In Memory

Carolyn Datlow (Jousse)

February 25, 2000, Washington Post
Adding to the pain
"After Georgetown University doctors tried to remove a tumor from her spine on Nov. 23, Carolyn Datlow awakened from her anesthetic fog in far worse pain than she had ever suffered in 10 previous cancer surgeries. "For six straight hours, I screamed bloody murder because I felt like I was being stabbed to death," …..This week Datlow learned why her pain may have been so much worse in November. She is one of nearly 300 former Georgetown University Medical Center patients being told that an X-ray technician at the hospital might have stolen their intravenous painkillers and replaced them with saline solution--and that he may have done so with contaminated needles. The technician, Jeffrey L. Royal, 40, of Kensington, was arrested Feb. 2 after he was found siphoning a patient's dose of fentanyl, a highly addictive synthetic painkiller that resembles morphine, hospital officials said."