Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Rep. John Murtha dies after surgery complications (Malpractice)
CNN ^ | 2-8-10

Posted on 02/08/2010 6:18:34 PM PST by My Favorite Headache

CNN) -- Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, a longtime fixture on the House subcommittee that oversees Pentagon spending, died after complications from gallbladder surgery, according to his office. He was 77.

The Democratic congressman recently underwent scheduled laparoscopic surgery at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to remove his gallbladder. The procedure was "routine minimally invasive surgery," but doctors "hit his intestines," a source close to the late congressman told CNN.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: bethesda; healthcare; murtha
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-117 next last
To: My Favorite Headache
but doctors "hit his intestines,"

They were hard to miss, I'm sure.

51 posted on 02/08/2010 6:49:12 PM PST by behzinlea
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache
Well, then, he shouldn'ta had the surgery.

His time was up and he couldn't escape it.

He should have taken better care of himself.

I hope there's no malpractice suit.

52 posted on 02/08/2010 6:49:53 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache

Russian - “Tutski Shitski”
VietNamese - “Xin Loi”
Spanish - “Lo Ciento Mucho”
Turkish - “Zig Zig Iki Caris”


53 posted on 02/08/2010 6:53:22 PM PST by jongaltsr (It)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dubya

>>SEMPER FI and God bless John.
Murtha, a Marine, fought in Korea and then re-enlisted to fight in Vietnam, where he won two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.<<

And then he p*ssed it all away for politics. A fat lot of good that will do him, wherever he is headed.(Not my place to judge, just saying he’s headed somewhere).

SEMPER FI


54 posted on 02/08/2010 6:53:57 PM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache

Who or “What” is up to replace him?


55 posted on 02/08/2010 6:54:40 PM PST by jongaltsr (It)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache

If the RAT healthcare scam would have been in
place Murtha might still be with us for a while
longer. Why? Because the “panel of experts” would
have stepped in and not dis-allowed the operation
in the first place due to his advanced years.

Oh, wait...ah, the lawmakers
aren’t part of the same plan the rest of us
would be forced into........Hmmm, forget it.


56 posted on 02/08/2010 6:54:49 PM PST by Sivad (NorCal Red Turf)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dawn53

“Murtha had a “tough-as-nails reputation”

Actually, now it would be “Dead As A Door Nail”.

Turned on his fellow Marines, I call him a traitor!


57 posted on 02/08/2010 6:58:06 PM PST by outhousepatrol
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache

Horrible things come in threes; first the swimmer, now the Murtha......who could be next? I’m so fearful.


58 posted on 02/08/2010 6:58:09 PM PST by Archie Bunker on steroids (Mugabi will look like Reagan when this thing is over with)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: babygene

“but doctors “hit his intestines,”

Apparently he had more guts than I gave him credit for...


59 posted on 02/08/2010 6:58:37 PM PST by BigCinBigD (")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: SandRat

“LIBTards soon to claim it was a Republican Doctor’s fault.”

One lib is already using this as a reason for passing Obamacare. It apparently wouldn’t have happened if Obamacare passed.


60 posted on 02/08/2010 7:03:06 PM PST by imskylark
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: tflabo
Lt. Col. Chessani.

Or did I miss something? ;-)

61 posted on 02/08/2010 7:05:48 PM PST by ItsForTheChildren
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache
He'd probably be alive today if he had only had the operation performed in Canada where SocialistCare is obviously so much better than anything we have here.

I could have told him this, but doubt if he would have listened to me.

Leni

62 posted on 02/08/2010 7:12:21 PM PST by MinuteGal (Bill O'Reilly: 9/8/09: "Communism is not a threat to us anymore"-10/20/09: "Obama is not a Marxist")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache

Of all the gall... I thought we would have died of syphilis, after fü¢king dirty dirty America since the mid seventies.
Rest in peace, you thieving bastard.


63 posted on 02/08/2010 7:13:34 PM PST by MS_Steve
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache

My very kind and loving mother said, “I won’t miss him.”

I have to agree with mom in this case.


64 posted on 02/08/2010 7:16:15 PM PST by Tennessee_Bob (A1C 5.5)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Randy Larsen

maybe the Doc had been a Navy Corpseman in a previous life.

Just sayin’...


65 posted on 02/08/2010 7:17:16 PM PST by castlebrew (Gun control means hitting where you're aiming!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache

The Irony.

Killed by the system he tried to destroy.


66 posted on 02/08/2010 7:18:16 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (November is coming.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache

He was at a Naval Hospital? Oh my, and this old fart attacked and lied about Marines...sounds like there truly is justice by Naval docs....opps


67 posted on 02/08/2010 7:18:38 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: anton
The hand of God reached across his distended body and touched the surgeon’s knife, guiding it to the filthy intestine which released its vile contents into the cavity of the evil Murtha, in one sweet stroke avenging the wrongs committed against so many of our great heroes in Iraq.

