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Midland family files lawsuit against hospital for negligence

Those in Franklin might be interested in hearing about this case involving a six-year-old girl who allegedly did not receive the care she needed to avoid a damaging brain injury. According to reports, the little girl suffered brain damage after going into cardiac arrest while being treated in the hospital with emergency surgery. Her family is now seeking compensation for the damage that resulted from the alleged negligence of the hospital.

According to the family, the doctors at a Midland hospital allegedly told them that the little girl would get better, completely missing the fact that the six-year-old was ill with appendicitis. The child suffered from symptoms of a fever, abdominal pain, a racing heartbeat, and others, and she visited the hospital multiple times over the course of a few days prior to her emergency surgery on August 5.

On August 5, 2011, the girl had to be airlifted to the Covenant Children's Hospital (a different medical facility) in Lubbock where she underwent surgery to remove three quarts of pus, along with a ruptured appendix, from her stomach. The lawsuit states that the girl suffered multiple cardiac arrests during the procedure and once had CPR for 45 minutes.

According to the family's attorney, the child lost a leg and has been left with permanent brain damage due to the incident. The family is seeking over one million dollars, since Midland Memorial Hospital has a cap of $100,000 that it can pay to the family set by the government.

In this case, the family has waited before submitting a lawsuit, but they may have a right to additional compensation for the ongoing care of their child. Those who face similar situations should be sure to seek legal advice and to understand the legal rights they have.


Source: 
News West 9, "Midland Family Files Medical Malpractice Suit Against Midland Memorial Hospital" Alexa Williams, Jul. 29, 2013

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