March 11, 2005
Schiavo Attorney Felos No Stranger To Medicare Fraud, and Victor Gambone is guilty of sloppy and uninformed medical practice!Topics: Medical Issues
It's time to blogswarm this issue all the way to the New York Times and a special prosecutor!
Why haven't federal and state officials looked into this? If there ever was clear and convincing evidence about anything, there is of fraud, collusion, and abuse of Terri Schiavo by Victor Gambone, George Felos, George Greer, and Suncoast Hospice. I just got off the telephone with Bobby Schindler who is absolutely amazed, as most of us are, that Judge Greer so blatently endorses euthanasia of Terri with no regard whatsoever for medical testing and rehabilitation. He just wants her dead! And he, like the rest of us, is amazed that George Felos and Victor Gambone so openly falsified a medical order to place Terry illegally in a hospice, then conveniently hid the fact from Terri's family until after the fact - WITH NO COURT ORDER!
You can read the fraudulant medical order to place Terri in the hospice here. Victor Gambone, MD wrote:
Based on the patient’s diagnosis and current condition, I expect this patient has a limited life expectancy of six (6) months or less, if disease continues to take its(sic) usual course, and hereby certify this patient as eligible for Hospice care.
WHAT USUAL COURSE IS GAMBONE REFERING TO? THERE IS NO "USUAL COURSE FOR PVS," EVEN IF TERRY WAS PVS - WHICH HE COULD NOT HAVE MEDICALLY DETERMINED ON THE BASIS OF THE EVIDENCE BEFORE HIM, NOT SCIENTIFICALLY, NOT MEDICALLY - NO PET SCAN, NO MEDICAL REHAB MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM WITH MONTHS OF EVALUATION AND TESTING, NO MRI, NO ENZYME STUDIES, ETC. Factors that might have been considered of potential prognostic benefit are clinical, electrophysiological, biochemical, and imaging - NONE OF THESE WERE CONDUCTED PROPERLY.
Medical and scientific literature available at the time Gambone signed the above statement clearly states that " Life expectancy of children in a persistent vegetative state - > or = 19 yrs of age is 9.9 years, and NO medical literature predicts life expectancy of PVS in months, only years - even if Terri was in a PVS, which he could not have identified from a bedside evaluation.
Further, medical literature available at the time Gambone signed the fraudulant document, also clearly shows that life expectancy and median survival time in the permanent vegetative state, [On the basis of then recent mortality rates, is frequently higher than had generally been thought in the past]. [For example, it is 10.5 additional years (+/- 2 years) for a 15-year-old patient who has been in the VS for 1 year, and 12.2 years for a 15-year-old patient who has been in the VS for 4 years]. THE OLDER THE PATIENT AND THE LONGER THE PATIENT HAD BEEN IN A PVS, THE LONGER THE MEDIAN SURVIVAL TIME - ALWAYS MANY YEARS - NEVER, NEVER, NEVER MONTHS! So Gambone is either a very sloppy clinician that is poorly up to date with medical literature, or he is a criminal, or he is both!
Posted by richard at March 11, 2005 2:32 PM
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