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Woman's Estate Gets $425,000 in Bypass Surgery Death Suit

Woman's Estate Gets $425,000 in Bypass Surgery Death Suit


The Medical University of South Carolina made a settlement of $425,000 to a woman's estate who died after getting a bypass surgery in 2017.

As per the court documents, a 43-year-old woman with a history of morbid obesity underwent gastric bypass surgery on October 6, 2017. A day after the surgery, the hospital staff noted she had blood clots. She suffered from hypotension and abdominal pain on October 8,  for which a medical emergency team was called. A CT scan revealed that the woman had a bowel obstruction and was then taken to the ICU, where she died within hours of the first emergency call.

A personal representative of the woman’s estate sued the Medical University for negligence, medical malpractice, and wrongful death. The state insurance reserve paid $425,000 to the claims and allegations asserted in the medical malpractice lawsuit.

A similar medical malpractice lawsuit was filed against a medical center in Seattle in 2015. The woman suffered a variety of injuries including impaired cognitive function, speech, memory, and mobility. She received nearly $14 million as a settlement for future economic losses and damages.


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