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$63,000 award for drug overdose
Last Updated: Thursday, April 12, 2007 | 9:25 AM PT
A B.C. judge has ordered the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority to pay $63,000 in damages to a Campbell River man who had a near-death experience after being given an overdose of a painkiller.
Bradley Weafer, 38, got the overdose of ketamine, which is also used as an anesthetic, after undergoing back surgery at Vancouver General Hospital in 2001.
He was supposed to get three millilitres an hour of the drug. Instead he got the whole 500-millilitre bag in five minutes.
When the nurse went back to check on him after setting up an intravenous drip, she found Weafer unresponsive and making jerky motions.
In court, Weafer recalled being sucked into black tunnels. It was hot and scary, he said, adding he saw his life flash before him, felt being born and placed in his mother's arms. He also said he saw God.
Weafer also testified he had suffered brain damage.
Several witnesses including a psychiatrist supported his claim.
But B.C. Supreme Court Justice Frank Cole said the witnesses failed to establish Weafer had a brain injury.
He also ruled that they did not adequately consider the former social worker's previous health problems — everything from migraine headaches to leg pains.
But the judge agreed Weafer had suffered a near-death experience that was terrifying and caused a great deal of stress and anxiety.
He awarded him $55,000 for the psychological trauma plus another $8,000 in damages.