all medical conditions declare themselves and shout out, "HERE I AM!!!" until it's too late. Luck has a lot to do with it. If he'd been taken to a different facility and had different doctors, would the outcome have been different? Maybe.....maybe not. But that doesn't matter. He received normal standard of care. Not everyone is lucky enough to get a doctor who also happens to have psychic abilities and be able to know the diagnosis immediately and bypass the steps normally required to get to that diagnosis.

I think this woman is being greedy and is still in the anger/blame stage of her grief. It was NO ONE's fault that her husband died. She'd be helping her children out a lot if she'd accept that.

Since: Oct 07

Chicago, IL

#16 Jan 25, 2008
Irene wrote:
<quoted text>
I hope you are only playing "devil's advocate" for the sake of it and not because you believe what you are saying.
I agree with everyone else - 4 years later his wife has gone through a lot of the $15 million and needs it replenished. What unashamed greed on her part.
Maybe I am ... maybe not.

Again, my problem--and the one thing that other posters seem to be overlooking--is with the cover-up after-the-fact. If they don't believe they did anything wrong, fine, don't apologize, but then why not lay the life-saving measures bare, instead of trying to cover things up? Hospitals are notorious for this type of behavior after a "questionable" death.

Do I think are society is far too litigious? Absolutely. But, am I willing to get on a message board, when armed with very few facts and call a women who MAY have needlessly lost her husband a money-grubbing-[enter whatever derogatory name for a female that you wish here], for having to file a darn law suit in order to get to the bottom of what really happened to her husband? Absolutely NOT!

Sadly, sometimes, the only way to find out what really went on in a hospital is to file a suit. Hopefully, nothing "questionable" will ever happen to you during a hospital visit, but if it does, you try getting the hospital to give you a full record (and I don't mean an itemized bill) of your stay VOLUNTARILY. I guarantee you that 9 times out of 10 it's NOT going to happen!

Since: Sep 07

Florida

#17 Jan 25, 2008
Dmo2 wrote:
I loved John Ritter. Was a huge fan and so sad when he died. But if his symptoms point to a heart attack, they are going to treat that so he doesn't die from a heart attack. By the time they found the real underlying problem it was too late. It's unfortunate, sad ... but I don't see what more the doctors could have done. They do not have ESP for God's sake. And they are not God. I think we expect too much sometimes. And I agree with the article ... how many more millions does a millionaire need? What is she teaching her daughter, really? When in doubt, sue? I think they should turn to God and accept the fact that it was John's time. And pray for his peace.
I, too, loved John Ritter, and I totally agree with your statement. In addition, even if they would have diagnosed the dissecting aneurysm and rushed him to the OR, it is quite possible that he probably would have expired on the OR table, as once an aneurysm is in the midst of dissecting, it is a very difficult and often tedious process to repair, that is if it was even able to be repaired in the first place. I've been there myself, as a scrub tech in the OR. These things are very nasty, dissecting or not. Even with a planned resection, it is a very dangerous surgical procedure.

RIP, John!
hmmm

United States

#18 Jan 25, 2008
This is something I have a little familiarity with. My MIL had this, and the hospital told her she was incredibly lucky that:

1. She was taken to the "right" hospital.
2. There happened to be a doctor specializing in precisely that condition on the premises at the time.

She was also told that MOST people with a dissecting aneurysm die en route to the hospital in the ambulance.

Since: Jun 07

Naples Florida

#19 Jan 25, 2008
JAMc wrote:
Maybe I'm just playing devil's advocate here, but why are you all so pissed off at Ritter's wife? It reads as though the doctors not only misdiagnosed him, but attempted to cover it up after the fact.
I understand that doctors have to make judgment calls (many times while the clock is racing against them), but does that mean that when they make a bad call they should be absolved? Moreover, making a judgment call that doesn't have the desired outcome is one thing, but why the need for a massive cover-up after the fact?
I wonder how many lawsuits could have been avoided if someone would have just taken the time to say "I'm sorry"?!@
WELL SAID !
Regina

AOL

#20 Jan 25, 2008
JAMc, what exactly makes you think there was a coverup? From all indications, Mrs. Ritter was told what happened to her husband appropriately. It doesn't sound like there was any coverup. I strongly suspect that, as in the vast majority of such cases, she was in such a state of shock that she had trouble understanding what they were telling her at the time. That doesn't warrant a lawsuit.

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