Teen’s fatal overdose raises questions

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Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014 7:00 am | Updated: 12:01 pm, Sat May 10, 2014.

Questions with no easy answers lingered over the death of a 17-year-old Santa Fe girl who died Thursday morning following a heroin overdose.

Foremost among questions by medical experts is why Desiree Gonzales was “medically cleared” from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center after just an hour and a half of care Wednesday evening. Following her release from the hospital, city police officers took her to the Santa Fe County Juvenile Detention Center, where staff noted that she appeared to have difficulty breathing. They found her unresponsive early Thursday and rushed her back to the hospital, but the medical staff was unable to save her.

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  • Ronald Ortiz posted at 3:09 pm on Fri, May 16, 2014.

    RonnieO Posts: 16

    I've seen Christus St. Vincents loose a negligence suit before, but these suits don't replace loved one. With my deepest humility I pray for the family. Teenagers are hard to micromanage, this is a time where they need us the most. Fingers can be pointed at everyone. In the end Adults failed this child, not much more can be said except when it was up to Adults to catch this spiraling falling child, we were not there to catch her as she fell.

  • Arthur Espinoza posted at 8:08 am on Tue, May 13, 2014.

    Spinoza Posts: 10

    Another case of TOO LATE... Seventeen, unsupervised as I see it, doing heavy drugs and overdid it... Unfortunate to hear she didn't make it and bad for the family that probably didn't know what she was doing... Those are the consequences...

  • At odds posted at 9:48 pm on Sat, May 10, 2014.

    At odds Posts: 7

    Pam walker keep your hurtful comments to ur self. Hope u never mourn the loss of a loved one.

  • Meredith Madri posted at 7:13 pm on Sat, May 10, 2014.

    FilmArtPhoto Posts: 34

    So, I'm unclear as to what happened here. She was found "not to be breathing"... and then was transported to hospital 45 min. later... what happened in between? Was someone at the jail doing CPR or artificial respiration?
    Because that makes a big difference... someone not breathing for 45 min. w/ no intervention wouldn't just be in "unstable condition" upon arrival to ER, they'd be DOA.

    I'm so sad that yet another teen from our community has perished senselessly.

  • honeyward posted at 1:41 pm on Sat, May 10, 2014.

    honeyward Posts: 1

    totally agree...

  • Steve Salazar posted at 7:14 am on Sat, May 10, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 872

    Yeah, when you overdose, crash your car while drunk, the hospital and the police should just say, you burned yourself, deal with it.

    Or they could treat you, as per protocols established and practiced all over the rest of the country.

  • Pam Walker posted at 5:51 am on Sat, May 10, 2014.

    lilbit Posts: 68

    Another lawsuit on the way. Blame the hospital, blame the police, blame the Detention Center. Why not put blame where it really belongs, on the parents and the 17 year old girl using heroin. When you play with fire you usually get burned.

  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 12:29 am on Sat, May 10, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 427

    There's Crusty's St. Victims, being scary again.


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