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Botched surgery leaves woman with brain damage

Medical malpractice takes place thousands of times a year, putting patients at risk due to negligence and mistakes. As someone who may need surgery or other medical care, you want to be sure that you're safe when you're under a doctor's care. You deserve to know that you're receiving the treatment you need with all the care and caution required.

A woman from Michigan City has been awarded $14.4 million in a federal lawsuit over medical malpractice, according to an article from April 30. The jury decided in her favor that her doctors in Illinois had botched a bariatric surgery and left her with brain damage.

The 52-year-old woman found the doctors in charge of the 2010 surgical procedure guilty of negligence; She was awarded $9.4 million for their involvement and another $5 million in a settlement from the hospital where the surgery took place.

The woman suffered the injuries after going through a gastric bypass surgery at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in 2010. At the time of the surgery, she was on blood thinners, which is often not done due to the risk of bleeding. During her surgery, she did just that; she had extensive internal bleeding and lost blood flow to her brain.

The woman will need ongoing medical care for much of her life if not the remainder of it. She can no longer walk and required around-the-clock help from her sisters, whom she now lives with. She claims her husband left her over her injuries and can no longer home school her four children due to the brain damage.

Source: The Times, "Michigan City woman awarded $14.4 million in federal medical malpractice suit," Giles Bruce, April. 30, 2015

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