‘Sad, Loved One Dies’
A family is devastated and traumatized after they say their loved one died after being admitted into Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield, California.
The family told KERO that Sabrina De La Rosa was a healthy mother of three who was about to give birth again. On January 9, 2020, De La Rosa was experiencing pain from contractions. She was given pain medication and was told she would be discharged. Moments later, the family was notified that De La Rosa was admitted to the hospital.
According To Her Family
According to De La Rosa’s family, the nurse informed them that her OB-GYN, Dr. Jason Helliwell, approved pain medication that was administered to De La Rosa.
KERO has previously reported that Helliwell is facing 32 felony charges for making false claims for health benefits. The California Medical Board currently has Helliwell on probation for gross negligence and sexual misconduct. KERO reached out to Helliwell’s office, who said they have no comment. Helliwell’s next court appearance for the felony charges is February 26, 2020.
According to De La Rosa’s family, she was first given a shot of pain medication. The family said the nurse never disclosed what the medicine was. Family members told KERO De La Rosa screamed in pain when receiving the injection.
Statement Of Borgna
Within the hour, additional pain medication was administered through an IV drip. Approximately an hour later, family members said De La Rosa passed out and went into a seizure. De La Rosa was unresponsive, and her family said nurses filled the room to begin performing CPR.
Fentanyl, an opioid, is often given as a pain reliever to women during the childbirth process. However, family members told KERO they are left wondering if fentanyl was the only pain medication option, and they still want to know why De La Rosa died.
Reaction Of The Nurses
The family said nurses filled the hospital room, trying to perform life-saving measures on De La Rosa for more than an hour.
The family said they had to ask nurses to clean up De La Rosa for the rest of the family to say their goodbyes.
Although the family is still dealing with painful memories, they are thankful that baby Jaxx is happy and healthy. However, De La Rosa’s grieving family said they still have more questions than answers.
Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield released the statement below Monday. The death of a patient is always tricky for everyone involved. An open and transparent dialogue between hospital leadership and Sabrina’s family is ongoing to assist them during this difficult time. Safety and patient care are our highest priorities, and the case is currently under review.