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Surgeon Allegedly Misses Signs of Infection After Routine Gallbladder Operation

A well-known folk singer died after a routine gallbladder operation. The singer’s family launched a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging the surgeon missed obvious signs of a postoperative infection.

The statement of claim alleged the singer’s doctor failed to order adequate antibiotics and discharged the patient too soon, despite the fact she had a fever. The plaintiff’s attorney suggested the errors resulted in a preventable death and that if the hospital and physician’s had adhered to the accepted standard of care, the singer would have remained in care. The patient died of sepsis at the age of 55.

During the trial, the plaintiff’s lawyer indicated to the jury that postoperative infection is very common with the type of surgery. The morning the performer was discharged, she had a temperature of 102 degrees, a sign, said the attorney, that should have prompted the doctor to determine the cause of the fever. Additionally, infection should have been of concern to doctor due to the singer’s weight and a lap band which was inserted in her abdomen, factors that increase the risk of infection.

The defense indicated the patient’s blood tests showed a normal white blood cell count and that her fever had come down prior to being sent home. Addressing the accusation that the defendant had not given the singer enough medication to fight her infection, the doctor indicated a growing concern among physicians that the overuse of antibiotics often results in bacteria resistant to most medications.

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