Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Filed After Woman Develops Infection Following Death of Her Unborn Child

Dallas News shared the heartbreaking story of a mother who was forced to endure a nightmarish ordeal following a medical error. She has subsequently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging that mistreatment at a hospital has led to a string of problem from which she has yet to recover.

Three years ago the woman was rushed to the emergency room with a high fever. It was soon discovered that she was unknowingly 17 weeks pregnant. However, the child was dead at the time of the discovery. The pregnancy was a surprise to the couple, because the woman had undergone a tubal ligation procedure two years earlier.

However, in a complaint that the woman later filed she alleges that she was forced to sit in the hospital untreated for 16 hours, awaiting removal of the fetus. Her doctor failed to examine her and the delay resulted in her contraction of a blood infection, sepsis. That ultimately resulted in her suffering septic shock. The shock sent the woman into a coma. She would not wake up for three months.

Investigators who examined the situation later noted that the entire staff failed to recognize the seriousness of the woman’s situation. One independent investigator explained that “the attending physician should have been notified of the dire nature or her worsening condition, and furthermore, should have attended to the patient in a timely manner.”

The woman now receives dialysis three days a week, has had two strokes, brain surgery, a series of blood clots, liver damage, a partial hysterectomy, and heart surgery. She is also currently on the waiting list for a kidney transplant.

No one should have their lives turned upside down because of the negligent treatment of their medical professionals. Our Illinois medical malpractice attorneys at Levin & Perconti remain shocked by some of the stories of mistreatment suffered by individuals in hospitals. All negligent facilities must be held accountable for their conduct, so that they have incentive to treat future patients properly at all times.

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