Wellstar Douglas Hospital failed to provide proper patient care

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – CBS46 News has uncovered a state investigation that outlines the pitfalls of treatment by a metro Atlanta hospital after a teenager with COVID-19 died after being discharged twice.

“I can’t understand why they would do it like that,” said Tosha Nettles, mother of Tyler Fairley, who died in 2021. “That experience I will never forget.”

Nettles struggles to understand why her 17-year-old son, Tyler, hasn’t received the health care she says she desperately needs.

She said he contracted COVID-19 on July 23, 2021 and she took her son to Wellstar Douglas Hospital for treatment twice. The first time she said he was diagnosed with pneumonia and sent home. The second time she said he went out and was told to hydrate.

A few days later, her son tragically died.

“They just downplayed his illness,” Nettles said. “When I read the report, it confirmed everything I was saying.”

The Georgia Department of Community Health investigated the case and said in its report that “it was determined that the facility had failed to provide the required stabilizer treatment.”

The report goes on to state that this posed an immediate and serious threat to the health and safety of the patient and also delayed the treatment of his emergency medical condition.

“When we were out the doctor came in and he said they had done a chest X-ray and one side of his lungs was clearing up where the pneumonia was. But the other side was still the same, and they also did an ECG which was fine.When I read the report and investigation, it actually came back abnormal.

CBS46 contacted Wellstar Douglas Hospital and they responded with this statement saying, “We strongly disagree with this report and have submitted a written objection to these preliminary observations. All of our hospitals strive to provide high quality care and undergo regular continuous improvement processes to achieve this goal. All hospitals, including Wellstar Douglas Hospital, are reviewed by external agencies and this document is a preliminary report issued by one of those agencies. We strongly disagree with this report and have submitted a written objection to these preliminary observations. Unfortunately, the hospital’s written objection is not available for public review, due to patient privacy concerns, and we are currently awaiting the decision on this matter.

Wellstar went on to say that all hospitals are reviewed by external agencies and this document is a preliminary report.

“There’s sadness, there’s anger and there’s a lot of emotion because of it. I feel like my son could have still been here if they had adhered to medical care. for him,” she added.

Wellstar Douglas Hospital told CBS46 News that the hospital’s written objection to the report was not publicly available and that they are currently awaiting a response from the state.

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