Tim Darragh, of The Morning Call reports that in January of this year, a patient at Lehigh Valley Hospital was have thought to have extremely high blood sugar, when it fact it was 100 times lower than the targeted range. As a result, the patient was given over 10 hours of insulin drip before bedside nurses discovered the testing strips had malfunctioned.
The patient, who had undergone a kidney transplant and had complications including a urinary tract infection, swelling on the brain and respiratory failure, later on the morning of Jan. 3 was found in an "unresponsive coma" as a result of "prolonged hypoglycemia," or too little blood sugar. Those conditions presented "brain death criteria," the report says. The unnamed patient died Jan. 6, it says.
The Morning Call then broke the news that the patient was a nun who taught sixth grade at a small Lehigh Valley Catholic elementary school.
And then they reported that the coroner had ruled the death accidental.