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Woman died 10 days after surgery, Chicago hospital sued

Having surgery is something that most people will do only when it becomes absolutely necessary. When the surgery is over, the patient is usually monitored for any abnormalities during the immediate healing period. Even after the patient is discharged from the surgical center or hospital, proper monitoring is still vital. One lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court on April 15 brings the issue of proper monitoring after surgery into question.

The lawsuit was filed against Northshore University HealthSystem, which was previously known as Evanston Northwestern Healthcare. It also names two doctors as defendants. The administrator for the estate of the deceased woman is seeking the costs of the lawsuit, as well as damages that are more than $50,000.

The woman died after having a pancreatic cyst removed. The surgery occurred on Sept. 5, 2008. Three days later, the patient started to experience shortness of breath, an irregular heartbeat, significant abdominal pain and abdominal swelling. Despite those troublesome complaints, the woman was discharged on Sept. 9, 2008. She died on Sept. 15, 2008 of a postoperative hemorrhage at the location of the surgical site.

Receiving proper followup care and monitoring after having any surgery is vital for the patient's health. In this wrongful death lawsuit, it is alleged that the medical professionals didn't properly respond to the woman's complaints. Now, because of that alleged negligence, her family has to live without her.

Anyone who has lost a family member because of improper monitoring after a surgery or failure of medical staff to respond to patient complaints might have the right to seek compensation. While monetary compensation won't bring back a loved one, it might help to cover some of the financial challenges presented by the untimely death.

Source: The Cook County Record, "Northshore University Health System, doctors sued over surgery patient’s death" Ben Hart, Apr. 18, 2014

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