Surgery Tool Left Inside The Patient

Donald Church underwent a surgery at the University of Washington Medical Centre to remove a tumor located in his abdomen. The tumor was removed. In its stead was left a 13 inch long metal retractor…caringlawyers.com, http://news.bbc.co.uk/, 13 Disturbing Cases of Medical Malpractice, Foot-long tool ‘left in patient’

Donald went through extreme pain and agony for 2 months post surgery. When he complained to the doctors about it, they told him it was normal after a major surgery. It was only after his family doctor noticed a foreign object in his stomach during a routine x-ray examination that the doctors at the University of Washington Medical Centre admitted to the mistake.

Donald went through another surgery to remove the retractor and made full recovery. The University of Washington Medical Centre paid almost $100,000 compensation to Mr. Church.

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Kayur V. Patel, MD, MRO, FACP, FACPE, FACHE, FACEP
KayurVPatel@ExpertWitness.MD

Man Remains Awake During Exploratory Surgery

In a rare medical malpractice case, in 2007, the family of Sherman Sizemore, a 73 year old Baptist minister from West Virginia filed a wrongful death suit against Raleigh Anesthesia Associates who they claim, failed to give their father the drugs necessary to render him unconscious…caringlawyers.com, register-herald.com, 13 Disturbing Cases of Medical Malpractice, Civil suit alleges lack of anesthesia led to suicide, 2020

The suit claimed that Sherman Sizemore was paralyzed but fully aware of what was occurring for 16 minutes after the first incision of an exploratory laparotomy at Raleigh General Hospital on Jan. 19, 2006. Due to the paralysis, he was unable to move, speak or communicate.

They believe the uncharacteristic behavior Sizemore experienced – such as being afraid of being alone and being buried alive – in the days following the procedure were symptoms of a psychological condition that stemmed from the trauma of his anesthesia awareness and would ultimately result in his suicide two weeks after the surgery.

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Kayur V. Patel, MD, MRO, FACP, FACPE, FACHE, FACEP
KayurVPatel@ExpertWitness.MD

Girl Dies from Incompatible Blood Type

Jesica was a 17-year-old Mexican girl with congenital restrictive cardiomyopathy. Her parents moved to Durham, North Carolina, home of Duke University Medical Center, one of America’s best to have her treated…caringlawyers.com, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, 13 Disturbing Cases of Medical Malpractice, When Jesica Died , Photo Courtesy: indyweek.com, 2020

On 7 February surgeon James Jaggers had almost completed the operation when he learnt that the organs came from a donor with type A blood, incompatible with Jesica’s type O. The story became front page news. Jesica was kept on life support systems while a second transplant was sought—and, astonishingly, found. Despite the second transplant, Jesica died from irreversible brain damage on 22 February.

Jesica’s story was covered extensively in the national news and was followed by a Texas lawsuit. A 17 month old girl died after receiving a partial liver transplant from her father, who was incompatible, instead of from her mother, who was compatible. Apparently a laboratory mixed up the results of blood typing on the girl’s parents.

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Kayur V. Patel, MD, MRO, FACP, FACPE, FACHE, FACEP
KayurVPatel@ExpertWitness.MD

Doctors Perform Surgery on Wrong Patient

Joan Morris (a pseudonym) was a 67-year-old woman admitted to a hospital for cerebral angiography. She had fallen and struck her head. Magnetic resonance imaging showed two large cerebral aneurysms. The interventional radiology service admitted her for cerebral angiography…caringlawyers.com, acpjournals.org, 13 Disturbing Cases of Medical Malpractice, The Wrong Patient

The day after admission, cerebral angiography was performed, and one of the aneurysms was successfully embolized. The second aneurysm was deemed more amenable to surgical therapy, for which a subsequent admission was planned.

After angiography, the patient was transferred to the oncology floor rather than returning to her original bed on the telemetry unit. Discharge was planned for the following day. The next morning, however, the patient was taken for an invasive cardiac electrophysiology study. Approximately 1 hour into the procedure, it became apparent that Ms. Morris was the wrong patient and the study was supposed to be done on someone else. The study was aborted, and she was returned to her room in stable condition; however, the potential consequences of the extra surgery performed included significantly increased risks of heart attack, stroke, internal bleeding and infections.

The case wasn’t widely reported but is considered to be one of the most disturbing accounts of medical negligence.

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Kayur V. Patel, MD, MRO, FACP, FACPE, FACHE, FACEP
KayurVPatel@ExpertWitness.MD

U.S. Government Pays $6.6M To Army Mom Taking The Total Payout to $10.2M

The former army sergeant had given birth to a son with quadriplegic cerebral palsy due to complications at the time of birth and sued the hospital, the veteran’s obstetrician, and the United States government…law.com, US Government’s $6.6M Med-Mal Settlement to Army Mom Brings Total Payout to $10.2M, Greg Land, 2020

In October 2019, the court awarded a compensation of $10.2 million in which the government’s share came to be more than $6.6 million. Two settlement agreements were reached after a mediation but the government’s processes for finalizing and paying the settlement were just completed and hence the total payout came to be $10.2 million.

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Kayur V. Patel, MD, MRO, FACP, FACPE, FACHE, FACEP
KayurVPatel@ExpertWitness.MD

A Rare Defense Verdict in 14 Minutes in a $16M Case

The post-trial motion has said that because the hearing and deliberations happened so quickly, the entire process raises several questions…law.com, A NE Pa. Jury Returned a Defense Verdict in 14 Minutes on a $16M Case. Plaintiff’s Counsel Is Crying Foul, Max Mitchell, 2020

While the counsel for the plaintiff did not specifically identify an “improper outside influence” that affected jury deliberations, he argued that a hearing was needed.

Earlier, the jury rendered a defense verdict, finding that none of the treatment provided by the defendants fell below the standard of care.

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Kayur V. Patel, MD, MRO, FACP, FACPE, FACHE, FACEP
KayurVPatel@ExpertWitness.MD