God rest his evil soul.

I was going to say that perhaps the hand of God was at play in this because of his falsely accusing those Marines...

But you said it so much better than I ever could...

68 posted on 02/08/2010 7:22:12 PM PST by Screaming_Gerbil (Luke 22:36 "Then said he unto them...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: svcw

“He was part of the 2% risk category.”

Along with Hoss Cartwright of long ago TV fame. He never came out of the anesthetic after his gall bladder operation.


69 posted on 02/08/2010 7:25:37 PM PST by Western Phil
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Dubya
For which he should rightfully be honored.

Regretably, he chose to become the hallmark of political corruption. He deserves no honor for that.

PRayers for his soul and his family.

70 posted on 02/08/2010 7:28:47 PM PST by starlifter (Sapor Amo Pullus)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: Western Phil
Oh, I didn't know how he died. I read a review about him a million years ago that said he was gentle man just like the character he played.
71 posted on 02/08/2010 7:29:40 PM PST by svcw (If you are going to quote the Bible know what you are quoting.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 69 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache
Image and video hosting by TinyPic "Gosh Ted, it's a lot hotter than I expected heaven to be"....... "Uh John, ..hic..I uh,...burp,... don't exactly think that..hic...we're in heaven"
72 posted on 02/08/2010 7:30:15 PM PST by festusbanjo (It's not that we tax too little, it's that we spend too damn much!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BigCinBigD

but doctors “hit his intestines,”

_______________________________________________________

“Apparently he had more guts than I gave him credit for...”

_______________________________________________________

Nah, he was just so full of crap that it killed him.


73 posted on 02/08/2010 7:32:31 PM PST by festusbanjo (It's not that we tax too little, it's that we spend too damn much!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 59 | View Replies]

To: svcw

It was a shock and a loss.

My wife had similar surgery before we were married (years before Hoss’s operation), so I have been somewhat sensitive to celebrity gall bladder problems.


74 posted on 02/08/2010 7:43:26 PM PST by Western Phil
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 71 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache

Laparoscopic surgery in the abdominal or pelvic area carries the risk of bowel perforation. It’s a small risk but it does happen.


75 posted on 02/08/2010 7:44:48 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Prayers for the Ft. Hood families, victims and soldiers.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache

Obama care would have denied the surgery and told him to take a pill. Too bad they didn’t pass it and have to live by it. If Murtha had Obama care instead of his cushy Cadillac policy, he’d be alive today.


76 posted on 02/08/2010 7:51:12 PM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jongaltsr
Me on om de dah (sp) Korean and Japan?
77 posted on 02/08/2010 7:51:12 PM PST by Domangart (editor and publisher)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 53 | View Replies]

To: MarkeyD

Don’t know the details.


78 posted on 02/08/2010 7:52:47 PM PST by 1066AD
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 50 | View Replies]

To: Roses0508
Murtha was not a senator, thank God! He was a congressman, a very corrupt congressman who delivered the pork to his district, he was a fowl corrupt scumbag who would sell anything for a few bucks, but of course his vote. He held out in the ABSCAM sting operation for more bucks, so he missed his prison term. And yet he sat in our foul, corrupt, stinking, abject Congress for another decade.

Thank God he is fini!

79 posted on 02/08/2010 7:53:05 PM PST by GregoryFul
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: MinuteGal

He was treated at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center. Therefore, ironically he was a direct victim of government health care. But I would not disparage Bethesda as it is a first rate medical intuition for major medical procedures. The elite pols and top military brass use it all the time. The problem with military medical services lies with the quality of care at less renown hospitals and the abysmal treatment for veterans with chronic diseases.


80 posted on 02/08/2010 7:55:30 PM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 62 | View Replies]

To: GregoryFul
Oh, and his family, all on the take, thanks to Murtha's influence on steering taxpayer money to "stuff" without qualification.

A whole lot of stinking corrupt scum. God damn them all.

81 posted on 02/08/2010 7:58:12 PM PST by GregoryFul
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 79 | View Replies]

To: 1066AD
Sorry, that was a play on Obama in wanting to give someone a pain pill instead of a pacemaker.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-dQfb8WQvo
82 posted on 02/08/2010 7:58:54 PM PST by MarkeyD (I support the Secret Service but not their mission.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 78 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache

Yes, I agree Murtha’s work in Congress was “malpractice” as the title states.


83 posted on 02/08/2010 8:03:08 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Randy Larsen
Malpractice or justice?

This definitley falls outside the 'standard of care', but is a known complication of any laparoscopic proceedure. However, the surgery having been done at Bethsda Navy Hospital, the nearest of kin would probably need to get permission from the government to bring a case. Perhaps a lawyer could clarify, if I have misstated the law.

