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Jury Awards $500,000 For Forgotten Surgical Sponge

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Erin Webster has been awarded $525,269 in a case against Philadelphia’s Lower Bucks Hospital and nurses Megan Blatcher and Laura Tedesco and the Bristol Township Hospital were accused of negligence after they failed to remove a laparotomy sponge from her abdomen following a cesarean-section.

The jury found that the nurses failed to perform the required count of sponges, which is to be performed three times before the abdomen is closed and surgery is completed. Dr. Richard Turner, who performed the surgery was no found liable, as he properly relied on the nurses sponge count before making his decision to close the abdomen.

Webster, continued to have worsening pain in abdomen following the surgery and two months after giving birth she went to St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown where a CT scan showed “lap sponge within the lower abdomen and upper pelvis which was most likely left during prior surgery,” according to the suit. Webster suffered a severe infection where the sponge adhered to a portion of her bowel and caused perforations. She had to have 16 inches of small bowel removed which has caused adhesions, and she has undergone a second surgery for a bowel obstruction. She continues to experience pain and has digestive problems.

Webster’s attorney said he is filing a petition seeking a total of $737,241 in delay damages, which represents the interests accrued on the verdict since the suit was filed in 2005, Phillyburbs.com has reported.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Jury Awards $500,000 For Forgotten Surgical Sponge was posted on Friday, July 29th, 2011 at 7:18 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Medical Malpractice Lawsuits.

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