By NRajamannan | Posted October 6, 2013
The denial of tenure is the path to the truth
Statement from Nalini M. Rajamannan, MD, FACC, FAHA- See Ireport
Why would a bright and promising cardiologist be fired from the University hospital that she had practiced at since 2000?
Apparently, protecting her patients is grounds for dismissal. At least, that is the case at Northwestern University in Illinois.
Despite being promoted to Valve Director in 2006, Dr. Nalini M. Rajamannan was terminated in 2008 after reporting the use of non-FDA approved, experimental medical devices being implanted in patients without their knowledge.
The doctor conducting these human experiments, Dr. Patrick McCarthy, was testing his own inventions, an IMR annuloplasty device and a Myxo annuloplasty device manufactured by Edwards Lifescience.
These devices had not been approved by the FDA and even now, many patients have no idea that they have these experimental devices in their bodies.
One Patient’s Experience
Dr. Rajamannan first discovered this deception in July 2007 when one of her patients, Antonitsa Vlahoulis, required a second surgery to replace the Myxo annuloplasty device less than a year after it was implanted.
Ms. Vlahoulis questioned why the device she had was not the one listed on her pre-op brochure.
Discussing her experience, Ms. Vlahoulis stated:
“When I had my consult with Dr. McCarthy, he told me that I had severe Mitral valve prolapse. He said with the severity of my valve, he would most likely have to replace the valve with a pig valve or prosthetic. He explained the difference between the two. He also stated that his specialty was saving the valve by repairing it with a mitral valve ring. He never mentioned what type of ring, or that he was an inventor and he had designed a ring for this purpose.”
She went on to say:
“He told me I would feel like a new person immediately after my surgery. I knew as soon as I woke up from the surgery that I was in trouble. I did not feel like a new person. My breathing felt a lot worse. I had a lot of complications only to find out he had implanted a device he had just invented and start implanting in patients one month before me.
I was never asked to sign an informed consent, nor was I advised that I was part of an experimental trial.”
Ms. Vlahoulis said that by the time she had the device removed, the experimental ring had caused stenosis. She also needed her tricuspid valve repaired and now has a permanent pacemaker. She says she continues to have shortness of breath upon exertion as well as other heart issues. Her question remains unanswered:
“How can you place a non FDA device in a patient without their consent and knowledge? What century are we living in?”
Authorities in Saudi Arabia have announced they have installed some 1,700 CCTV cameras ahead of the Hajj which starts October 16th. The five day pilgrimage will see millions of Muslims from around the world gathering in Mecca. (source)
What they have not been so quick to announce, is another six cases of the novel coronavirus MERS within their orders. Two of these patients have had no known contact with a confirmed case be it animal or human. (source)
Pilgrims have already started arriving, and millions more are making their final travel arrangements before leaving their homes and travelling to the holy site. Millions of people huddled together provides excellent breeding conditions for numerous diseases including MERS.
MERS has many variables. Incubation time varies from individual to individual as do symptoms which range from nothing more serious than a common cold to multi-organ failure and death.
Human to human transmission of the disease has been confirmed.
So far there have been just 136 cases, 58 of which have proved fatal. It’s to be hoped that the Hajj does not cause a massive uptick in cases and that all the pilgrims return home carrying nothing more than happy memories and a few photographs.
– See more at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/6-more-cases-of-mers-virus-in-saudi-arabia-with-the-hajj-just-a-week-away_102013#sthash.s09Z4mDg.dpuf