Dying of a perforated gut is not a pleasant way to die. Multiple intraabdominal abcesses or generalized peritonitis, then generalized sepsis, then pulmonary complications, followed by renal failure and multiple system failure. With him being 78 years old he already had a strike or two against, and if he had concurrent disease such as cardiac, pulmonary, or otherwise problems, he was looking down the barrel of a difficult recovery.

84 posted on 02/08/2010 8:05:48 PM PST by Texas Songwriter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache

Proof that our system is horribly inept!

“National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland”

Oops, that’s a *government-run* hospital. The 1 pilloried for having too many rats a few years ago.


85 posted on 02/08/2010 8:16:51 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MarkeyD

Super, super! Best one yet!

I wonder how many readers know what you meant.


86 posted on 02/08/2010 8:17:42 PM PST by SootyFoot2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 50 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache

Where is John “ambulance” Edwards when you need him?


87 posted on 02/08/2010 8:19:19 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache

” but doctors “hit his intestines,”

Peritonitis....

Rough way to go.

Hated his politics.

May he rest in peace and may his family find some too.


88 posted on 02/08/2010 8:32:05 PM PST by glasseye
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache

All of Murtha’s problems are now behind him . . . save one.


89 posted on 02/08/2010 8:33:47 PM PST by YHAOS (you betcha!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache

Was the surgeon a Marine?


90 posted on 02/08/2010 8:38:06 PM PST by old-ager
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jongaltsr
"Who or “What” is up to replace him? "

A special election, date to be set within 10 days, probably May 18 (Primary day). I think there are already Republican challengers.

91 posted on 02/08/2010 8:38:09 PM PST by matthew fuller (GO GREEN!!! Recycle the Senate and Congress in 2010)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 55 | View Replies]

To: castlebrew
As Obama might put it, "Murtha? He's a corpse, man."
92 posted on 02/08/2010 8:39:41 PM PST by behzinlea
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 65 | View Replies]

To: imskylark
"It apparently wouldn’t have happened if Obamacare passed."

I think that this is a Federal gov't hospital.......

National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland

93 posted on 02/08/2010 8:44:31 PM PST by matthew fuller (GO GREEN!!! Recycle the Senate and Congress in 2010)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 60 | View Replies]

To: behzinlea
As Obama might put it, "Murtha? He's a corpse, man."

...and taking this route...how come everyone's piling on about the "corps man" pronunciation, but nobody talks about how Obama, when apparently referring the corpsman's ship, said "US&S" instead of "USS"????? Did I miss something?
94 posted on 02/08/2010 8:49:20 PM PST by BikerJoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 92 | View Replies]

To: Archie Bunker on steroids
Horrible things come in threes; first the swimmer, now the Murtha......who could be next? I’m so fearful.

Old Harry R. isn't looking so good, I'm just sayin....

95 posted on 02/08/2010 8:56:18 PM PST by blondee123 (Illinois ELECT Adam Kinzinger - http://www.electadam.com/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 58 | View Replies]

To: Archie Bunker on steroids

Kennedy Number One, Murtha Number Two, and my money is on Byrd for Number Three.

And I expect Republicans to win the special elections to replace Murtha and Byrd just as Scott Brown won “The People’s” aka Teddy’s Seat.


96 posted on 02/08/2010 10:02:32 PM PST by HighlyOpinionated (He has refused his Assent to Laws. He has erected a multitude of New Offices. Who? Obama!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 58 | View Replies]

To: Screaming_Gerbil; anton

Guess Murtha failed to notate before his surgery that God is a Marine and didn’t appreciate Murtha’s turncoat actions!


97 posted on 02/08/2010 10:04:42 PM PST by HighlyOpinionated (He has refused his Assent to Laws. He has erected a multitude of New Offices. Who? Obama!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 68 | View Replies]

To: glasseye
A human has crossed the great divide: he cannot come to me, but I will go to him...

May God comfort his family in their time of sadness.
98 posted on 02/08/2010 10:15:58 PM PST by Acrobat (I've never previously said "not my president". I guess there's a first for everything.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 88 | View Replies]

To: matthew fuller

I know. I forgot the sarcasm tag.

A democratic congressman said that this is why Obamacare needs to pass. Only problem, it was a government hospital that made the mistake. It doesn’t look good for ‘government run.’ That’s why I made that statement.


99 posted on 02/08/2010 10:22:44 PM PST by imskylark
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 93 | View Replies]

To: svcw

Just lost my grandfather to that “2% risk category”. Went in for a surgery and and never came out. One of the worst days of my life to date. He was by far and way one of my most favorite people on the planet. Anyway, it was a “mistake” error, whatever, but after CAREFUL and thorough review it did not rise to the level of malpractice. It does happen...


100 posted on 02/08/2010 10:42:40 PM PST by Anti-Hillary (Yo Barry, IF FOR 20 YEARS YOU STAY IN THE PEW, IT'S BECAUSE YOU SHARE THE VIEW!!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-117 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson