Any surgical procedure can result in a patient suffering serious and life-altering injuries. One 33-year-old woman recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital and doctors who she contends are negligent in causing her to suffer severe and debilitating injuries.
Roughly four years ago, the woman underwent a procedure to remove an ectopic pregnancy. It was during the so-called routine procedure that the woman contends doctors tore a hole in her colon. Despite her complaints of pain and signs that something was wrong, doctors failed diagnose the infection and detect the hole until it was nearly too late.
As a result of the defendants’ alleged negligence, the woman spent more than 70 days on the hospital’s intensive care unit. During this time, she was forced to endure extreme physical pain and discomfort as her body attempted to fight the massive infection which had been allowed to develop.
After enduring several surgeries and courses of potent medications, the woman’s life was saved. Her legs and hearing, however, were compromised. Due to the massive infection and resulting gangrene, doctors were forced to amputate both of the woman’s legs below the knee. Additionally, she suffered hearing loss and must rely upon a colostomy bag.
Today, the 33-year-old woman and single mother lives with her parents and depends upon them for everything. She is not currently able to work and has suffered physically, mentally and financially as a result of her injuries. A jury will determine whether the defendants were negligent in causing the woman’s injuries and award damages.
Source: The New York Daily News, “Woman lost legs because of LI hospital’s negligence, lawyer tells Brooklyn jury,” John Marzulli, Nov. 4, 2013
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