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Doctor's former patient fights for life

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Brenda Naylor weighed almost 300 pounds when she had gastric by-pass back in 2005.

Now, she weighs less than 100. She can't keep food down and she's paralyzed.

Brenda lost her job because of her medical problems, and her husband had to quit his to take care of her. She is currently on morphine for her pain. It was prescribed by her new doctors in Chapel Hill.

"Chapel Hill said the type of surgery she had done. They done some things wrong. But they've never seen someone cut like she was," said Jackie Naylor, Brenda's husband.

After a number of lawsuits were filed against him, Steven Olchowski left the Wilmington area in 2003 and began practicing medicine in Michigan.

His patients here continued to have problems. Some of his patients died.

In September of 2005, the N.C. Medical Board revoked Olchowski's license for medical malpractice.

Six days later, Olchowski changed his name to Dr. Steven Hawkins. However, that didn't stop the Michigan Medical Board from revoking his license there, too.

His troubles made headlines at the time, but the Naylors didn't hear about Olchowski's demise until they called the hospital recently in the midst of Brenda's on-oing medical problems.

The hospital explained he no longer worked there, and sent her a copy of one of our old stories on Olchowski.

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Horrible man

It's horrible to hear that people are still suffering from "Dr." Olchowski's malice. It isn't surprising though; the man had his own son sent off to a gulag in Jamaica back in 2000, so why would he treat his patients any better?

THERE ARE PROGRAMS TO HELP

THERE ARE PROGRAMS TO HELP PEOPLE IN NEED OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND NEW HANOVER HOSPITAL DEFINATELY HAS ONE. THERE SHOULD BE NO REASON WHY SHE CAN'T GET FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE WITH HER BILL. ARE THEY SAYING THAT THEIR INCOME IS TO HIGH TO QUALIFY? I HOPE SHE GETS THE HELP SHE NEEDS, HOWEVER I DON'T BELIEVE THEY WERE FORCED TO LEAVE THE HOSPITAL WHEN TREATMENT WAS NEEDED.

Doctor's former patient fights for life

Is there somewhere where we can send funds to assist this lady? What the "doctor" did was criminal.

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If you'd like to help out, please e-mail Nadine Maeser at nmaeser@wwaytv3.com

My heart goes out to this

My heart goes out to this woman. This is a terrible thing all in an effort to loose unwanted pounds. I know people that have had this surgery and have had no problems, and have seen many die as a result. Perhaps it's time to stop this procedure. It's very hard to loose weght even harder to keep it off. Willpower is the key. Society doesn't accept the overweight and the overweight are miserable within themselves. It's not that they are lazy like most think, there is usually an underlying problem. Perhaps if people would not pass judgement, the overweight would not go to this extreme to fight the battle of loosing weight.

Obamacare propaganda!

Obamacare propaganda!