In July of 2004, a 50 year old patient underwent surgery to remove her goiter. A common result of the surgery is a lessening of the body’s calcium, which, in turn, can cause problems with swallowing and breathing. While the operating surgeon ordered calcium to be administered, the patient never received any of the ordered medication. After the surgery the patient was nervous and agitated, and she had difficulty swallowing, the next day she had shortness of breath and swelling in her neck. Eventually, she began struggling to breath and went in respiratory failure, sustaining brain damage, and fell into a coma. The patient has not come out of her coma to this day. After four days of trial, the allegedly negligent hospital agreed to the $4.7 million settlement. Read more here.