We are sharing Sascha’s tragic story to bring awareness and hopefully prevent future tragic occurrences.
WARNING: IMAGES ON THIS WEBSITE ARE GRAPHIC!
October 17th, 2013, at six months old, Sascha Rose, our baby Doberman broke a toe on her right, front paw.
We took Sascha to the LA Pet Clinic where her primary care giver, Dr. Reina, performed X-Rays, set her broken toe, and wrapped her leg with a bandage.
During the following 12 days after breaking a toe, Sascha quickly fell ill and we made several visits to the LA Pet Clinic, which Sascha was often admitted as an in-patient for overnight stays. While under the care of Dr. Reina, Sascha developed a raging infection inside the bandage, which they applied, that was eating the flesh from her bones.
The infection not only threatened her entire leg, but at one point, a specialist at the Advanced Critical Care 24 hour hospital feared she might turn septic and die if not for immediate amputation of the entire leg.
We are still in shock and still wondering how this had occurred after treating such a common injury as a broken toe. And especially after as many times as we brought Sascha back to the LA Pet Clinic because she appeared to be in such great pain, wasn’t eating, wasn’t drinking, wouldn’t move at all, and finally nearly a week after the aforementioned, started BLEEDING from her bandage! How had this happened? We cannot fathom how something so seemingly simple as an infection was not observed, let alone able to develop, during the many, nearly daily, return visits and over-night stays during the course of those twelve days spent to find out exactly what was ailing our baby?
The LA Pet Clinic has refused to speak to us or discuss these questions at any length.
Our first time seeing the unwrapped paw since we found her bleeding, taken 10/29/2013 at the Advanced Critical Care hospital immediately after checking Sascha out of the LA Pet Clinic. We previously were given NO indication this progression had occurred under Sascha’s bandage during her final, 4 day in-patient stay at the LA Pet Clinic.
Taken the morning of 10/30/2013 at the ACC Culver City. She had already lost 6Lbs of her previous 43Lbs and looked very sickly. She had no feeling in her right paw and could barely stand.
How did a visit to a trusted veterinarian to set a broken toe end up like this?!