A tonsillectomy is a pretty common procedure for a child. Experts say it is the third most common childhood surgery right behind circumcision and ear tubes. This procedure is widely considered safe, so how did a 9-year-old little girl die after her procedure?
When Routine Medical Procedures Go Wrong
The little girl’s mother had been avoiding the surgery for years. Doctors told her that the procedure was medically necessary and would stop the girl’s snoring. So after a lot of trepidation, this girl’s mother finally took her daughter into Children’s Hospital of Michigan to get the procedure done. However, events played out as she had feared.
A surgery so routine it usually takes 40 minutes to complete took two hours. Once the little girl was out and on her way to recovery, the hospital staff quickly discharged her. The mother was given a prescription for oxycodone to give the little girl in case she was in pain, but because the drug is a controlled substance, no pharmacy was willing to fill it. Mother and daughter travelled to several pharmacies trying to get the prescription filled when the unthinkable happened.
The mother turned to the backseat to check on her little girl, but the 9-year-old was unresponsive and cold to the touch. She took the girl to the nearest hospital, but she was too far gone and passed away.
Now this mother is filing a lawsuit against the hospital that performed her daughter’s tonsillectomy. She believes something went wrong with the surgery and that the hospital rushed her and her daughter out. She believes those factors cost her little girl her life, do you agree?
Could a case like this happen in our local hospitals? What signs do we need to watch out for to guard your families against surgical errors? Follow our Macon medical malpractice attorneys for helpful tips that may keep your family a bit safer. You can also share your thoughts with us on Twitter and Facebook.
One of the hardest parts of a medical malpractice case is that it is not always obvious to the patient that a surgical mistake or hospital error caused them harm. While recovering from surgery, some pain and swelling is likely normal. However, if you are experienced greater pain than that doctor warned you about, that may be a sign something is very wrong. In this video, Georgia medical malpractice lawyer Kathy McArthur explains how a past patient experienced great pain and discomfort after surgery. Her doctor did not listen to her, and she finally went to the emergency room. Only then did the ER doctors discover that a surgical error had been made that almost cost the patient her life.
If you or your loved one had recent surgery, and you suspect something is not right, contact your doctor immediately. If that doctor dismisses your concerns, get a second opinion or go to the emergency room immediately. Then reach out to our Macon law firm for a free, no obligation consultation with Georgia medical malpractice attorney Kathy McArthur by calling 1-888-WE-FIGHT (1-888-933-4448) or fill out a contact form on our website: http://www.mcarthurlawfirm.com/.
We had a case involving a 24-year-old female, who a doctor didn't know why she was complaining of pain. He did laparoscopic surgery, it ended up that while he was in there just looking around through the scope, which is, you just make a couple of small incisions on the sides and that the belly button and go in with the camera you look around to see if there's anything wrong causing this which we found that to be a very unusual procedure to do on a 24-year-old to begin with. Turned out what had happened when he was in there was he had cut her bowel. He didn't know he had done it. Of course he didn't do it on purpose. If he had simply said “come back in, I think something's wrong. You're complaining of too much pain for what I did to you.” They called four times over the course of the next week. Finally the mother called and said “I'm taking her to the emergency room.” She ended up with 1 million dollars in medical expenses. She was transferred by Life Flight to Atlanta, stayed in the hospital in a coma for a month. I mean she totally went through hell because the physician didn't give legitimacy to her complaints of pain following a surgical procedure. He didn't even have her come back in. When do you know to call a lawyer? Well when something like that happens you're in a bad position. You don't understand why the doctor didn't call you back, didn't listen to your complaint, and then it turns out you're right. It's something terrible. That's when to call lawyer. It doesn't cost anything to get your questions answered and people feel a lot better. Someone on their side has looked at it and said “you were not malpractice” or “yes you were this should be proceeded on it should never have happened.” And that's what we do and I believe it's a real service to the medical profession and it’s a service to the public in general. At the McArthur law firm, our job is to fight for you to make sure you get justice and reasonable compensation for your injuries. To get in touch with us, call 1-888-WE-FIGHT (1-888-933-9448) or go to our website McArthurLawFirm.com.