Hospital Error Leaves Mom With Terminal Cancer

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Laverne Wilkinson (seated center), at church with (left to right) Valerie Thompson, Angie Hansen, Linsey Morris, Kim Call and Mara Kofoed.

Laverne Wilkinson (seated center), at church with (left to right) Valerie Thompson, Angie Hansen, Linsey Morris, Kim Call and Mara Kofoed.

Studies have shown time and time again that when it comes to health care, Blacks are less likely to receive proper treatment.

Here’s another reason for Black people in particular to be afraid of hospitals.

On the morning of Feb. 2, 2010, Laverne Wilkinson was suddenly seized with chest pain while cleaning her apartment.

The single mom made her way by bus to Kings County Hospital, stricken with the fear she was having a heart attack. Doctors in the busy emergency department ordered an EKG and chest X-ray — and gave her a clean bill of health.

First-year resident Dr. James Willis assured Wilkinson that her tests were normal.

“You should take Motrin for pain, and follow up with your doctor,” Willis wrote on her chart.

He was dead wrong.

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