Skip to comments.NYC Woman Loses Hands, Feet In Hospital 'Mistake'
Posted on 11/21/2008 4:27:58 PM PST by Michael.SF.
NEW YORK (CBS) ― She was a vibrant young mother who went to a Brooklyn hospital for what she thought was a kidney stone. She wound up leaving without her hands and feet because of what her lawyers call a "medical mistake."
Now, Tabitha Mullings is suing.
The 32-year-old suffered an infection and ended up a quadriplegic with impaired vision.
"Because of this hospital, this emergency room, with back pain and side pain, and she leaves here on a stretcher with no hands and feet and legally blind," said Sanford Rubenstein, Mullings' attorney.
It was on Sept. 14 when Mullings came to the hospital suffering from abdominal pain, and had a kidney stone, and a condition with a known propensity for infection.
But Mullings' lawyers say there was no blood test. She was sent home, and when her fiancé brought her back the next day, an infection was raging. It choked off the blood flow to her extremities. After gangrene set in, her hands turned black, her feet turned black, all four limbs had to be amputated.
Is this something that is rare? Should the hospital have been advised of this condition? Did she know she had this condidition and what blood test would be required to determine that this condition existed?
As bad as I feel for the woman, I would be curious to know a bit more before finalizing an opinion on the level of responsibility of those involved.
“Because of this hospital, this emergency room, with back pain and side pain, and she leaves here on a stretcher with no hands and feet and legally blind,”
I’m no fan of lawsuits and trial lawyers, but if there was ever a case for a huge settlement due to malpractice, this is it.
That article is written awful. Hard to understand it.
See George C. Scott in the movie “The Hospital.”
But there are still questions to be answered that are not covered in this short article.
“She certainly hired a very eloquent attorney didn’t she?”
A regular Oliver Wendell Gump.
MRSA - my thoughts also.
Sue the hospital for the hospital.
This is really one of those times when you want one of the lowest, dirtiest lawyers representing you. That barely qualifies as a “mistake.” This woman should get at least $50,000,000, if not $75,000,000.
Lots of possible factors other than malpractice, but probably will have to be sorted out by a judge and/or a jury.
It’s not unusual for an infection to occur if someone has kidney stones.
They had less chance of picking that up if they didnt give her a blood test, as the article indicates.
Paging Henry Paulson.......bailout in aisle 3.
sounds like she developed septicemia from an infection and that can cause blood to clot and people to lose limbs,,must have been horrible. Strange case,,I would like more details.
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