Two doctors from Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Alasdair Conn and Dr. George Velmahos, will pay the estate of 62-year-old Plymouth resident Geraldine Moran $4.5 million due to allegations that they failed to take action that might have prevented the woman’s death.
According to the lawsuit, Moran fell from the top of a 6-foot-tall ladder in her home while cleaning on March 23, 2005, breaking several ribs. She was first taken to the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, formerly called Jordan Hospital, where her pelvis and chest areas were examined and it was discovered that she had several broken ribs, one in a very dangerous location near her aorta.
Doctors at Beth Israel suggested that she be taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, as they would be in a better position to treat her injuries. The lawsuit alleged that Conn and Velmahos, the doctors who examined her at Mass. General, failed to order chest imaging exams on Moran, or address the broken rib next to her aorta. The broken rib punctured her aorta overnight, resulting in cardiac arrest and her death.