Armando Ortega Story – Told By Vangie
Became sick: 12/20/2020
First sought care: 12/22/2020
First and foremost, He was one of the best humans on the planet. Very smart, very giving, always there for any human or pet in need, we are dog rescue people. We also were, for the most part, fairly natural healing people, using nature & good quality supplements to help our God given immune system work at its best.
3 of our family members had covid at the same time, myself, his wife and him. I use natural supplements, and all my FLCCC/Marik protocol, and many top Doctors & nutritional protocols to get thru covid (I’ve had 2 major strains, and other various variants). I was helping them get thru it with proven advice, only my Dad was taking care of far too many things at home and making sure his wife was getting better, and wasn’t keeping up with his own self care. So although he was over covid and was testing negative, he was extremely fatigued, and got to a point where he could not catch his breath, and felt he had to go to hospital for help to get over these conditions.
Taken to one hospital, who upon seeing a heart issue, transferred him to a larger hospital in our capitol. We weren’t even called when this was done, I found out by calling the first hospital! In addition sadly, the whitecoats at the Hartford hospital used his fear and worry to shame him into thinking his health choices were wrong, and caused his illness. A few times he said “I did this to myself”. While keeping us away from the hospital as long as possible, they were having “educational patient sessions” with him that we only found out later, and also by bits of information he was telling us, like “don’t come in”, and “nothing good can come from visiting me right now”.
Well we were in constant contact by phone asking for info from Doctors, and mostly received calls from PA’s or nurses on duty. The following is an edited letter I’ve been sending to lawyers, doctors, and Agencies for complaints and grievances, and I still have 3 to submit. He did NOT have to die this way, I believe he could have been saved by vitamins & FLCCC treatments early on, or at any stage during his stay.
(Attention/Requesting teams/Attorneys/Agencies who are taking on cases of hospital malpractice/wrongful death/Iatrogenic death/ Negligence…)
I was “supposedly” involved in deciding in his care, I have notes, as well as his wife, we both kept daily notes. However, my requests were mainly not taken into real consideration, and were sided, ignored, or denied, even scoffed at. I have finally received most of his medical record (possibly not even the entire thing) but as much as I could get after many attempts. I did not receive any x-rays, or imaging other than what you see in the 1300 page doc. (a few thermal topical images only). The file is not in chronological order, their system lists treatments and medications in some sort of categorical way which I do not understand.
I had already put a grievance in with hospital, who replied 6 weeks later with their non-informative, no actual evidence, not supplying important information that I requested, only basic auto-response replies I heard in the hospital. I am in the process of submitting this letter to Medicare/Dept. Health Human Services, State Medical Board, and State Attorney General. I’m having a hard time finding the right team to review this because he was deemed “covid related”. He had covid approx.21 days before he ended up at hospital due to extreme fatigue and shortness of breath, he was technically over covid. Testing negative multiple times at both hospitals (he was originally at Manchester Hospital for a few hours, then, who transferred him by ambulance to Hartford due to “irregular heart issues”.
He went into hospital with major fatigue and shortness of breath, things seemed to be improving for 5/6 days, then something changed dramatically, and when he was put on bi-pap 12/31, ( I asked what model it was, and what the setting was for Bi-pap (Because there appears to be a recall on certain models which had issues), did not receive an answer) it seemed to go down hill even faster, quickly followed by ventilation about 12 hours after that at 4:30am on Jan.1. Five days on ventilator & different antibiotics damaging many of his organs, since they could not find source of the “infection” they suspected right after they ventilated. Although they were trying several antibiotics and culture tests, and still denying my requests to try certain things noted below*. His body was so damaged on the 5th day on ventilator, in addition they said they could not control his heart rhythm (failing), and also told of multi-organ failure. We decided to stop the damage and let him go peacefully. (Also to learn of such terrible details about him being very agitated the last 5 days by his medical notes), his wife was denied request to speak with a family member(wife called) prior to being ventilated, and denied the phone call. & more heart wrenching notes.
One doctor even refused to take the info I printed and brought to hospital out of my hand for her to look at. When I tried getting the patient advocate involved, it was no help in getting info or treatments I wanted, however she did make note in my file that I was trying to ask for blood work and treatments to help his organs recover from what they were doing. So although it was “deemed covid pneumonia”, he did not test positive for covid , or pneumonia .I believe that its more about mishandling of his treatments, and denial of treatments that could have helped. On another note: his death certificate appears also be filled out improperly based on the CT regulations and descriptions of what death should actually attributed to and in what order. This may be of significance because if they are saying he died of covid, then “their treatment” was right, but if he died of other causes, the treatment or lack of treatment was not helping.
