A Kane County jury recently awarded $1.3 million in a medical malpractice suit over a surgical error occuring in 2000. For several weeks, an Illinois woman who had surgery for her endometriosis had a surgical sponge left inside her. The sponge was not detected until the woman’s post-surgergy pain resulted in an emergency room visit. The sponge caused an abcess, necessitating a second surgery to remove the woman’s ovaries and fallopian tubes. Permanent nerve damage prevents the woman from sitting or standing for more than 45 minutes at a time, and pain from the nerve damage required a morphine pump implant. In addition, the woman will need to undergo hormone therapy for the rest of her life.
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