The family of a woman who died as a result of medical malpractice was recently awarded $5,200,000 by a Cook County, Illinois jury. The woman, who was treated at Palos Community Hospital for stomach pain, was diagnosed with a colon infection (diverticulitis) among other problems. The woman was treated by removal of a portion of her colon and a primary anastomosis. Neglecting standard procedure, the doctor failed to perform a colostomy. When the patient returned to the hospital shortly after, the staples used in the anastomosis had come undone. At that point, the doctor performed the colostomy but it was too late. The woman ultimately died.