They (Hartford Hosp.) went on full steam with their “covid protocol” without any regard to what I was requesting or trying to explain, which included some proven post covid /long covid treatments for damaged lungs, and also EU, emergency use authorized treatments, and some additional treatments which would have been non-invasive to try like high dose IV Vitamin C. (or Marik protocol treatments), plasma (I offered mine- but they did not even know his blood type and would not test it to find out, even though I requested, they said “we aren’t doing that plasma treatment for covid”. All denied. Some doctors listened & ignored my requests, the common response to most requests was “we don’t do that for covid”.
There are MANY things , in my opinion that contributed to his death, and many could have been avoided. Reviewing other similar cases, I don’t believe he had to die like this. One example Including when he was intubated, somehow punctured a hole somewhere in the mediastinum, which consequently caused his lung to collapse, and started a continuous pocket of air/gas build up in his chest and neck, which was never remedied. Not something that had to happen, or should have happened to a person struggling to breathe. There is also confusion concerning in time period from when he appeared to be improving (12/25-27) and was being informed of what to expect when released, (we received calls about home nursing visitation care & physical therapy) -to being put on a bi-pap (12/31), and quickly on to ventilator 4:30am 1/1, with some unclear procedures, treatments, medications, and disturbing happenings in those two days, “Emergency Flo record” pg.1328 is confusing with scribbled out information. Denying his wife to speak with him before being ventilated as he has asked for 1 moment earlier to a nurse, who called his wife, this will haunt us for the rest of our lives.
pg.2 of 3 When he could still speak, prior to 12/31, he kept saying it “wasn’t a good idea “for us to visit, after having conversations with staff. He told us several times not to come in because they said it was not a good idea. He was not covid positive on any test, and other tests were negative as well for infections. Although we were speaking by phone it was difficult to reach him for updates, his phone was not working all the time. Regarding the “Influenza VAC Split Quad injection “, which we were not told about at all during his stay. Record stated: Ordered, “in process” on 12/27 electronically signed by – 12/27/21, authorized by – package number 58160-887-41. “In process”. Also note of some patient education by –. 12/27, 12/28, & 12/29 There is no information on the lot # or where the injection was given. This was not ever discussed with his wife or myself (daughter Wendy)during his stay, I only saw this when I finally received his medical file, way after his death. We would like and absolute answer on this with proof, of where that package # went.
The hospital grievance reply and director of patient advocacy relayed “it was not given”, but I have no other back up evidence it was not given, all the notes appear to lean towards it being given).
They also said they would not give me the “covid protocol” they were treating him with in writing, I asked for it via the grievance letter, and reply and by phone when their “system director” called me. 6/28 — My reply letter to the patient advocate team prompted their “system director” to call me and ask “what exactly I was looking for”. When I asked again for answers and info, same info was Repeated, and most questions were not answered properly. She did not even know what “Right to Try” act was for patient rights and medical treatments. She also stated its the “providers decision on what is ordered for treatment, and is under no obligation” to try other treatments. A patient /family has the right to request to try things when they are getting worse, and doctors treatments are making patients worse.
When you are ready for even more detail, please let me know. I have much more detail in my notes and files and researched info, I can share as needed. Can you help us hold them accountable for their blatant disregard for what we and he/likely would have wanted to try, especially since what they were doing was making him worse. Yes, he was unvaccinated, and they certainly made that point several times in his file, even listed under “active problems”.However that should have had no bearing on his medical treatment. Our family believe in natural immunity, his wife had same strain and are fine, I had it twice and am fine.
Additional info: *Treatments like: simple vitamins , minerals & probiotics early on, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, convalescent plasma, dialysis And other combinations such as higher dose steroids, IV Vitamin C. And rejected other medical therapies (FLCCC protocol) shown in many other cases to have helped, Ivermectin, hydroxy chloroquine, convalescent plasma (which possibly could have come from me) monoclonal antibodies** especially since his D-Dimer was so high, and several other emergency authorized drugs like: baricitrinib (Olumiant), and Zyesami/ Aviptadil, were not tried which were in use at the time he was hospitalized.
Other symptomatic treatments which may have helped like deferoxamine/iron chelator for high ferritin, an approved treatment was not tried. Or dialysis tried to help clear blood issues, as the blood work shows many issues even prior to ventilation. Also rejected was my request for heat thermography/imaging or photos to perhaps find where the infection might be in his body, since the source could not be found, and was not found. I was told “Its not something we use to find infection.”
