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Calif. Officer Dies Following Surgery

November 08, 2011  | 

San Bernardino (Calif.) police officer Daniel Clark died earlier this month after surgery related to an on-duty injury he suffered during a foot pursuit.

Officer Clark, a 20-year veteran of the department, died Nov. 3. Clark suffered an ankle injury Jan. 18 when he ran to help other officers involved in a foot chase and fight with two crime suspects, reports the San Bernardino Sun.

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brandon @ 11/8/2011 7:33 PM

So how did he die after ankle surgery? This story is missing some details. Its concerning that an akle injury can cost you your life in an operating room. Before I jump the gun and start shouting malpractice I would like to see the whole story.

searcher555 @ 11/8/2011 7:48 PM

Blood clot after surgery. Dangerous things. A friend had minor knee surgery on a Friday. Saturday his leg was starting to swell. He called his doctor who told him he could come to the hospital that day, or wait until Monday. He decided to go that day. Catscan showed two clots in his leg. They checked him in and wired him up with monitors and blood thinners. He was awake at 3am when he felt a strange sensation, moving up his leg, across his chest, then he was out. The monitors lit up and the staff went into action, and he was brought back. If he had been at home, he would have been dead, regardless of medical intervention by paramedics. All from a minor surgery. Sounds like the same thing happened to this officer, a useless thing.

George O @ 11/10/2011 4:46 PM

It's called a pulmonary embolism. It's what Sonny Bono died from after a snow sking accident. thousands in the U.S. die from them every year. I had one in 2004 after a skydiving accident. Had I not been in the hospital at the time I probably would have died. It was by the grace of God and the awesome staff at the Riverside community hospital in CA that I am still alive. It mostly happens after some type of trama/injury to your body. It doesn't even have to be that bad. A blood clot, usualy starts in the leg, but not always, it can start else where. It breaks loose and can either travel to your heart or brain and causes what is known as an embolism. Very deadly and doesn't take long to kill you. Those who are at risk can be put on blood thinners such as coumidin.

JoeB. @ 11/13/2011 9:31 AM

If cops killed 1% of the number of people that doctors do, there would be constant rioting in the streets........

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