Monday, May 14, 2012

What a waste of 1042 words about a precious child–Amazing of how the victim remains on trail and never the Dental Boards or the dentist at fault.

On May 5, 2012 Kevin Rector of the Baltimore Sun devoted 1042 words to an article questioning the mental and emotional health of Jenny Olenick who died April 6, 2011during a sedation procedure to extract 4 3rd molars (wisdom teeth). Jenny was  17 years old. One has to wonder who actually wanted that many words devoted to this case, it certainly wasn’t Jenny’s mom, Cathy Garger. I doubt the writer was actually monitoring the civil case in the courts, so who handed over this piece to Rector? I doubt it was an idea from the bankrupt media conglomerate Tribune newspapers, which is the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, WGN TV and others. Whoever it was, should have thought more about it and made another choice. Below is the link to the article.

By Kevin Rector, May 3, 2012

Lawyers question Olenick's health prior to surgery death

I’ve spoken with Cathy and the article from Mr. Rector cut her to the core.

Thank goodness someone in Cathy’s community spoke up and thank goodness the Baltimore Sun published the “Letter to the Editor”.

Letter to the Editor:

Lawyer's assertions in dental death lawsuit 'ridiculous and insulting'

May 13, 2012 | 2:22 p.m.

My heart goes out to the family of Jenny Olenick, who by all accounts was a talented and wonderful teen. The May 5 article detailing events surrounding the filing of a malpractice suit, "Lawyers question teen's health before death," got my attention for several reasons.

To imply that pre-exiting conditions, such as stress, anxiety and heart disease would have contributed to or caused her death seem far-fetched. As reported in the article the autopsy report found "no evidence of a physical process, like cardiomyopathy having occurred," according to the state's chief medical examiner. Regarding the premise of "undisclosed medical conditions," the article states that Ms. Olenick had a medical evaluation and was "cleared" for anesthesia and surgery.

In addition, anyone with common sense knows that a mother seeking top-notch care for her child would never withhold any medical information that could impact the outcome for her child. The choice by the family and Dr. Coletti to schedule the procedure where a "qualified medical anesthesiologist" would be available due to "parental concerns regarding anxiety issues" was a sound choice in my mind. How many people have had a prior experience with something as simple as a blood draw that sets them up for medical fears and anxiety? Just listen to all the commercials offering anesthesia for dental procedures. Even pediatric dentists offer "happy air" for their littlest of patients.

In today's world, our teens must negotiate a highly competitive academic system in addition to all the "angst" that naturally comes with being an adolescent. I imagine that any guidance counselor in any Howard County high school could readily supply a list of student names with concerns relating to stress and anxiety.

Certainly we are complex beings with our psychological and physical health woven together. But to imply that "stress and anxiety" could cause a young girl's death seems totally unfounded — a slippery slope. I would hope that we have come farther than this.

Seems to me a mistake was made (and yes, we are all humans and capable of making mistakes, even catastrophic ones) and someone needs to "man up" and admit it instead of playing these ridiculous and insulting cards.

Lisa Bellor

From Jenny’s mom:

“It is refreshing to see someone from the community who I do not know come to Jenny's defense. You see, what the defense team fails to talk about is why Jenny was deprived of oxygen for what Hopkins said was "a very, very long period of time," causing her to suffer "extreme, extreme brain damage."