Lucky’s Legacy Story (Animal Medical Center) Complaint #1 – NY

I have been asked by supporters of Luckys Legacy to give more details on Lucky’s death. Now that our story has reached a conclusion I can give an account of what happened and inform others on what to do if they believe that their vet is responsible for the death of their pet.

The following describes the sequence of events that led to Lucky’s untimely death and my pursuit for justice.

On January 24, 2010 I rushed Lucky to the (AMC) Animal Medical Center in New York City because of a gurgling sound coming from his chest. Dr. Huelsman, the attending physician told me that Lucky’s lungs were filling up with fluid and that he was in the beginning stage of heart failure. She then said that we caught it early and that his prognosis was good. Lucky was diagnosed with (UCM) Unclassified Cardiomyopathy. He was immediately put on heart medications: Lasix 20 mg, Enalapril 2.5 mg.

After Lucky’s first heart episode I arranged for him to receive supportive care; in-house acupuncture once a week from Dr. Chiross, an acupuncturist associated with the (AMC). Lucky did well; he had a good appetite, remained active and had normal bowel movements. Because we didn’t have a specific cardiologist in charge of treating Lucky’s heart condition I asked Dr. Chiross for a recommendation. He replied, There were two on-staff at the (AMC) Dr. Fox and Dr. Betsy Bond.”

After an initial appointment with Dr. Fox we ended up seeing Dr. Betsy Bond.

Because Lucky was doing well Dr. Bond cleared him for his annual dentistry. However, I was concerned about him undergoing anesthesia with his heart condition so I declined. Unfortunately, Lucky developed a dental abscess; Dr. Bond prescribed #28Clavamox 62.5mg, 1 tab daily for two weeks. He ultimately received a second round. Once the abscess healed, I began to manually clean his teeth and had success.

It was after the 2nd round of Clavamox, when his health began to decline. The symptoms I observed were weakness, lethargy, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Lucky was also on Budesonide 1mg, a steroid prescribed by Dr. White used to control his IBD, a prior condition. Dr. White said this particular steroid was localized, low dosage, and should not affect his heart. Dr. Bond deferred to Dr. White’s knowledge of internal medicine, and she neither endorsed nor disproved of the administration of this drug.

Shortly after being on Budesonide Lucky accumulated fluid in his abdomen so I brought him back to the (AMC) to be seen by Dr. Bond. Upon examination Dr. Bond said, “the the amount of fluid was not causing him discomfort, and the risk of removing it out weighed the benefit.” My subsequent research has shown that Budesonide in pill form could not have been localized because it travels from the digestive system to the liver and then to the blood. Dr. Bond should have never approved the use of Budesonide, because steroids CAUSE fluid retention, which goes against the efficacy of Furosemide. The well-reported severe side effects of Budesonide are; abnormal heart rhythm, blood clots and chronic heart failure.

When Lucky’s condition progressed to (HCM) Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy I began to accept that he was going to die. However I still wanted to do everything possible for him. So when I observed that he was more lethargic and had weakness in his hind legs I emailed Dr. Bond and asked if anything else could be done. On Feb. 17,2011 she wrote, “Yes, there are things we can change as he changes… .” Because of this statement on Feb. 24, 2011 I brought Lucky back again to the (AMC) to be re- assessed. However on the day of the appointment, Dr Bond disregarded the reason for the appointment: Lucky’s lethargy and weakness in his hind legs.

All the medical journals in my subsequent research report on the high percentile of a likelihood of a saddle thrombosis (blood clot in the lower part of the aorta) forming and that the most visible evidence of saddle thrombosis is the cats’ difficulty in walking. Even Dr.Bond’s colleague Dr. Fox wrote in an article that clots are a 48 % likelihood.

At the time of the appointment Bond completely ignored this well-known risk and did not prescribe any prophylactic medication to prevent a clot from forming. And afterwards disputed the efficacy of prophylactics and the likelihood of blood clots. In an email she wrote, “clots are an unlikely event.”

Clearly a clot was likely.

On March 3, 2011 Lucky developed a saddle thrombosis; blood clot. The attending veterinarian stated that, it was too late.”

Lucky was euthanized.

