There are a variety of reasons why a person in West Virginia might undergo surgery. For some, they need surgical intervention to improve or prevent a medical condition while others elect such an action to improve their self-esteem. While there are risks associated with any type of surgery, those risks are likely increased if medical care professionals do not respond appropriately to medical emergencies that arise. Unfortunately, one out-of-state woman claims that her daughter suffered a brain injury during a breast augmentation procedure.
Her daughter was 18 in Aug. 2013 when she underwent the procedure. Once completed, the patient's blood pressure reportedly dropped to dangerously low levels. She lost consciousness and was struggling to breathe. The doctor who delivered the anesthesia reportedly worked for over 30 minutes attempting to revive her. She was eventually transferred to the hospital where she spent several weeks in a coma.
Unfortunately, she suffered brain damage as a result of lack of oxygen. While she can now take a few steps and say a few words, doctors believe that she will never fully recover. The Florida Department of Health has since filed a complaint against the doctor. While he had to pay a $10,000 fine and undergo 15 hours of continuing education courses, he continues to practice medicine. Now the mother of the young woman must care for her daughter while raising the young woman's 6-year-old son.
Cases of brain injury caused by medical malpractice leaves many families wondering how they will cope with their finances. In this case, the victim likely requires extensive care and ongoing medical treatment. To receive help with these expenses, many victims in West Virginia and their families file a medical malpractice lawsuit. In addition to helping with medical and other expenses, a successfully presented claim can ensure that medical care professionals are held responsible for negligent acts.
Source: duluthnewstribune.com, "Mother of girl brain-damaged by plastic surgery warns about clinics", Brenda Medina, June 28, 2016