The Navy is reviewing the way its Bethesda, Md., medical center cared for Rep. John Murtha, who died following complications from gallbladder surgery.
Naval hospital reviewing Murtha's care
A Navy spokesman, Cmdr. Danny Hernandez, said an in-depth review of the care that Murtha received at the National Naval Medical Center has begun. He said it's the type of review required when a patient dies at the facility. Murtha died later at a different hospital.
The 77-year-old Pennsylvania Democrat was first hospitalized with gallbladder problems in December at the National Naval Medical Center and eventually had his gallbladder removed there. A few days later he came to another hospital's emergency room with a fever and infection. The Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., said he died there Feb. 8 from “major complications from surgery” at the first hospital.
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