Derya Demirtas has been denied the proper medical treatment while at Bellevue Hospital.

Derya is a young honor student who has won major academic awards, attends Amherst College, regularly volunteered in her local community and is a kind hearted young woman in the prime of her life. Dr. Nikita Shah, Dr. Charles Ramesar and Dr. Daniel Kestelman have tossed aside Derya’s diagnosis of Autoimmune Encephalitis. They are not treating her for her diagnosis. In other cases of Autoimmune Encephalitis, left untreated there is a 25% mortality rate. Additionally, the hospital staff gave Derya a medication that she has a known allergy to. They are not cooperating with transferring Derya to a Medical Facility that would treat her for this rare disease.

Derya was attending Amherst College during the fall semester of 2014 when she became ill with Autoimmune Encephalitis. Since then she has been to Dr. Denis Bouboulis (Connecticut), Dr. Jenny Blanchard (New Jersey), Dr. Souhel Najjar (New York) and been diagnosed by Dr. Rosario Trifeletti. Derya has been through multiple tests, multiple examinations and multiple reviews of her medical status. Since December of 2014 EACH doctor that has examined Derya has found that her diagnosis is AUTOIMMUNE ENCEPHALITIS. Until May of 2016 when the doctors at Bellevue Hospital had Derya placed under their care because of a series of unfortunate incidents which landed her there.

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Attached you will find supporting paperwork that demonstrates the following:

1. Derya Demirtas has been diagnosed with Autoimmune Encephalitis.

2. Derya Demirtas is:

  • a. An honor student from Amherst College
  • b. Winner of the Coca-Cola Gold Scholarship award (2013) for New Jersey
  • c. President of her local Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • d. Member of the Pearson Student Advisory Board Member, Amherst College

3. Bellevue Hospital has been aware of this diagnosis since she first arrived on May 7, 2016.

4. Derya was initially admitted into the Neurological Unit at Bellevue Hospital

5. Derya was involuntarily transferred on May 10, 2016 to the Psychiatric Wing of Bellevue Hospital and has remained there since.

The Family has tried to work with Bellevue Hospital, utilizing the services available and have not been able to get the Hospital to recognize her disease, treat her disease, contact her treating doctors in a timely manner, facilitate a transfer to a hospital better equipped to deal with Derya’s disease.

1. Had two (2) family meetings with the doctors involved.

2. Worked through Patient Advocacy to get the Doctors to listen.

3. Filed a complaint through the internal complaint system within Bellevue Hospital.

4. Contacted our State and Federal level representatives to get help.

5. Filed a civil rights complaint with the US Department of Justice.

6. Testified in court.

7. Given out multiple times on multiple days a copy of the diagnosis letters from Derya's home treating physicians.

8. Faxed medical journals on Derya's disease to her treating physicians and staff.

9. Faxed medical journals on Derya's disease to Bill Hicks (CEO of Bellevue Hospital).

10. Filed a complaint with the Joint Commission on Health.

11. Hired a lawyer Giulia Miller to fight for our daughter.

Attached documents:

 Complaint to Bellevue Hospital Staff (Patient Advocacy Office on or about May 28, 2016) - No response has been returned for this complaint

Complaint to the US Department of Justice

Free Derya Petition (as seen on line) that has been emailed to Dr. Shah, Dr. Ramesar, Dr. Raju (President of Health & Hospitals Corporation

Links as proof of Derya’s accomplishments: (Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society) (PEARSON)

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