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An Ohio woman who died during a routine surgery performed by a controversial doctor was allegedly propped up to make her look alive in an effort to fool her family into believing she had survived the procedure, a lawsuit claims.
The family of Sheila Sue Trimble claims that the 65 year-old was in ‘good health’ when she entered Adena Health in Chillicothe for a heart catheterization on August 18. That procedure was a straightforward and routine one, the suit claims.
They allege that they were urged to turn off Trimble’s life support, despite hospital staff knowing that she’d already died..
Records seen by local newspaper the Scioto Valley Guardian show Trimble died at 1pm, according to the suit. Her death certificate records her time of death as 3:05pm – the same time her family were ushered in, it is alleged.
In Facebook posts, several members say that Dr. Jarrod Betz – Trimble’s cardiologist – repeated the claim that he cut into an artery during the original surgery.
Betz has previously faced investigations into accusations that he is not properly credentialed to perform complicated and advanced heart procedures.
‘Adena management you say these are false.. I know dam well my sister died from her aorta being cut by Dr Bets,’ wrote Vickie Clark, an apparent family member.’
Talking to DailyMail.com, a representative for Adena Health said they had no knowledge of any wrongdoing and called any reports on the matter ‘patently false.’
The family of Sheila Sue Trimble, pictured, allege she was propped up to look as if she was alive after she died during a routine medical procedure at Adena Health in Chillicothe in Ohio in August
In Facebook posts, several members say that Dr. Jarrod Betz (pictured) Trimble’s cardiologist – admitted he had cut into an artery during the original surgery
This is Adena Health where Trimble died on August 18, allegedly during a routine surgery
Trimble’s family members first shared the allegations of misconduct in mid-August after a Facebook account shared details of the woman’s death.
Tracy Clark McManis, who identified the then-unidentified woman as her aunt, shared the post accusing Dr. Betz of cutting into Trimble’s artery.
One of the woman’s family members had seemingly reached out to the Facebook account – which is dedicated to sharing issues within the Adena Health System – to share that she had died after a doctor nicked the wrong artery.
The story was then picked up by the Scioto Valley Guardian which reported having seen the woman’s own medical records.
In their story, the outlet stated the family noticed a two-hour discrepancy between Trimble’s time on her death certificate and hospital records.
The Scioto Valley Guardian did not publicly name the woman who had died during the surgery, but DailyMail.com was able to independently confirm her identity.
The online publication reported that her family was brought in around 3.05pm to see her while she was propped up to look ‘fake alive.’
They claim that they were urged to make an immediate decision to remove her from life support.
According to the family, however, her medical records showed her time of death as 1pm, placing her death during the hours of a second surgery.
Trimble alongside her granddaughter in a picture posted to Facebook
Dr. Jarrod Betz in a picture posted to Adena Health’s website
The initial surgery had been performed by Dr. Betz, but after she wouldn’t stop bleeding while in the Intensive Care Unit, she was taken back in to surgery.
A post from Trimble’s daughter the day of the surgery confirms the story.
‘Update on my mom. She won’t stop bleeding. Tried 2 rounds of medication to try and stop the bleeding. No luck,’ Jannell Fischer wrote on August 18.
‘Going back in the operating room to open her back up to see if they can find something that might be causing the bleeding. Prayers needed,’ she shared.
She was rushed back into surgery, this time with Dr. Atiq Rehman, but died during the follow-up procedure, records allegedly obtained by the Guardian show.
When the family was ushered in after the second surgery, they were urged to make an ‘immediate decision’ while she lay in the bed on a ventilator.
In May, it was reported that Betz – who has performed at least three transcatheter aortic valve replacements – is not properly credentialed for the surgery.
As of September, more than 30 people have allegedly come forward to the Guardian, accusing Dr. Betz of faking his credentials.
A second surgery to stop the bleeding was allegedly performed by Dr. Atiq Rehman (pictured)
A representative for the hospital told DailyMail.com these allegations are completely untrue and that the credentials of the doctor have been proven since the story broke.
Additionally, the outlet reported that Dr. Rehman and Dr. Matos Cruz, were once seen watching YouTube videos on medical procedures they were unfamiliar with.
Families said that one patient died after such a procedure while another had to undergo three additional procedures at Ohio State University.
The family of the 65-year-old woman who died during the heart catheterization requested an independent autopsy after the fact.
A representative for the hospital told DailyMail.com the Scioto Guardian’s report is false and said that the outlet is ‘discredited.’
The spokesperson said there is no legitimacy to the report or to any allegations of impropriety made in regard to Dr. Betz or Dr. Rehman.