On November 20th of last year, Joshua Brumm was airlifted to Denver Health Medical Center after a left kidney injury that happened when he fell onto a rock while he was snowboarding.
Doctors in Vail sent Joshua to Denver Health (a level 1 trauma center) in the hopes that they could save Joshua's kidney, but after eight days of internal bleeding, a surgical team removed it, on November 28th.
Joshua died on December 2nd of last year, just hours after he was discharged from the Denver Health Medical Center after a 12-day long hospital stay.
Internal bleeding was the ruled cause of death from an autopsy report and now, Denver Health has received notice of a potential $10 million dollar lawsuit for the death of the 24-year old ski school instructor for Beaver Creek.
Joshua's mother, Lynn Brumm spoke to Problem Solvers in an exclusive interview stating that “A 24-year-old should not go into the hospital because of a kidney injury and die."
According to Hollynd Hoskins who is a medical malpractice attorney representing the Brumm family, medical records showed that the hospital staff never did further imaging after Joshua's kidney surgery to see whether or not the internal bleeding had continued. Holly also said, “If they had done their job Joshua Brumm would be here with us today."
Last month Denver Health made the following statement to Problem Solvers, “Denver Health is conducting a thorough review of the care provided to Mr. Brumm. As this is a pending legal matter, we are unable to discuss any further details about the incident at this time.”
Last Friday the medical system sent the Problem Solvers an updated statement that reads as follows:
“We are deeply saddened about the tragic death of Joshua Brumm. Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this challenging time. The safety and well-being of our patients is our top priority at Denver Health, and we make every effort to ensure they receive the best care possible. After another facility notified us of his death, Denver Health conducted a thorough and immediate review of the care provided to Mr. Brumm. Denver Health complied with State regulatory requirements, and the incident was reported by Denver Health to CDPHE. After conducting a review, CDPHE had no findings regarding the incident, including with respect to the timing of when the report was submitted.”
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