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Tampa Woman Sues Hospital after Flesh-Eating Bacteria Infection Leads to Loss of Hands and Feet

Posted on June 26, 2012

A Tampa woman, who lost her hands and feet due to a flesh-eating bacteria infection that she allegedly contracted following a Tampa General Hospital outpatient surgical procedure, is suing the hospital for medical malpractice.

The patient believed she would be able to go home a few hours after having surgery to remove an ovarian cyst in 2010. Instead, she endured eight operations in twelve days and didn’t leave the hospital until six months later.

The medical malpractice lawsuit in Florida, filed in Hillsborough Circuit Court, contends that the doctor who performed the operation mistakenly sliced through the woman’s small bowel when removing the cyst and then sewed her up without noticing the error. This, the suit alleges, led to follow-up surgeries, massive infection, internal damage, and limb loss. The suit also said that other mistakes made by hospital staff led to the current state of affairs where his client now needs care from “highly skilled medical personnel 24 hours a day seven days a week for the rest of her life.”

As a result of the infection and surgeries, blood flow to the extremities was constricted, according to the suit. That, in turn, led to the amputations. The suit states the woman lost parts of her stomach, intestines, and muscle as well.

The attorney for the patient said he estimates that the economic damages are $40 million. Tampa General and the University of South Florida (USF) have both been named in the suit. Tampa General is the main teaching hospital for USF.

If you or a loved one has suffered a devastating injury as a result of medical negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for damages. A Tampa Bay, FL surgery injury attorney at Farah & Farah has the experience and tenacity required to take on doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies. Call us at (800) 533-3555. The call and the consultation are complimentary.