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Bret Bohn was a Alaskan field guide.
Anchorage - A young man's deteriorating health led the state of Alaska to assume full control of his medical care - against his own written will and the against the wishes of his family. Since last October he has been trapped in a hospital, isolated without visitors, on an extensive series of psychotropic drugs, in a condition that continues to diminish.
Bret Byron Bohn is a native Alaskan who loves hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and most outdoor activities. He lived an exemplary life receiving many awards as a youth, became a member of the National Honor Society, and achieved the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout. He had recently graduated from a program in Aviation Technology.
At 26-years-old, Bohn worked as a field guide for hunters and outdoorsmen on expeditions in the Alaskan wilderness. While otherwise healthy and athletic, his only medical issue was the development of some nasal polyps which impeded his ability to smell. He had them surgically removed, but they grew back. He was prescribed
Prednisone - a powerful steroid and immune suppressant - to attempt to regain his sense of smell.
While on Predisone, he began suffering with the inability to sleep for a prolonged period. After a week of insomnia, his family took him to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. They hadn't realized it at the time, but one of the listed side effects of Prednisone
is sleep disturbances (insomnia).
Rather than take him off of the drug that was likely causing the sleep problem, doctors prescribed two more powerful drugs to supposedly calm him down and help him sleep. He was given Zolpidem
(brand name Ambien
) which treats insomnia, as well as Lorazepam
(brand name Ativan
) which treats anxiety, depression and insomnia.
After taking the prescribed combination of drugs at at home, Bohn had seizures - potentially because the drugs he took are known to cause seizures. His family took him back to the hospital, looking for answers, and he was given more drugs, and had more seizures. He was put into intensive care.