In July of 2006, Pamela Moore was admitted to Martin Memorial Medical Center for what should have been a simple laparoscopic hysterectomy. After the surgery, however, Mrs. Moore began experiencing abnormal signs and symptoms including low blood pressure, high heart rate, nausea and severe abdominal pain. Those findings notwithstanding, Mrs. Moore was discharged three days after surgery. Over the next 24 hours, her symptoms got even worse, and her husband called 911. She was transported to another facility where a surgeon found that her sigmoid colon had been perforated. By that time, she was near death from septic shock and had a massive infection in her abdominal wall. Although she survived, she has required numerous additional surgeries and continues to suffer from recurrent MRSA infections.
Instead of accepting responsibility for the harm caused, Martin Memorial Medical Center and the gynecologist, Dr. Mcnaney-Flint denied liability and maintained that Mrs. Moore’s perforation did not occur until after she was discharged from the hospital.
After a three week trial which concluded on March 18, a Martin County jury rejected the Defendants’ position finding the hospital 70% responsible for Mrs. Moore’s damages and the physician 30% responsible. The award included just over $600,000 for past medical expenses, $370,000 in future medical care, and non-economic damages of almost $2 million.