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California hospital sued after teenage girl declared brain dead

Parents in San Diego understand the angst that any medical condition involving their children can create. When medical problems come at the hands of physicians, dentists, nurses and other healthcare professionals expected to care for patients, the tragedies can become even more somber. Medical malpractice is generally defined as the failure to provide a reasonable standard of care.

This can be in the form of a misdiagnosis, a surgical error or some other situation. One California family is currently facing issues arising from a surgical procedure that their daughter underwent just over one year ago, at the age of 13. A lawsuit has been filed in the case and alleges that the girl was subjected to an invasive surgery that may not have been necessary. Additionally, reports indicate that the surgeon failed to share with other staff members his observation of a problem with the girl’s carotid artery that could leave her vulnerable to excessive bleeding.

After surgery for sleep apnea was completed, the girl’s parents noted blood coming up as she coughed. A doctor arrived nearly five hours after being requested. A few hours later, the hospital staff declared the teenager brain dead. The girl has since been moved to a facility that provides long-term care on the east coast and is said to provide some level of response to stimuli with her arms and feet.

Situations like these can leave family members grieving unnecessarily and for extended periods of time. Victims of medical errors deserve help and talking to an attorney may be one option for obtaining that help.

 

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