Eurma's Law - To change the request for an autopsy by a family member nationwide.

Eurma's Law - To change the request for an autopsy by a family member nationwide.

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Holly Strunk started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and

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  I'm asking for new law to be put into place nationwide through any agency, organization, hospital, or place a family member may pass away (homes, hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, etc). I'm calling it Eurma's Law (after my mother and what my family and I went through during and after her passing).

  Allow me to explain it to you please. One year ago August 4, my mother passed away in the hospital after 2 weeks of not knowing what had happened to her. I talked to my mother two weeks before and she told me she was still tired and to wake her up in 2 hours. When I went in her room, she was still breathing but I couldn't wake her up. An ambulance was called and they took her to a different hospital than what I requested them to take her to. When I got there, the ER doctor told me that he had to give her propofol to get her to loosen up since she was clinching her mouth and fists so tight in order to put a tube in to protect her airway. The ER doctor wasn't sure what was wrong with her but thought it was "related to her blood pressure being high". I questioned him on why that would cause her not to wake up and he replied with" I'm not sure but it can happen ".

 Then she was moved up to the ICU floor, the doctor there again done several tests. Everything was coming back ok and clear. He told me "that it could just take time for her to wake-up. She may need time to recoup ". When asked what needed time to heal or recoup, he replied "her brain". We asked if there were any other tests to be done to see what was wrong and he replied with "only opening her head up is left and once you do that, they really aren't the same afterwards". A few days later, another doctor came by and suggested hospice in which the ICU doctor also agreed at that point.

  My family and I knew my mother's wishes were not to be hooked up to machines, so we agreed. We talked to both doctors then about an autopsy to find out what really happened since nobody really knew as well as needing to know if it was a medical condition we all need to watch out for. Both the doctors then agreed to the autopsy request. When speaking with the hospice rep, again the autopsy was brought up. The rep agreed and said "it would be no problem". He wrote it down within his notes.

  Once in hospice, there was so much going on there that was wrong but that is a whole other story. While in hospice, the hospital's hospice doctor also agreed to sign for the autopsy. My family and I thought everything was set in place. So, on 8-4-19 my mother passed away in hospice. Once the staff was notified, the drama began. I had staff coming in an out every 15 mins asking if I had a funeral home set up. I kept asking about the autopsy that we had arranged. Finally, the hospital's OA, as she called herself, came in stating that "no doctor here can give any authorization for an autopsy. The hospital is not going to pay for autopsy. You have to pay for it yourself because it is done through the county". When I called the county morgue, in Texas, to get an autopsy you have to found in a bed deceased or in a car accident. Otherwise, it has to be requested by the hospital, hospice, nursing home, etc with the medical file with the reason for the request to see if approved. The rep stated many places just don't want to do the paperwork, so it is let go.

  The cost for the personal request autopsy is 2,500.00. Hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, etc get them at a lower rate since they are done more. I have called other states county morgue and the rules slightly change in each one. Do you know your county morgue's family autopsy request rules? It may surprise you.

  With my story above, unfortunately my family and I did not get an autopsy for my mother. The morgue doesn't make payments plans. Needless to say, a year later, we are still heartbroken and at a loss for words for what happened. We still aren't sure what actually caused her death or if there is a medical condition she had that the family should know or be concerned about.

  I don't want this pain and trauma for anyone else in the world, especially a child. My nieces were there and one was really close to my mother. That is why I'm demanding this change. I demand change in autopsy requests from family members nationwide. If a patient is not given an accurate reasons, doctors within the hospital/nursing home/hospice agree to autopsy, if there is suspected foul play/lying, suspicious activity, and etc; the request for an autopsy to be done on a family member no matter where they have passed and shall be entered and honored and paid by the hospital, hospice, nursing home, or county morgue.

 Again, thank you for reading my mother's story. Please sign and share. Help me stop this from happening to other people's families. It may help ease someone else mind and heart. Even your own one day.

 GOD Bless!

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