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Woman sues hospital for medical malpractice

A woman brought a lawsuit against Simi Valley Hospital for medical malpractice, claiming that she has been living in a nightmare for many years due to a mistake made during a bladder-support and standard hysterectomy surgery.

The woman was 56-years-old in 2007 when she checked into the hospital for the procedures. Three days after they took place, she went back to the hospital because she was in a great deal of pain. It was then that she was first told nothing was wrong. Hospital personnel sent her home to deal with the pain.

A year later, however, she ran into another problem that sent her back to the hospital. She said, "I started to feel ill and faint, and (I) started to perspire, and (I had) blurry vision. They came back, saying that I had a gastrointestinal issue of some sort, and they told me to not eat any more spicy food, and sent me on my way."

After another incident, her gynecologist suspected an ovarian cyst. During a procedure to remove her ovaries, a mass was spotted. She later learned that it was not a mass, but a surgical sponge that was left inside her during the initial surgery. Due to the time that had passed, the sponge was surrounded by scar tissue, causing doctors to remove part of her small intestine to excise it.

This medical malpractice incident was completely preventable had the surgeon and his surgical team followed protocol and counted sponges. In this case, the error led to a woman suffering needlessly for many years. Filing a lawsuit is one step toward getting compensation for her suffering.

Source: CBS Los Angeles, "Patient Sues Hospital After Forgotten Surgical Sponge Costs Her Portion Of Intestine" No author given, Jun. 17, 2014

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