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Sunday, February 07, 2010

this is one of THE most outrageous cases i have ever read about

oh i can understand why the sheriff arrested ms. mitchell. the sheriff claims dr Arafiles Jr saved his life. so of course he's going to protect the doctor

everything is pointing to this doctor being disciplined in the past. it even says he had a RESTRICTION on his license. sooooooooooooooooo, just because this small texas town can't get enough doctors and the sheriff is a personal friend, someone (who appears to me to not only be doing their CIVIC duty and their duty as a NURSE but their MORAL duty) gets busted and is facing felony charges?

i am in shock the prosecutor is going through with this. i am hoping our justice system prevails and mrs mitchell is not only vindicated BUT she gets compensation from the sheriff, the hospital, the prosecutor, the town and perhaps even the state. this is as i said a travesty of justice (or it appears as such to me from the information i've seen)

Texas Nurse to Stand Trial for Reporting Doctor

KERMIT, Tex. — It occurred to Anne Mitchell as she was writing the letter that she might lose her job, which is why she chose not to sign it. But it was beyond her conception that she would be indicted and threatened with 10 years in prison for doing what she knew a nurse must: inform state regulators that a doctor at her rural hospital was practicing bad medicine.

When she was fingerprinted and photographed at the jail here last June, it felt as if she had entered a parallel universe, albeit one situated in this barren scrap of West Texas oil patch.

“It was surreal,” said Mrs. Mitchell, 52, the wife of an oil field mechanic and mother of a teenage son. “I said how can this be? You can’t go to prison for doing the right thing.”

But in what may be an unprecedented prosecution, Mrs. Mitchell is scheduled to stand trial in state court on Monday for “misuse of official information,” a third-degree felony in Texas.

The prosecutor said he would show that Mrs. Mitchell had a history of making “inflammatory” statements about Dr. Rolando G. Arafiles Jr. and intended to damage his reputation when she reported him last April to the Texas Medical Board, which licenses and disciplines doctors...........

.............The hospital administrator, Stan Wiley, said in an interview that Dr. Arafiles had been reprimanded on several occasions for improprieties in writing prescriptions and performing surgery and had agreed to make changes. Mr. Wiley, who said it was difficult to recruit physicians to remote West Texas, said he knew when he hired Dr. Arafiles that he had a restriction on his license stemming from his supervision of a weight-loss clinic.............

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Anonymous said...

Shes not even a real nurse. She is an admin nurse, those who types and check eligibility for medicare, like the receptionist nurse.

If you work with Doctors withouth Borders, there are lots of unconventional ways to temporarily fix mangled limbs. The rubber suture was a temporary fix. If youre taking someone else licence based on that decision, that just means you are small minded person.

Unknown said...

admin nurses ARE just as real as any OTHER kind of nurse. there are lpns and rns. you need a degree to be a nurse whether it's to assist in the operating room OR to supervise other nurses.

i hardly think doctors without borders emergency procedures should as a rule be practiced in HOSPITALS IN TEXAS. doctors without borders (which i support by the way) sometimes has to use unusual techniques in it's treatments (just like military front line mobile hospital units do).

i'm guessing you're related to the doctor. that's all well and good. no where did i say he was guilty. i just linked to the story and pointed out there appeared to be problems with him in the past.

i also pointed out i was OUTRAGED someone was being prosecuted for being a whistleblower.

may the truth come out. may justice prevail no matter what