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$1.0 Million Settlement Against Hospital Emergency Room For Failing To Treat Complications From Gastric Bypass Surgery

A 28 year old woman with a history of gastric bypass surgery and revision bypass surgery presented to a hospital emergency department with severe abdominal pain. The emergency room physician performed no medical tests, diagnosed her with an ovarian cyst, and discharged her. Her pain continued to worsen prompting her husband to take her to a second hospital’s emergency department where she collapsed on arrival. Emergency surgery was performed which revealed that the area in her bowel which had been revised had ruptured causing a massive infection. She died from sepsis. A civil action was brought against the first hospital’s emergency department for failing to properly investigate, diagnose and treat the rupture The case settled for $1 million dollars.