1/5 notes indicate zinc, Vit C, Thiamine B, melatonin for COVID per family request, these were not added starting on Jan.4 . Dr. — appears to have had a conversation about treatment, he noted if ventilation is needed “patient is game”.?? Is that even appropriate language for such a grave procedure? (pg.176) *what options were given if any, and what was the criteria for the decision to ventilate at 4:30am. I see a couple of oxygen dips to lower levels , then recovery* as noted, I see one note of “confusion” and pulling out his IV and trying to get up asked to speak with his wife, right before he was ventilated. My father was very sensitive to drugs, (since he did not use them). why such heavy & multiple doses given in such a short span of time during time of Bi-pap to ventilation.
Also a nurse said to his wife (by phone) he would like to speak with his wife before he was ventilated, she called the room phone seconds after, but a nurse advised, “he doesn’t want to talk now” …we doubt that. This was the last chance he had to speak with a family member. This was approx. 4am. We wonder what he wanted to say, what did he say to any staff members at that time, there are no notes about what he was trying to say.
pg.3 of 3 When I asked what would be done about the air/gas pockets building up after he was ventilated, I was told it would be monitored, sometimes it can fix itself, but there are procedures that can be done if it does not resolve, I asked every day what was being done about it. Although a tube was inserted after lung collapsed, the air/gas build up got worse every day, and nothing further was done, air/gas pockets increased in chest and neck daily and his C02 levels were rising. He was always on his back, we never saw him proned in any other positions, even though a Dr said it might be a good idea, so I’m not sure why it was not done. What was the reasoning choice for Valetri, (given the notes on side effects and when its not advisable to use on patients with fluid in lungs, or problems breathing.) What was the reasoning for Vancomycin, (he tested negative for Staph, viral and bacterial infections including Staph & given the side effects warnings about damaging kidney function) my Dad developed AKI. (kidney damage) Why were we were not told at any point during our calls that every time he was awoken by staff (sometimes 2-4 hours apart per his record , Jan 1-5), that he became agitated and tried pulling at his connection lines. We would have wanted to know this.
The page 3/14 listing “Final diagnosis” in records doesn’t seem to match up with other notations & conditions in his file for example: Kidney Failure noted as a “no”, however we were told his kidneys were damaged and failed, verbally advised as well as lab work. Pneumonia as “yes” even though the (pneumonic )test was negative Covid as “yes” , however he never tested positive Encephalopathy says “no” however noted as a condition in his file several places, Emphysema says “no” Acidosis says “no” Pneumothorax as “no”, however noted in record as a major issue several times. Some of these are also listed on the death certificate. Death certificate notes: Immediate cause of death “Complications of Covid -19”. He did not have covid in the hospital. he had post covid pneumonia-like symptoms, which were never remedied. The death certificate has Checked on manner of death- Natural. What is the definition of natural death?
Cause of death info does not seem to follow the CDC guidelines on how a death certificate should be filled out in Part I and II. Per : https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvss/vsrg/vsrg03-508.pdf Most information never received while he was in hospital, bloodwork, blood type, medications (not all were mentioned by phone), also to speak with Nutritional Doctor, who never called me. So I reached out to patient advocate team for help with communications, it didn’t help much. I had trouble reaching the Dr.s in charge of his care, I was only able to speak with the PA’s most of the time. I asked 2x for Dr – to call me, but a PA called me back. I only spoke/saw him Dr.– the morning my Father was dying,1/5/22 am. he came over into conversation I was having with a PA, (with an incorrect attitude I might add), since he was there I asked him about dialysis, and he said it was “too late because there was multi organ damage now”.
When the source of the “assumed infection” could not be found, I asked about a mobile thermography unit or camera used to find the potential area of higher heat (potential infection), which I requested, I was told they “don’t do this to find infection”. Why not upon request, would have been a harmless tactic to try.
Both hands had some bruising and fingers/knuckles cuts and bruising. We saw in person, and have our own photos. Twice I requested a copy of Hartford Hospitals guidelines and protocols for treating covid patients, the “director of Patient Advocate department “ said that is not something they can do. Why not? It is patient right to know what a treatment will be/was, or was supposed to be. She also was not aware of what the Right to Try act was regarding patients right to try possible treatments when patient is dying and what the doctors are doing is not helping.
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