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January 2014 Archives

Doctor's departure during surgery may have left man brain dead

Massachusetts patients may have learned that, on Jan. 15, it was reported that a 72-year-old man, who was undergoing heart surgery, developed severe brain damage when the physician left the operating table in order to attend a luncheon. The physician's assistant, who was not qualified to close the man's chest cavity, called the physician back after complications caused the man's heart to stop beating.

Parents file malpractice suit, claim negligence killed daughter

Massechutes medical patients may be interested in a lawsuit was filed in Pennsylvania alleging that errors, short staffing, and negligence led to the death of a 26-year-old doctor in May 2013. The woman had a blood clot in her brain. The woman had just earned her medical degree two weeks prior to her death. The medical malpractice lawsuit was filed on Jan. 8 on behalf of the victim's parents.

3-year-old girl dies after root canal

In a case that has grabbed the attention of medical safety advocates in Massachusetts and across the nation, a 3-year-old girl in Hawaii died on Jan. 3 after she underwent a routine dental surgery in December. She suffered serious brain damage after the surgery, and the family has filed a civil lawsuit against the dentist and her practice for negligence and dangerous conduct. Official paperwork elaborated that the girl received the wrong dose of medication on Dec. 3, which resulted in brain damage and, ultimately, death. It further charged that the dentist did not have a plan to respond to medical emergencies.

Post-surgery hot flashes misdiagnosed

Boston residents considering surgical efforts to improve fertility may be interested in the case of a Nebraska woman who experienced significant side effects after her surgery. The case of surgeon malpractice wasn't discovered until the woman had a total hysterectomy two years after her initial six-hour surgery. At that time, a surgical glove was discovered in her abdominal cavity. The glove was full of clear fluid, tied in a knot and surrounded by the woman's tissue.

Medical professionals defend safety of robotic surgical devices

Massachusetts individuals who have had surgery in the past few years may have noticed that their surgery was performed with the assistance of a robotic device. Robotic surgical devices, including the da Vinci Surgical System manufactured by Intuitive Surgical Inc., which has been the target of recent reports of surgical errors, have been in use since the late 1990s, according to sources.

Jury awards family $55 million in birth malpractice case

Massachusetts residents may be interested in the recent judgment in a case involving a boy who suffered medical trauma during his birth in November 2009. According to a lawsuit filed by the boy's parents, the delivering doctor and other staff at St. Luke's University Hospital in Pennsylvania disregarded signs that the boy wasn't getting enough oxygen. The parents contended that the doctor did not perform a cesarean section even though signs indicated that the boy could suffer a birth injury without one.