A Des Moines woman says her daughter never had a chance to recover, and she blames the person who was supposed to be helping.
24-year old Brandy Stoutenberg overdosed in September of 2010. She was a patient of Doctor Daniel Baldi, who is now charged with eight counts of involuntary manslaughter.
Baldi helped run Iowa Health’s Pain Clinic, which closed last June.
Stoutenberg’s mother, Deana McGillan says her daughter started seeing Baldi for unspecified pain.
“We watched her from the December of ’09 to when she passed she looked like a skeleton. She kept going down. But every time she came out of his office she had more pills and I never questioned because I thought it was what doctors do. I thought it was normal,” said Deana McGillan, Brandy’s mother.
Baldi’s attorney says he’s innocent and is being punished for doing his job. Something he says could have a very negative and widespread outcome.
“It should put the fear in all doctors who have a bad result or who treat a difficult patient population. Doctor Baldi was for many patients the doctor of last resort,” said Guy Cook, Baldi’s attorney.
That’s exactly what the Iowa Board of Medicine hopes does not happen.
The executive director of the board said over prescribing and overdosing on medication has been on the uptick in the past 4 to 5 years.
In 2011, 15% of charges filed by the board dealt with inappropriate pain medication prescribing in Iowa.
The board is also investigating Baldi.
A hearing is scheduled for October 11th and 12th.