Stephen Seibert Legal Defense

As many in the lyme community know, my husband, Steve Seibert, died on 10/9/12 from the tickborne infection BABESIA. It was undiagnosed by his hospital physicians who were uneducated in tickborne illnesses.

Obituary is here.

Link from MDJunction giving medical details while Steve was in the hospital. Thanks BettyG for putting everything together all in one place. Click here.

Click here to read the condolence thread from LymeNet.

On LymeNet and other forums I have posted as seibertneurolyme for years.

I want to give a big thank you to all those people on the forums who befriended and supported Steve and I over the years.

The sad reality is that simply because Steve had had chronic lyme for 12 years his physicians ignored 2 recent tickbites - 3.5 and 5 months prior to his hospitalization. On the day he died an outside lab found babesia on his blood smear which means he was a CDC reportable case - but the hospital never reported his babesiosis. Steve died from ARDS and a splenic infarction which are both well documented rare complications of babesia.

One blood smear for babesia is not sufficient testing to rule out the diagnosis. And babesia microti and babesia duncani are NOT the same thing and require different tests. After I went to the hospital medical ethics board I did eventually get Steve one week of babesia meds. But after the massive steroids and being off meds for 3 weeks it was too little too late.

As you can imagine I am having difficulty finding an attorney willing to take the case. The statute of limitations is rapidly approaching.

I really hate to ask for money, but this case is very important for everyone with lyme and tickborne illnesses. As far as I can determine there has never been a lawsuit filed for wrongful death due to a missed diagnosis of BABESIA.

IF THE CASE WINS I PLEDGE TO DONATE AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO TWICE YOUR DONATION TO TICKBORNE DISEASE REASERCH. ANY FUNDS COLLECTED AND NOT NEEDED TO PAY FOR THE COST OF THE LAWSUIT WILL ALSO BE DONATED.

No one else should have to go thru what Steve endured from physicians simply because they had the misfortune to be bitten by a tick.

MY SECOND REQUEST IS FOR CONTINUED PRAYERS THAT THE LAWYERS I HAVE CONTACTED TAKE THE CASE OR THAT I FIND ANOTHER LEGAL FIRM WILLING TO GET INVOLVED. The current firm has said that they only take cases they feel they can win. A review of the records will determine whether or not the case proceeds. Now it is up to the records to make or break the case. Prayers are also needed that the nurses reviewing the case can be guided as well.

I am joining the real world and going out tomorrow to buy a new phone so I can send text mail. But I do not do twitter or have facebook, so I need your help friends to spread the word.

Please help me pursue justice for hubby and all lyme and tickborne patients everywhere.

Coming soon - my new website devoted exclusively to babesia.

http://www.babesiainfo.com

Thanks and God Bless You.

Bea Seibert





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Beatrice Seibert 
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Martinsville, VA

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