This is the first in a series of posts highlighting the ramifications of medical mistakes and negligence. The spotlight needs to be placed on the effects these errors have on people's lives since there was such a vilification of trial lawyers who routinely represent these victims and/or their loved ones in court. There was so much talk about money, but very little discussion about the impact medical malpractice has on everyday people.
The first case involves a 4-year-old girl from Scottsville, Virginia (VA). She was admitted to the University of Virginia Health Services Foundation to have a kidney removed. After the problematic kidney was taken out, the ureter from that kidney was re-attached to the remaining kidney.
While recuperating from the surgery in the hospital, urine began leaking into her abdomen from the re-attachment. This led to her belly swelling with fluid hindering her ability to breathe. Despite numerous calls to the surgical team from a nurse, the young girl was left struggling for her life for approximately 16 hours after the breathing problems were first noticed. As a result, she died from cardiac arrest.
A 4-year-old girl is now dead and it appears this loss of life was due to the negligence of the doctors at Virginia Health Services Foundation. How can 16 hours go by without anyone taking action and fixing her breathing problems? It's a case of overlooking a patient in need. Now, a mother and father will have to live their life struggling with the loss of their child. Fortunately, the parents of the 4-year-old victim are taking legal action and have filed suit against the doctors who failed to take the necessary steps to save their daughters life. Can anyone seriously call this a "junk lawsuit"? I don't think so.