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Doctors Leave Forceps Inside California Woman During Surgery

A California woman is suing a hospital alleging that an 8-inch long forceps device was left inside her following a surgical procedure. According to King5.com, a Seattle television station, the lawsuit claims the woman had to have 18-inches of her small intestine removed following the alleged medical malpractice. The woman allegedly went in to have a tumor removed from her abdomen and after the procedure she began to experience severe pain. It was later discovered during an ER visit that forceps were left inside of her. The network reported that out of about 28.4 million inpatient surgeries performed annually in the United States, there were 1,500 cases where foreign objects are left after surgery. This stat comes from a study done in the New England Journal of Medicine. Often these situations are described as “never events” in the medical community, as they are entirely preventable and there are often measures…
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Couples Sue Fertility Clinic Following Fragile X Births

Two couples have successfully sued a New York fertility doctor and clinic after their children were born with Fragile X syndrome. According to ABC News, two children were born with the genetic disorder that causes intellectual and developmental delays, even though their parents were told their egg donors were genetically screened. The parents are seeking compensation for raising the children with disabilities and medical costs. After the children were born, the egg donors were tested and found to be carriers of the Fragile X mutation, according to ABC News. Attorneys for the fertility clinic attempted to argue that the lawsuits were filed too late. However, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that the usual circumstances of the cases made them different than most malpractice cases. Rather than siding with the clinic, which argued that the statute of limitations began counting down when the women ended fertility treatment after becoming…
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Mother Loses Limbs after Giving Birth

According to LiveScience.com, a Canadian woman developed an infection after giving birth that resulted in the amputation of her limbs. The website reported that the woman, age 33, was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis days after she gave birth to a child in Nova Scotia. The woman ended up spending seven months at the hospital after developing the infection and required multiple surgeries including the removal of her arms, legs, and a hysterectomy. The flesh-eating bacteria reportedly developed after the woman suffered a tear during childbirth that required sutures. Her family has allegedly filed a lawsuit claiming that she went to the hospital after experiencing pain in her stomach, but was sent home when doctors thought she was constipated. Her attorneys allege that this delay in care was negligent and led to further damages to the woman’s body. The bacteria allegedly took over and spread throughout her body after the woman…
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