Valley woman's case highlights medical malpractice debate

Las Vegas Sun
Monday, February 7, 2005

Four years ago, Dianne Meyer was working as an usher at Cirque du Soleil's "O." She called it her "little senior job," and she loved the chance it gave her to stay active and mingle with a glamorous crowd.
After work one night, she went home and went to bed, only to wake up within hours with a stabbing pain in her right side.
She never dreamed it was the beginning of a horrific ordeal -- that a month and a half later she would wake up in a hospital bed, confused and unable to speak, and realize that both her legs had been cut off below the knees.
Meyer says she was the victim of a medical mistake that should not have happened, and she says people like her, not bickering doctors and lawyers, should be at the center of the debate over medical malpractice lawsuits.
Today, Meyer and her husband will travel to Washington, D.C., to join about 50 other victims and family members who have been hurt by medical negligence. They will appear at several events on Tuesday and Wednesday sponsored by the New York-based Center for Justice and Democracy, a consumer-rights and anti-tort-reform group, to lobby against proposed federal legislation, backed by President Bush, that would limit malpractice lawsuits.
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