Man on a mission: He’ll protest at convention

Massachusetts’ Patriot Ledger
Monday, August 30, 2004

A Pembroke man with a lonely mission will be among the hundreds of thousands of protesters expected to descend on the GOP convention in New York City next week.

John McCormack, whose baby daughter Taylor died in 2000 after doctors delayed emergency surgery, wants some answers from President Bush regarding the president’s proposed $250,000 cap on awards for pain and suffering due to medical malpractice.

"I want to ask him the really hard question- if this happened to his wife and his children, are they worth $250,000?" said McCormack, who will wear a sandwich sign bearing photos of Taylor and statistics about medical malpractice.

Although McCormack plans to travel and protest alone, he says that Taylor, who would have turned 5 last Monday, will be with him in spirit.

"I think that’s my daughter’s legacy, to make society a better place, and I’m her voice to do that," he said.
McCormack is suing three Children’s Hospital physicians because 13-month old Taylor died after surgeons there postponed surgery to relieved pressure on her brain.

He says the lawsuit and his opposition to award caps are not about money.

McCormack plans to be at several areas in the city, including Rockefeller Plaza, Times Square and Madison Square Garden, the site of the convention.

He said he’s frustrated that the president, who characterized malpractice lawsuits as "junk" and "frivolous" has refused invitations to meet with the Center for Justice and Democracy, which advocates for the rights of malpractice victims.

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