Medical Malpractice Surgical Error Resulting in Death
A 39 year old veteran was seen at the emergency room at the V.A. Hospital in Miami due to abdominal complaints. It was determined that his large bowel had perforated, and that he required surgery. During the surgical procedure the operating surgeon used excessive force on the splenic flexture, causing a rupture and bleeding within the splenic capsule. The injury was not recognized until the spleen had burst open, causing uncontrolled bleeding and massive blood loss. An emergency procedure was undertaken, however, the intervention was not timely. The decedent left three minor children.