Isabelle Tracy Cockburn was the mother of our founder, Dr. William Cockburn. Belle, as she was known to those who loved her, fell ill over a period of several years and was mis-managed by a health care maintenance organization. She died abruptly in 1989 after lapsing into a coma from complications of undiagnosed breast cancer.
What's Mom Got to Do With It?
EVERYTHING! Belle was a very private woman when it came to personal things. The only people who new that she was having symptoms of any kind (fatigue, shortness of breath, occasional dizziness, pain in the region of the gallbladder) were her doctors at the managed care organization. They were treating her for gallbladder disease. Tests which could have determined the real cause of her symptoms were simply not performed, and her family was never made aware of her true condition.
Had the appropriate procedures been performed, years of life could have been added, and the quality of Belle's life would have most assuredly been improved. Less than one year after Belle's death, her beloved husband, Bill died of a broken heart nearly 50 years after their marriage.
As you can see, mom had EVERYTHING to do with IT! Had Isabella only told her son of her symptoms and had she undergone the procedure that he was pioneering, her life may have been extended and her loss may not have been so painful nor so tragic.
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