An unlikely person is trying to raise awareness of something that results in thousands of wrongful deaths each year. The hero pilot Capt. Sully Sullenberger, who made a successful emergency plane landing on the Hudson River in 2009, saving his crew and passengers, is on a mission to tell people of the prevalence of medical malpractice.

While many might wonder why he has taken up the cause of medical mistakes, he recognizes that if the number of people who died in plane crashes each year was the same as deaths from medical mistakes, air travel would be banned until safety assurances could be made.

He hopes that by talking with people at conferences and giving speeches to medical professionals and politicians policies can be changed and technological improvements can be encouraged in order to prevent many errors.

While some feel that political motivation prevents new policies from being made, deaths will only be prevented if action is taken immediately. Families of people who have died because of medical mistakes suffer both emotionally and financially.

If a person is injured because of doctor’s error, they might face increased medical expenses because of the error, and a longer recovery time. If someone dies as a result of the error, their family will have emotional stress, and might not be able to maintain their lifestyle without that person’s income. In some cases, they will have to adjust their lifestyle drastically, which might include selling their home, delaying retirement, or not paying for their children’s educations as originally planned.

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Politico, “‘Miracle’ pilot on mission against medical errors,” Kyle Cheney, Aug. 1, 2013