Incomplete Surgery Results in Recurrence of Cancer and Death
The husband of Pennsylvania woman and her children were recently awarded $2.36 million dollars in a medical negligence lawsuit in which they alleged that their wife/mother's gynecologist negligently performed a total abdominal hysterectomy, resulting in the recurrence of ovarian cancer and ultimately the woman's death. Plaintiffs alleged that in the months leading up the failed surgery, the decedent had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer following exploratory surgery. Her gynecologist scheduled her for a total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes. During the procedure, however, the surgeon negligent ruptured the cancerous cyst, allowing the cancer cells to infiltrate the pelvic region. Post-operatively, the hospital pathologist discovered that the specimens that were removed from the decedent during the surgery did not contain the woman's left ovary or fallopian tube. The surgeon never informed the decedent of this mistake during subsequent office visits. Less than one year later, the decedent's cancer returned and metastasized to her lungs, liver and other organs. She died shortly thereafter.
At STSW, our lawyers routinely handle cases involving failed surgeries / improper removal of organs / missed diagnoses and physician cover ups. If you or a loved one have been victimized in such a fashion in the Baltimore or Washington D.C. area, call our legal team for a free consultation at 410-385-2225.