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Error during routine surgery leaves woman an amputee

The alleged inexperience of a surgical resident has left one woman disabled for life. She sought medical assistance for an ectopic pregnancy and was originally scheduled for an overnight stay following a routine surgery to have the issue addressed. Rhode Island residents may be interested in the details of the woman's surgery, released in a recent news article. 

In July 2015, the woman was diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy and was admitted to a local hospital. During the surgery, a surgical resident allegedly perforated the woman's bowel and left a small hole. The hole was not found or corrected until two days after the surgery. 

During this time, the woman had already been admitted to the ICU for complications arising from the bowel perforation. The perforation caused sepsis, which led to gangrene in the woman's extremities. Doctors amputated both the woman's hands and feet, and she is now unable to eat anything by mouth ever again. She has lost the ability to care for herself and her children. 

A lawsuit was brought against the hospital and three physicians who assisted the woman during her failed surgery. The lawsuit suggests that the inexperience of the surgical resident was a factor as to why the bowel was perforated during such a routine surgery. She is seeking non-economic damages above the state-mandated $500,000 cap. Individuals in Rhode Island facing similar difficulties after surgery may wish to recover financial losses from their damages. Many choose to do so with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. 

Source:, "NC Mother Sues After An Alleged Surgical Mishap Forced Doctors To Amputate Her Hands, Feet and Legs", Ricky Riley, Feb. 18, 2018

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