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A 62 year old man was admitted to hospital after suffering abdominal problems such as nausea and diarrhea. After transfers to several hospitals and evaluation by several specialists, a partial small bowel obstruction was diagnosed and he was operated on. He was then transferred to ICU where he was unable to consume food for 19 days due to poor bowel functioning. His wife claims the resulting malnutrition led to lowered immunity. He developed a urinary infection, then sepsis and finally multi-organ failure and death. Doctors disputed this claim and stated that they were operating within the guidelines when taking into account all the particulars about this patient. The widow failed in her malpractice suit against the hospital.
About: Widow fails in medical malpractice case over husbandís death
Date: September 2004
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