Saturday, 20 of October of 2018

Misdiagnosed Kidney Infection Results in Leg, Foot Amputation for Maryland (MD) Woman

Unable to stop the spread of the patient's sepsis, doctors decided to partially amputate her leg and foot. The woman later sued her two principal physicians and, on August 9,2010, won a jury verdict for $2.35 million. Jurors determined that the doctors failed to provide the proper standard of care.

By Jim Lewis, Medical Malpractice Attorney

Imagine going to the emergency room with a severe stomachache and coming out of a coma almost two weeks later missing part of one leg and most of another foot. This is exactly what happened to a Silver Springs, Maryland (MD), mother of two young children when doctors at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital misdiagnosed her kidney infection as kidney stones.

According to the Washington Post, 24-year-old Yesenia Rivera had been treated and released at Adventist two days before returning with what she perceived as only severe stomach pains. Doctors compounded their first misdiagnosis by ruling that Rivera had a ruptured ectopic pregnancy or a gallbladder problem. Rivera actually had a form of sepsis — a blood infection that spreads from a patient’s skin, bowels, lungs or kidneys and can prove fatal even if treated aggressively.

Unable to stop the spread of Rivera’s sepsis, doctors decided to partially amputate her leg and foot. Rivera later sued her two principal physicians and, on August 9,2010, won a jury verdict for $2.35 million. Jurors determined that the doctors, who were practicing at Adventist under contract, failed to provide the proper standard of care.

Medical mistakes take many forms, and missed diagnoses are among the most common and most serious. While perfection is too high a standard to which to hold doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers, patients and families need to be able to receive compensation for injuries — and, sometimes, deaths — that result from errors made by medical professionals. I am glad the Maryland jury recognized that.

EJL

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