The husband of a man who died after being resuscitated at a hospital in California last year had been prescribed a high dose of antidepressants before he died, according to an autopsy report.
Dr. Eric Wagner’s wife, Dr. Amy Wilson, said she took a high-dose antidepressant after her husband died last year at a California hospital.
“He was just a really nice, kind person, always smiling, always laughing,” she told ABC News.
Dr Wagner died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in January, six months after he was admitted.
A coroner found that Wagner had a history a drug called fluoxetine and was prescribed it for prostate cancer, but the drug was not prescribed for other cancers.
In addition to fluoxeta, Dr Wagner had been treated for anxiety and depression before he went into cardiac arrest, according the report.
“His body was going to shut down and he didn’t know how to respond,” Dr Wilson said.
“He didn’t have any options, so he went to the hospital and he died.”
Dr. Wilson said she has had similar experiences with her husband.
“I’ve had a couple of people tell me, ‘It’s a bad idea to go in and tell my husband what happened, because you’ll just ruin your marriage,'” she said.
“But I think that it was important to get that to the doctor and to the family because he didn�t want to be a burden on them.”
Dr Wagner had two children, a 3-year-old boy and a 2-yearold girl, according with the report from the coroner’s office.
Dr Wilson said it took her about a month to learn that her husband had a high volume of fluoxette and she had to stop taking it.
“It was a big shock for us,” she said of the news.
“We just kept saying, ‘He’s not here.
He�s not here.’
It took us a while to understand.”
Dr Wilson also said she had two heart attacks during her husband�s last days at Cedar-Sinon.
She was hospitalized for several days before he passed away.
The family is now trying to work through the grief.
“Our goal is to get his body out of the hospital so he can be with us again,” she wrote on her blog.