Thursday, August 31, 2017

Aanning makes statement on death of Brady Folkens

Retired Yankton surgeon and patient advocate Lars Aanning has updated a piece Jonathan Ellis wrote on Brookings teen, Brady Folkens who died after misdiagnosis and treatment he received in a state-operated detention facility.
Negligent medical care, a false autopsy, forged letters from the state licensing board, and an indifferent wall of silence mandated by the state risk managers are only the tip of the iceberg in this young boy's unnecessary death. South Dakota's leadership (the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and their appointees) and their co-conspirators (the Avera leadership in Sioux Falls) have cruelly stiffed the mother of Brady Folkens in her unrelenting struggle to seek closure. Never since the moment Brady unexpectedly died at Avera McKennon Hospital has any one of these enablers ever reached out to Dawn Van Ballygooyen to express sympathy, give condolence, or comfort her for her loss. Their conspiratorial silence and evasion of credibility is simply stunning and, very frankly, basically un-American...[comment, Dr. Lars Aanning]
The issue of medical negligence has yet to be resolved.
The defendants in a lawsuit stemming from the December 2013 death of a boy in state custody at the former State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy received a victory earlier this month when a Seventh Circuit Court judge awarded them a partial summary judgment, dismissing a pair of the claims made in the lawsuit. The suit seeks an unspecified amount, including attorney fees, medical and funeral expenses and punitive damages. [Custer County Chronicle]
This blog has covered the story, too.

The now-shuttered STAR Academy has been offered for sale to the public. Its predecessor Custer State Hospital has a macabre history of its own.

1 comment:

larry kurtz said...

State Senator Stace Nelson has called his experience trying to track down documents in the Folkens case fraught with "BS excuses and obfuscation."