Hospital fails to tell paper that woman doing ‘fantastic’ after treatment had died

Wisconsin State Journal
The Wisconsin State Journal told readers last week about a new treatment for brain aneurysms and quoted Susan Baker Kiconas saying she was “just amazed at the opportunity” to get the treatment. “I feel fantastic,” she added. In fact, Kiconas had died a week before the story was published. “The failure to disclose this information was wrong and we regret that it occurred,” says a UW Hospital spokeswoman. The woman’s 21-year-old daughter accepted a State Journal reporter’s apology for writing about the apparent success of her mother’s procedure without knowing of the death.

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  • Anonymous

    Baloney. The hospital dropped the ball, for sure, but the reporter has the responsibility to insure his or her story is up to date and accurate.

  • Anonymous

    Geez. Think the onus here is really on the reporter. You always, always check on a person’s condition before filing any story on someone in a hospital. A quick call to the family, if not the hospital, could’ve avoided all of this. It’s on the reporter to guarantee his or her story is up to date and accurate. Certainly, it would’ve been nice for the hospital, aware of the story coming, to let the reporter know . . . but primary responsibility is with the reporter.

  • Anonymous

    Please explain why the reporter didn’t check on the woman’s condition before his story was submitted for publication. He obviously had several days to do so.

  • Anonymous

    The article was written a whole week after the woman’s death. The reporter obviously had time during the week to ask the hospital for a condition report. That is how it used to be done anyway. The reporter and Journal deserve full blame for this error in judgement.

  • Anonymous

     Linda, try reading the story. Her doctor said her death was unrelated to the treatment. The UW system also failed to notify the paper about the woman’s death even as it answered questions for the story after she died. “Grossly inaccurate reporting” is a bit of a stretch here.

  • Linda C. Davis

    Which was the greater error, the failure of the new treatment or the grossly inaccurate reporting? 

  • Robert.R.Cathey

    Very big of the reporter to apologize for something that was largely the hospital’s responsibility.