A 64-year-old woman has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the federal government as a result of the negligence of an Army surgeon. During a routine surgery, the doctor punctured her right hepatic duct, causing the contents to leak into her peritoneum. The surgeon failed to detect or diagnose the medical mistake and sent the woman home the next day. When she returned a few days later, as her condition was deteriorating, she stayed at the hospital for three more days until the doctor realized his mistake. The lawsuit alleges that the doctor was negligent before and after the surgery. In addition to medical bills and loss of wages, the woman suffers from pain, loss of quality of life, severe emotional distress, disfigurement and permanency of injury.