Medical Malpractice Resulting in Leg Amputation
A 49 year old single woman, refugee from Cuba, was admitted to the hospital with severe abdominal pain. Just prior to being discharged from the hospital she began to run a fever, and became hypotensive (drop in blood pressure). A hospital “house physician” that had not yet become fully licensed in this country, decided to insert a central line in the groin region. Unfortunately, he placed the line in the femoral artery instead of the femoral vein. When medication was then placed into the line, it resulted in severe damage to the blood supply in the leg, requiring a below the knee amputation.