A woman has been left disfigured and without most of her hearing after a “laparoscopic removal of an ectopic pregnancy” — a basic gynecological procedure — was botched. One of the surgeons punctured the woman’s colon, resulting in a bevy of severe medical complications. Her blood was poisoned as a result of the surgical error, and she then suffered from gangrene. Her condition deteriorated as a result of three heart attacks.
In an attempt to stabilize the woman, medical staff members had to amputate both of her legs twice. The first amputation was at the ankles; but when that didn’t contain the ravaging infection, the woman’s legs were amputated just below the knee.
Further extreme efforts had to be done to save the woman. Powerful drugs were injected into her system, which directly caused her to lose much of her ability to hear. After 73 days in the intensive care unit, the woman was finally released and, eventually, she is living her life again.
But it is not the life she asked for, nor will it ever be the same. She has gone through so much already, and will go through much, much more in the coming years. The medical bills; the pain; the change in lifestyle; the constant care she will require; the fear of infections or sicknesses running wild on her weakened immune system; these are all things she will have to deal with in the coming decades. She is understandably suing the hospital and seeking damages to help her deal with all of the factors we just mentioned.
Source: NY Daily News, “Woman lost legs because of LI hospital’s negligence, lawyer tells Brooklyn jury,” John Marzulli, Nov. 4, 2013