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Boy suffers brain damage during outpatient surgery

One particular county has decided to settle out a medical malpractice lawsuit for $20 million. The patient was a 3-year old boy that underwent outpatient surgery at one of the county's hospitals. However, because the boy was reportedly deprived of oxygen for between 5 to 7 minutes, the child is now described as "profoundly" brain damaged.

The outpatient surgery was described as being elective. Apparently the child went into cardiac arrest at 8:25 a.m., but cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was not performed for another five minutes. It also seems that the child was left without a pulse for as much as 15 minutes.

Though $20 million is a large sum of money, the boy likely suffered severe and permanent injury as the result of deficient medical care and will now need ongoing care - perhaps for a lifetime. This is only one of at least two multi-million dollar settlements that the county entered into on the very same day.

Medical malpractice lawsuits can often force hospitals and clinics to reexamine how these sorts of mistakes have come about, and hopefully the large price the medical providers pay will force the facilities to never made this type of mistake again.

Medical malpractice attorneys will play a large role in these cases in that the attorney's job is to tell the family and patient's story that they may not be able to tell themselves. The type of medical mistake that results in brain damage to any patient - and especially a young boy - should simply not occur. Here a mistake occurred in outpatient surgery that appears otherwise to have been routine.

Source: The Courier-News, "County agrees to $20 million settlement over suit involving boy at Stroger," by Lisa Donovan, Feb. 5, 2013

  • Our Pittsburgh law firm's webpage contains additional information regarding traumatic brain injury and medical malpractice lawsuits.

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