Globegazette.com reported today on a lawsuit that was recently filed by the estate of a woman who died from a substantial brain injury following her surgery. The estate is suing two surgeons as well as the Mason City Clinic where Tammara Ann Haxton underwent lap-band weight loss surgery on October 23, 2009.
The lawsuit alleges that Dr. Kyle VerSteeg, the doctor who performed the operation, and Dr. Hussein Mohamed, an assisting surgeon, hit one of Ms. Haxton’s major blood vessels at the beginning of the procedure. This, in turn, caused Ms. Haxton to lose blood internally and forced the doctors to try and stabilize their patient by cross-clamping the blood vessel and by cutting off the blood flow to her heart. The doctors did not inform the anesthesiologists that they were doing this.
As a result, Ms. Haxton suffered brain damage due to the prolonged low blood pressure she experienced during her surgery. When a patient’s blood pressure drops, the flow of oxygen to the brain gets cut off and the result may include permanent brain damage. Unfortunately, Ms. Haxton did not recover from her brain injury and died on Nov. 17, 2009.
Ms. Haxton’s lawsuit states that her estate is seeking an unspecified amount of monetary damages as well as a trial by jury.
The attorneys at Levin & Perconti recognize the severity of loss that occurs in situations such as Ms. Haxton’s. Our attorneys are well experienced in the complexities of brain injury and wrongful death litigation. If someone you know has been injured because of a medical professional’s mistake, be sure to contact our Chicago injury lawyers for a consultation.