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Medical Malpractice Claim Filed After Bladder Lacerated And Intestine Erroneously Removed During Ovarian Surgery
INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis woman has filed a medical malpractice claim with the Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) alleging medical negligence against an Indianapolis ob/gyn physician, Community Hospital East, and other defendants. Filing a proposed complaint with the IDOI is a prerequisite to pursuing a claim in state court against healthcare providers covered by Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act.
According to the patient’s medical records, the patient underwent surgery for the removal of an ovarian cyst performed by Dr. Abby Beall on November 9, 2014 at Community Hospital East in Indianapolis. The records obtained during the investigation reflect that during the course of the ovarian surgery, the woman’s bladder was somehow lacerated. Due to the bladder laceration, the records indicate a second surgeon was called in to assist Dr. Beall and repair the bladder injury. After the bladder repair and surgery was completed, the patient’s abdomen was sutured closed according to the records. The records indicate that the tissue removed during the ovarian surgery was sent to the hospital’s pathology lab for analysis. According to the records, the pathologist noted that the tissue removed included a section of intestines that was “7 cm in length.”
The operative reports completed by the surgeons contained no acknowledgement that a section of intestines had been erroneously removed during the surgery. Over the next few days, the patient developed severe abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting according to the records. Finally, because of her declining condition, on November 12, 2014 the patient underwent emergency exploratory surgery, according to the records. The medical records indicate that during the exploratory surgery, feces was found spilling into the patient’s abdominal cavity, and it was noted that a “significant segment [of her colon] was missing.”
The complaint filed with the IDOI alleges that the defendants were “negligent” and “removed a large section of [the patient’s] bowel during surgery but failed to acknowledge the removal during surgery, and failed to address the removal until days later,” causing harm to the patient.
According to the medical records, the patient suffered from life-threatening sepsis, spent weeks in the hospital, and required a colostomy (a surgical procedure that brings one end of the large intestine out through an opening made in the abdominal wall which allows feces to drain through the opening into a bag attached to the outside of the abdomen).
The patient is represented by the Powless Law Firm, which is based in Indianapolis and represents victims state-wide in medical negligence and nursing home neglect cases.
“In addition to the immense human suffering our client has endured as a result of these medical mistakes, she has also been billed in excess of $200,000 in medical bills following these tragic errors, much of which is owed to the defendants. One would expect that they would take responsibility for what has transpired, but to date they have not,” said Jeff Powless, one of the attorneys representing the injured patient.
Our investigation into this matter is still ongoing. If you are a former employee of the defendants and have any information or knowledge concerning any these matters, please contact us confidentially by calling 877-769-5377.
The proposed complaint filed in this matter with the Indiana Department of Insurance is a public record.
The Powless Law Firm is an Indiana law firm that represents victims and families state-wide in serious cases involving nursing home neglect, medical negligence, personal injury and wrongful death. If you have concerns about nursing home neglect or abuse, please contact us at 877-769-5377. Together we can make a difference.