$2.4 million settlement for failure to diagnose post-Cesarean infection
A 24-year-old North Shore woman who suffered the loss of most of her intestines settled her claims against four doctors for $2.4 million. The woman developed a post-operative infection after delivering her first child by Cesarean section. The infection was not diagnosed until ten days later, when it had spread to her blood stream and caused respiratory failure. Treatment of the widespread infection required surgery to remove her reproductive organs and most of her intestines, leaving her unable to digest food. She will require permanent hyperalimentation, a method of delivering nutrients intravenously through a catheter inserted in her chest.