September 15, 2oo9
This is a lot faster and easier for me and you can see and choose (if anything) you want to read.
NOTE: After the press conference it’s clear they still don’t know much – and little of what they initially said turned out to be true. So I’m going back and using red to put in the corrections.
They not only knew absolutely nothing about the medical aspect of the case – they didn’t seem to think it was important in the investigation. They said Tylenol and aspirin, which then turned into Tylenol and Aleve.
They didn’t know what type of drug, how many, when he took them or what the clinical treatment was or if it was appropriate.
They expressed absolutely no curiosity as to why Mr Kelly was stable and then died hours later. They didn’t even ask the ER doctor(s) if his death could be explained by what he took. They never considered the possibility that he could have taken more or been given something at Stroger. There was no mention of the transfer or any treatment. There was no mention of medical negligence/malpractice leading to his death.
Yes, Mr Kelly took an unknown amount of something sometime but they don’t know – nor did it occur to them – that the substances he took were the cause of his death. Even if someone had the intent to kill themselves, and may be uncooperative and combative in the ER – they must be treated the same as someone who accidentally ingested the same thing and wants desperately to live.
Negligence is negligence. Malpractice is malpractice.
He clearly changed his mind when he called Ms FB. He allowed himself to be taken to the ER. He allowed himself to be treated. He cooperative with the officer “sitting up on a gurney”. And he allowed himself to be transferred (if he was still alert).
It’s absolutely clear from his actions – no matter his words – that he wanted to receive treatment – that he wanted to live.
And here is the saddest part of the story.
Mr Kelly attempted suicide last Tuesday, just hours after he pled guilty. He wrote a note, took an unidentified amount of an unidentified OTC medication(s) but never received medical/psychiatric treatment until he got to Oak Forest Hospital ER night.
It’s unknown what complications he could have had from Tuesday’s admitted suicide attempt. He could have been taking medication in the intervening days. Mr Allen could have taken illegal substances out of that trailer along with the pill bottles he later surrendered.
And yet they consider the case closed.
Unclear if the Feds knew about the first attempt and it appears they were none too interested in the second and final one.
This case has been bizarre start to finish.