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Family gets court order to determine cause of death

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - The family of Karen Kittle, who died at the Guam Memorial Hospital, obtained a court order for an autopsy to determine how she died.  Kittle's daughter and husband have spent the last few weeks trying to get answers on why she died and concerns she had with the care she was receiving at GMH. 

Guam medical examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola says after receiving the court order, he performed the autopsy and found Kittle's death to be consistent with the hospital's determination - that she died from a blood clot in the lungs.  The hospital has said it conducted a review of Kittle's death and said she died from natural causes and her death was not preventable. 

The same was said for the recent death of Bernard Crisostomo, whose family believes the hospital is to blame for his death. 

The Kittle and Crisostomo families will be holding a candlelight vigil at 7pm Friday night in honor of their loved ones.  Those who plan to participate in the vigil are asked to bring flashlights or glow sticks and pictures of their loved ones.  They have been informed that they will not be able to have their vigil within 100 feet of the hospital entrance, due to concerns about the open flames.

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