A Dad’s Crusade: Immortal Bird in the News
Today March 30 2012, on the seventh anniversary of Damon’s death, the New York Daily News ran an article about Immortal Bird and our family’s lawsuit against New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center that is still outstanding.
” A Dad’s Crusade: Son’s death at hospital detailed in his new book” is the tilte of the print edition, which includes two photos previously posted on this blog, one of Damon with horses and one of me and Damon on the Deadwood set.
The title of the online edition, which link is hereby provided, was more hard-hitting (and longer) . “Brooklyn dad turns son’s death into crusade for change in new book blasting Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital: Doron Weber’s book, Immortal Bird, chronicles the life and tragic death of his son Damon, who Weber charges was fatally misdiagnosed by the hospital during heart transplant surgery.”
It’s an excellent article and points out how the book is resonating with readers and especially among health professionals, with several recommending it be adopted for teaching medical students. And it shows how New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, which continues to avoid handing over records and documents realting to the case, refuses to take responsibility for Damon’s death.
One correction: Damon was not fatally misdiagnosed during heart transplant surgery. He survived the surgery and was actually flourishing with his new heart but when he developed a well-known post-transplant infection, the hospital misdiagnosed it and kept treating him for rejection–the opposite treatment. They delayed treating him for infection for many weeks, until it was too late, despite the fact that he had no sign of rejection and every symptom of infection.
I will have more to say about the case but today is a day for remembrance and reflection. It began with an 8:30 am visit to the Day family plot in Woodlawn cemetery in the Bronx where we placed several peach tree blossoms, a red maple leaf, white daisies and white snowdrops on Damon’s gravesite. The front of his simple granite marker reads:
Damon Daniel Weber
Son of Doron and Shealagh Weber
Born August 8, 1988, Died March 30, 2005
On the back of his stone marker it says:
Actor. Writer. Director.
Son. Brother. Friend.
He had a lion”s heart
A pure, rapturous smile
And flame red hair.
He burns forever bright.