Jul 24, 2018 News
… claims gauze left in her body during surgery
For the second time in less than a month, a woman has filed a lawsuit against the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and its Board claiming negligence following a surgery at the hospital.
Onissa Bowling is suing the hospital on the grounds, that during a subsequent surgery, doctors discovered that gauze had negligently been left in her body.
Based on filings by Attorney-at-law Priya Manickchand, on November 26, 2015, Bowling visited the Hospital in excruciating pain and was diagnosed as having “gallstones”.
She was prescribed medication, which she bought and used.
According to court documents, Bowling’s pain continued and worsened and on or around March 14, 2016, an operation was done to remove the gallstones and infected bladder.
She spent about two weeks in hospital.
Bowling claims to have experienced great discomfort following the operation, which she communicated to the medical staff, but was advised that she was well enough to be discharged.
Suffering excessive pain and discomfort, court documents state that Bowling visited the hospital several times following the surgery and in July 2016, another operation was performed “to remove one more stone.”
According to the court filings, Bowling subsequently spent close to one month in the hospital.
“She was experiencing worsened pain with her wound bursting and having to be re -stitched several times,” court documents state.
Between July 2016 and October 2016, Bowling is said to have visited the hospital at least four more times complaining of severe pain, discomfort and suffering.
She claims that on October 1, 2016, medical staff at the hospital discovered that gauze had negligently been left in her body during one of her previous visits.
The gauze was subsequently removed and she was discharged about one week later.
However, she had to be rushed to the emergency room of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital soon thereafter with fever, pain, swelling and much suffering.
“It was discovered at the said Mercy Hospital that the claimant’s wound and other parts of her body were infected and rotting and yet another operation had to be performed on the claimant at great expense to the claimant,” court documents outline.
The documents indicate that between March 2016 and October 2016, Bowling was in continuous, excruciating pain and suffered much physically, emotionally, mentally and financially.
It was outlined that Bowling’s continuous physical pain and suffering and anguish, caused her much mental and emotional pain, fears and suffering and disabled her in many important ways and caused her relations with her loved ones to change significantly.
She is seeking damages in excess of $10M for negligence; $10M for personal injuries, pain and suffering; interest, cost and any further order the court seems just.
Last week, Kaieteur News reported that another woman, Kim Nichols, had filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the hospital, claiming that foreign objects were left in her during a 2016 surgery.
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