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Case #4063 Medical Negligence Resulting in Stroke and Ultimately Death


On October 15, 2012, the Plaintiffs’ Decedent, age 71, presented to the Defendant Hospital for surgery. The Defendant surgeon proceeded with the robotically-assisted, transabdominal procedure despite the significantly increased risk of damage to the Plaintiffs’ Decedent’s internal organs and bowel. The Plaintiffs allege that during the course of the procedure, the Defendant surgeon negligently injured the Plaintiffs’ Decedent’s bowel in multiple locations, negligently failed to carefully inspect the surgical area, failed to diagnose the injuries he inflicted and negligently failed to repair them intraoperatively.

As a result of the negligence of the Defendant surgeon, the Plaintiffs’ Decedent was discharged on November 8, 2012 to a local rehabilitation hospital with an undiagnosed and untreated rectovaginal fistula.

On January 28, 2013, the Plaintiffs’ Decedent submitted to a small bowel dissection with the creation of a colostomy to repair a rectovaginal fistula.

On September 18, 2013, the Plaintiffs’ Decedent returned to the Defendant Hospital for colostomy reversal. Tragically, the medical personnel at the Defendant Hospital breached the protocols and standards of care for anticoagulation therapy post-surgery. As the direct and proximate result of the Defendant Hospital’s personnel’s failure to restart proper anticoagulation therapy in an appropriate and timely fashion, the Plaintiffs’ Decedent began experiencing a significant change in mental status on September 22, 2013 — from talking and answering questions appropriately to not answering questions with associated right hemiparesis.

As a direct and proximate result of the ongoing negligence of the Defendant Hospital’s personnel in failing to properly anticoagulate the Plaintiffs’ Decedent post-surgery, she sustained a massive thromboembolic stroke with devastating results. Tragically, the Plaintiffs’ Decedent died on May 20, 2016.

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