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OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — A woman is looking for answers after she says her son died because of mistakes made while treating him. A Dosher Memorial Hospital report says Mark Stephens had no history of diabetes although his mother has records that she he was treated at the hospital multiple times for the disease.

In November, June Stephens called 911 saying her son was in a diabetic coma. She says Oak Island Police arrived and searched his room instead of checking on him. The hospital report says police found a pile of cocaine and a straw. It also says there was no family present to give history. Stephens says her son was mentally and physically handicapped and did not do drugs. The hospital report says Stephens was treated for a drug overdose, not diabetes.

“When they got here and gave him that Narcan, he went downhill fast. Dosher worked on him, they say, five hours, and when they put it in the report no family present, who do they think called 911? Do you think he got out of a coma and called them?” mother June Stephens said.

Stephens says if her son would have been treated for severe diabetes and MRSA like it said in his records, he might still be alive.

“Narcan is not supposed to be given to a diabetic who has seizures. It causes them to have more seizers and cardiac arrest,” Stephens said.

Stephens says she wants the facts to put the pieces together.

“I asked for the evidence that they had on my son. They said they had none they weren’t here. I said you were here I’ve got the report,” Stephens says.

We spoke with Dosher Memorial Hospital several times to hear what they had to say. They say they could not talk about the case because of privacy laws. Oak Island Police Department would not comment either.

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  • Guest bill stephens

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  • Sara Stephens

    Mark is my uncle. Mark has had diabetes his whole life and had been treated for it by dosher hospital. The police completely made up the pile of cocaine beside him. There was no cocaine in his room but there was a straw. You do not give a diabetic Narcan especially if they have seizures. Mark had many medical problems including diabetes. He caught pneumonia and passed away from that. Also for the people who posted the negative comments, don’t be so fast to judge a book by its cover. I know good and well if something was to ever happen to one of your loved ones, you would be the exact same way. That is all.

  • Guest interested

    Wishing I could talk to this lady about this case!!!! I have gone thru something similar. I would need a way of contacting her, but not on this particular site

  • Wilmington Observer

    Sounds like a, tragic, oops.

    Wilmington Observer

  • Guest Vader

    He does not do drugs, but had a pile of coke and a straw in his room. Is Mom pulling our leg? Also, regardless of who called 911, where was his mother?

  • windy

    A few questions for mother …. So you are essentially implying that both the sheriff’s department and the hospital LIED? Where did the cocaine come from if it did not belong to your son — was it yours? Why didn’t you stick around to answer questions for the officers and hospital staff? Do no physically and mentally handicapped people do drugs? What kind of supervision were you providing for your physically and mentally handicapped son? Whether or not your son was diabetic is irrelevant. He was clearly suffering from an overdose of an illegal substance. Treating the overdose took priority over diabetes or whatever other ailments you claim your son had. Unfortunately your son died, as users of illegal drugs often do. That is not, however, the hospital’s fault. It will be interesting to find out the REAL facts of this story once the truth is brought to light.

  • ILM Friend

    Why does WWAY do these kinds of stories? It’s not news. Also, hospitals can’t tell their side of the story. They could have done everything right, but they cant address the mothers accusations because of the privacy laws. She’ll probably sue and be part of the problem why our health care costs keep going up.

    WWAY…leave these alone. Stop lowering yourself to this level. You have very little credibility left. When you report a real story we all question your facts.

  • Vog46

    not having a medical background I have to ask.

    Is there a treatment for drug overdosing by a diabetic that differs from the treatment given?
    If the hospital had records of this persons diabetic background, detected cocaine in his body and used the wrong treatment regime without regard to his ongoing diabetic condition then it sounds like a huge malpractice OOps to me.

    But medicine is not my forte obviously


  • Guest4353

    Narcan is specifically for opiate overdoses. So if this gentleman was suspected of having a cocaine overdose why in the world would they give him Narcan? Makes no sense.

  • Guest-o

    The toxicology report will say whether or not he did drugs. Also, why was he not wearing a diabetic’s bracelet? Ppl who have these sort if problems also have a sign or something posted for EMS also.

  • sundancer2004

    As usual another person looking to “get rich quick” Next time your son uses drugs to excess call a Plumber! You claim you called 911, wheres the record of such a call from you? Where were you when you were needed, not just at the scene and at the Hospital but throughout his life? So easy to blame someone else for your misgivings. Did you say he was in a coma or unresponsive? On such calls the police will check his room and immediate area for evidence of whatever has caused him to lapse into a “coma””, This will be related to Emergency personnel as a possible cause. If you were NOT available at the ER and he was un-responsive, Does the ER staff use a crystal ball to determine what other problems he suffers?

  • Guest concerned

    They were there for their son. Funny how the authorities cannot find the “evidence” taken from the house! If the ER cannot find in records what might be wrong with the patient (and I’m sure they would have if they had looked) they should then do blood work and keep the patient under watch until they know! If there is nothing they can do at that hospital, they should then transport him to a place that can take care of him!!

    Pretty simple procedure I would say!!!! A young man has died due to malpractice. A young AND disabled man!!! You people should be real proud of yourselves for your halfassed comments!!!


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