After this happened I needed answers. It was through the exchange of emails between Dr. Bond and myself that I caught her contradicting herself, and lying about his condition. It was then that I realized that she was incompetent.

Had I been made aware of the risk of a blood clot I could have investigated the alternatives. Euthanasia was not the only option. Clots can be dissolved, they can also resolve by themselves IF the cat is being given the accurate care. Herdeceptive measures prevented me from making an informed decision.

It is my belief that if Lucky had he been put on a prophylactic to prevent a blood clot on Feb. 24, 2011. He would not have developed it two weeks later. We were robbed of time together and the opportunity to make arrangements should a blood clot occur. Lucky should have died peacefully at home not at the (AMC).

Once I had the facts I needed to hold Dr. Betsy Bond, and the (AMC) accountable.

So I reached out for help to “The Animal Legal Defense Fund.” They recommended that I write a letter to the (CMO) Chief Medical Officer of the (AMC) the Hospital responsible for Lucky’s death, and to file a complaint with the Veterinarian Board, which I did. The (CMO) sent me two letters which basically white washed the entire matter. And the vet board neither acknowledged nor denied any wrong doing by Betsy Bond, DVM. I have since learned that 80% to 90% of complaints are dismissed. And when the complaint is dismissed that information is then used to discredit the person complaining about their vet when they seek legal action. It is my opinion that the complaint with the Vet. Board should only be filed after the case has been won, because depending on where you file a lawsuit can take up to seven years. And with this win you can force the Vet. Board to take action against the vet!

Justice can only be attained through the court don’t count on the vet board for accountability!

I sued and despite a long journey I won. In the beginning I filed in small claims because I was unable to find an animal law attorney or an expert witness. It was only towards the end of my case when the statute of limitations ran out that I found both. It took me 3 ½ years before I saw justice.

 

The Following Lists Betsy Bond’s,DVM Failure In Treating Lucky.

 

  1. Betsy Bond -ignored clinical signs for a thrombosis.
    Exhibit 1
  2. Betsy Bond -ignored blood work results on Feb.24, 2011.
  3. Betsy Bond -Did Not perform an echocardiogram on Feb 24, 2011, which could have ruled out or confirmed the presence of a blood clot.
    Exhibit 3A
    Last echo.
    Exhibit 3B
  4. Despite a promise made, “Yes, there are things we can change as he changes…..”The reason for the appointment on Feb 24, 2011. No other medications, including ”prophylactics,” that are indicated for a cat with HCM in the eventuality of a blood clot were recommended.Medications used to treat a thrombosis; blood clot include Heparin, Coumadin, Aspirin, Diltiazem, and Clopidogrel.
    Exhibit 4
  5. Betsy Bond disputed medical journals claim of the likelihood of a blood clot.
    Exhibit 5
  6. Betsy Bond withheld information about my options, nothing in the notes of the medical file.
    Exhibit 6
  7. Grave sign dismissed Lucky had fluid in his abdomen.
    Exhibit 7A
    Exhibit 7B
  8. Budesinide should not be used in a patient with (HCM).
    Exhibit 8
  9. Betsy Bond -withheld information as to the gravity of Lucky’s condition.
    Exhibit 9
  10. Betsy Bond, DVM contradicted and lied about the gravity of Lucky’s kidney function.
    Exhibit 10A
    Exhibit 10B
    Exhibit 10C
    Exhibit 10D
  11. Betsy Bond,DVM believed Lucky’s time was ending but still wanted to do more tests.
    Exhibit 11A
    Exhibit 11B
    Exhibit 11C
  12. Inaccurate record keeping. A page belonging to another patient was included with Lucky’s medical file.
    Exhibit 12
  13. Betsy Bond was incompetent.
  14. Law suit exhibits

    A- Demand letter
    A-DEMAND-LETTER-AMC
    A-DEMAND-LETTER-DR.BetsyBond

    B- Filed complaint
    Exhibit B1
    Exhibit B2

    C- Expert testimony
    Exhibit C

    D- Judgment
    Exhibit D

    E- Settlement
    Exhibit E

    F- Check
    Exhibit F

    G- Satisfaction
    Exhibit G

    H- Court Records
    Exhibit H1
    Exhibit H2
    Exhibit H3

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