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A Poisonous Love

Written By Las Vegas based Law Clerk: Robert Maxey (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Love is supposed to be the basis of a happy relationship. When people get married, the intent is that it is to last forever. However, with increasing divorce rates, it is obvious that this is not true. Although divorce may be more of a commonality with our current culture, it is still difficult to accept for most people.

Xiaoye Wang and Tianle Heidi were married with a two-year-old son up until Wang’s death. Wang had been a computer engineer, and Li a chemist at Bristol Myers Squibb. The couple resided within the Monroe Township in New Jersey, where Wang’s relatives have filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Wang had been admitted to the University Medical Center in Princeton, New Jersey, complaining of abdominal pain. Twelve days later he died there. It was discovered that thallium, which is an odorless substance, and nicknamed “The Poisoner’s Poison” was responsible for Wang’s death.

When Wang had first been admitted he confided in doctors that he suspected his wife of poisoning him. He told his doctors that they were expecting to soon be divorced. He requested to have his urine checked. The doctor made a note suggesting Wang’s concern might be brought on by paranoia, but nonetheless recommended an investigation.

Despite Wang’s warnings of his wife’s potential danger, she was allowed free and unsupervised access. It was also discovered that a note on Wang’s medical chart, reinforced his desire stating, “Wife should be monitored…patient shouldn’t be left alone.” However, these instructions were allegedly ignored. Six doctors were named in the lawsuit that was filed by Wang’s family. Wang’s wife was arrested on suspected murder charges, and had her bail set at over $4,000,000. The lawsuit also alleges that Bristol Myers Squibb’s regulations, regarding its thallium used for diagnosing coronary artery disease, were too relaxed. Thallium has previously been banned from use in rat poisons, due to its potential for murder and easy access.

If Li is convicted of murder, using thallium, then the doctors and the hospital, which allowed her access to Wang may be held responsible. It is frightening to think that should we be admitted to a hospital, and suspect someone of causing our ailment, that the hospital could continue to allow that person to see us unsupervised. While thallium carries a strong tie to poisoning, it seems only natural that access to it should be restricted to legitimate purposes. Tragedies like the one described may not always be preventable, but legal recourse can help bring justice to a family.

Full information the story can be found here: Lawsuit names drug company, hospital over suspected murder case

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