Thursday, May 10, 2007
A misdiagnosed man spent his life savings because his doctor told him that he was dieing. According to the AP, he was told he had only a few months to live. Now he is seeking compensation after doctors conceded they misdiagnosised his problem. John Brandrick, 62, was told two years ago that he had terminal pancreatic cancer. He then spent his remaining time in style. He quit his job and spent his savings on hotels, restaurants and holidays. A year later, doctors at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in England revised their diagnosis to pancreatitis, a nonfatal ailment. " I got rid of everything - my car, my clothes, everything."
Update 5-17: If a man wrongfully imprisoned gets Five million dollars, what should this poor man sentenced to death by his doctor get? The Connecticut legislature voted unanimously Wednesday to give $5 million to a man imprisoned for more than 18 years for a rape he didn't commit. Moved by James C. Tillman 's humbleness and lack of bitterness, lawmakers hoped the money will let him live the rest of his life in relative comfort. Tillman was 26 when he was sentenced to 45 years in prison after being convicted of raping a woman in Hartford in 1988. The victim identified him, but Tillman was exonerated after DNA tests showed he could not have been the attacker. Tillman believes the $5 million is fair compensation.