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Sanford hospital denies police captain's claim

Posted June 2, 2010

— Officials at a Sanford hospital on Wednesday denied a local police captain's claims that an emergency room doctor mistakenly pronounced dead a man injured in a weekend wreck.

Sanford police said they stand by their statement.

The dispute stems from a fatal wreck Saturday in which two people were killed and Claudia Baudililo Hernandez was injured.

Central Carolina Hospital Sanford hospital denies police captain's claim

Hours after the crash, however, police reported Hernandez, 34, had also died. The Sanford Police Department amended the police report on Tuesday and issued a statement that Hernandez is alive.

"Investigating officers were told at Central Carolina Hospital by the attending emergency room doctor that Claudia Hernandez was brain dead and was going to be transported to UNC at Chapel Hill for organ donation," Capt. David Smith wrote in a news release.

The release went on to say that doctors determined Hernandez was not dead when he arrived at UNC.

Doug Doris, Central Carolina's chief executive officer, disputes the version of events, saying Hernandez had a pulse at the emergency room and when an ambulance transported him to UNC.

"He was never pronounced dead," Doris said. "We do not determine brain death in the emergency department ever."

Hernandez, who is listed as Claudia Perez at UNC Hospitals, was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.

Edwin Perez Hernandez and Fermin Patrocinio Perez died at the scene of Saturday's wreck on Jefferson Davis Highway.

Authorities said the truck the three were riding in went off the road, skidded down an embankment and overturned twice before ending up on Douglas Drive.

Police are still looking for the truck's driver, identified as Hugo Alfredo Hernandez. Witnesses told authorities he crawled out of the truck and walked away from the wreck.

Investigators ask that anyone with information about Hugo Hernandez's whereabouts to call the Sanford Police Department at 919-775-8268.


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  • wildcat Jun 3, 2010

    Sanford hospital standing their ground. Even the police chief could not move them. Please keep us up-dated on this story.

  • opinionsrlykbutholesevrybdyhas1 Jun 3, 2010

    Just an FYI for those of you that want to believe this guy was sent only so he could be an organ donor. You do NOT have to be in a big named hospital like UNC to be an organ donor. Depending what organs are deemed usable when a person or their family chooses to donate, they can be harvested in a small community hospital as well as even the funeral home. So don't be fooled into thinking that this was the only reason he was sent to UNC. The hospital in Sanford is not a Trauma Center and this guy obviously suffered trauma type injuries and needed a higher level of care. That would have likely been the reason their doctor decided to send him to UNC. Morebadnews is exactly right with what they said about the hispanics having more than one name. It's very true that they may have any number of aliases as well as the identification to go with them. It makes if very hard to know who is really who. Sayitoutloud is also right on the money. Hospitals are run by humans and humans ALL make mistakes!

  • morebadnews Jun 3, 2010

    First of all you can't blame the hospital if the name is different at UNC. Maybe they were given the wrong name or maybe this person has two last names as some hispanics do. Also, those of you advocating for Moore Regoinal my father died there and I have no doubt if these were done differently or more carefully he would still be here.
    Funny how everyone is so quick to pass judgement on others. Are you all perfect???

  • runinlat Jun 3, 2010

    sayitoutloud-OR we can talk about how Carteret General failed to give my dad a drug to keep him from having a 2nd stroke and it paralized him on the left side

    Sorry to hear, that hospital must not have a good record, it was proven that they were at fault that killed my grandfather.

  • sayitoutloud Jun 3, 2010

    WOW!!! I never realized that CCH was the ONLY hospital in the entire state that had someone die, or was not given the correct diagnosis. Since we are hospital bashing, lets talk about how UNC almost killed my disabled nephew b/c they dosed him for his age and not his weight (he weighs about 20lbs and is 6). OR we can talk about how Carteret General failed to give my dad a drug to keep him from having a 2nd stroke and it paralized him on the left side. SO...CCH is NOT the only hospital that has flaws. I love them. I had an emergency c-section done 7 years ago. My daughter weighed 3lbs, and had to stay for about a week. All of the staff I delt with was AWESOME. Im sure we can all sit here and tell horror stories, but the fact of the matter that EVERY single hospitals have screw up...including MOORE REGINAL.

  • opinionsrlykbutholesevrybdyhas1 Jun 3, 2010

    Ok, so we have the inaccurate interpretation of medical information made by a cop with NO medical expertise, we have the opinion of someone that hasn't set foot in the facility in 8 years telling us how bad the place is NOW and another that thinks we need "doctors that don't care about money (wonder what cloud he lives on?)." Sounds like some real knowledgeable people passing judgement on something they know nothing about except what other misinformed people have passed along to them. Sanford is just one big old gossip box and these are just a few of the residents that like it being that way.

  • crustyhalo Jun 3, 2010

    So what ! And .....is there suppose to be more to this story

  • Heather Jun 3, 2010

    I live in Sanford and would never willingly go to CCH for anything. The one and only time I went there was when my daughter needed stitches on the back of her head around 8 years ago. The nurse dropped the gauze on the floor and proceeded to pick it up and was going to reuse it on my child's wound. I stopped her and demanded she open a new sterile package. That's just a minor incident compared to some of the stories I've heard about CCH.

  • john33101 Jun 3, 2010

    It does not surprise me at all that this hospital did this they are a bunch of quacks if you want to live to get out of the hospital dont go to sanford (CCH)their track record if not good at all. The state should shut them down, and get us doctors that care about peoples health not money.WE Truly need new heath care in sanford

  • ORMA Jun 3, 2010

    I find this to be quite interesting. About 18 months ago a friend of mine went to the CCH emergency room with textbook heart attack symptoms and was told that he had a bad case of acid reflux by the attending physician. If it had not been for a cardiologist that just happened to be walking by, my friend would be dead now. It was a heart attack and a very bad one at that. I am not the least bit surprised that this happened or that CCH is denying that it did. If CCH did not pronounce him dead, how did he end up at Chapel Hill to have his organs harvested for donation? Hmmmmm?