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MOTHER: "I won't let you die, son."


By Kandit News Group


(Tumon, Guam) On January 23, 2016, Monica DeVera rushed her son, Charles Vincent Blas, to the Guam Regional Medical City, after finding him at home with seizures his mother believed were caused by a prescription he had just taken.


While in GRMC's care, Mr. Blas was given a lethal dose of medication and died right in front of his mother, she said.


In the seconds before his death, he shouted at her, "Mom, please don't let me die! Mom!"


She replied, "I won't let you die, son."



DeVera

Ms. DeVera sought the help of an attorney to bring justice to her son's death. The attorney informed her of Guam's Medical Malpractice Mandatory Arbitration Act and told her that because of the law, she would need to fork out $60,000 to start the arbitration against the doctors she alleges caused the malpractice and her son's death.


Ms. DeVera didn't have $60,000. The vast majority of Guam's residents do not have this kind of money.


Two other families, who have fallen victim to medical malpractice, the Lubofskys and the Taitagues, filed suit against parties to malpractice claims and have simultaneously requested a permanent injunction against the government of Guam to declare the MMMA unconstitutional. A Saipan family last week filed a similar suit for malpractice that allegedly occurred at GRMC.


Throughout last year, David Lubofsky, whose son Asher Dean died on October 31, 2018 due to malpractice, led a campaign for senators to change the law. Sen. Therese Terlaje held a series of informational hearings to take testimony on any proposed changes or reforms.


On October 3, 2019, Ms. DeVera went before the Legislature in one of those hearings and pleaded with senators to repeal the MMMA.



Muna Barnes

On November 18, 2019, Speaker Tina Muna Barnes introduced Bill No. 248, which would keep the mandatory arbitration clauses of the current law, but set aside $100,000 a year to help indigent victims to make claims.


If this bill were to become law, it would not help Ms. DeVera and thousands of others like her, who would be disqualified from tapping into that pool of money (which is not even enough to help two victims a year), based on the qualifying factors in Ms. Muna Barnes's bill.


In statements to the media, Ms. Muna Barnes admitted that the legislation was drafted by doctors who are part of and leaders in the powerful medical lobby group, Guam Medical Association.


Please watch the video we prepared to see Ms. DeVera's heartbreaking plea to senators that fell on deaf ears.


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Si Nena Nai
Si Nena Nai
Jan 24, 2020

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Did tina Muña Barnes say she was worried the doctors would leave and her mom wouldn’t have a doctor? HER MOM GOES OFF ISLAND TO THE STATES FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT. FUCK YOU TINA MUÑA BARNES YOU LYING FUCK. Oh and FYI your husband is fucking my cousin.

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David
David
Jan 19, 2020

Dedicated to Senator Tina Muna Barnes and the other senators that let us die to serve their Donors.


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David
David
Jan 19, 2020

TO GUAM SENATORS: The current Guam legislature has failed the people of Guam as our loved ones die or are injured due to the apathy created by the Mandatory Malpractice Arbitration Act. Its estimated that 10 die monthly on Guam due to medical negligence. What have you done to mitigate that? Doctors who were surveyed by Senator Telo Taitague and Senator Terlaje said they would not leave Guam if Arbitration was repealed, but still no changes by you all. Doctors are allowed to write their own protectionist laws by senators to protect them at our peril. How many have to die before you people stand up? The Guam Board of Medical Examiners has the worst national compliance in the country and is…

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David
David
Jan 19, 2020

Speaker Tina Muna Barnes must be a fool to think we are stupid enough to buy into that discriminatory crock of crap BILL that no one would qualify for. Doctors are killing us and she and the others senators dont care. I challenge any Guam Senator or doctor to meet with us on Kandit and debate this death law.

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