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Surgery gone wrong may have caused premature birth

From minor procedures to urgent operations, going under the knife may seem like just another routine occurrence in the hospital. No matter how New Jersey patients perceive it, surgery is still a serious and possibly life-threatening endeavor. A surgery gone wrong can result in serious complications that often require further medical care and treatment.

An out-of-state mother claims that she was the victim of a negligent surgeon after developing appendicitis when she was only weeks pregnant. The attending surgeon apparently led her to believe that her appendix had been removed in its entirety, but this was not the case. When she ended up back in the hospital at 23 weeks pregnant, the source of her insufferable abdominal pain was discovered to be the one and a half inch section of her appendix that was left behind after the initial surgery.

This recurrence of appendicitis required further surgery to fully remove the remnant appendix. Unfortunately, the second surgery triggered labor and led to her daughter's premature birth. At the time, the newborn weighed less than two pounds.

A prominent surgeon who has published multiple papers on appendectomies testified on the family's behalf, stating that leaving such a large segment of the appendix behind did not comply with the standard of care. When New Jersey patients suffer a similar act of neglect, resulting in a surgery gone wrong, the results can be more than just physically damaging; they can be financially and emotionally taxing, too. Often, the most effective route that some victims can take is to pursue a medical malpractice claim against the attending health care provider. If successfully navigated to completion, recourse can include compensation for related financial burdens as well as pain and suffering.

Source:, "Jury selection begins in medical malpractice case", Michael D. Abernethy, Dec. 4, 2014

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