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Monday, March 5, 2012

Tabitha Mullings won $17.9 million settlement from Brooklyn Hospital amputation


Tabitha Mullings won a $17.9 million settlement from a medical nightmare that resulted in the amputation of her hands and feet in 2008.
Tabitha Mullings sued Brooklyn Hospital Center after a “medical mistake” allegedly led to the loss of all of her limbs during a visit over a simple kidney stone. Mullings was sent home with painkillers, leaving an infection untreated due to the failure to have a blood test performed. She collapsed in a matter of days into a semi-coma, only to wake without any arms or legs.

The 32-year-old mother of three is suing the hospital for $100 million dollars.

This form of alleged malpractice is perhaps the most common — particularly with HMOs and hospitals cutting back on tests and staff in some areas. The failure to diagnosis infection or cancer can raise difficult legal questions in terms of cause in fact. However, in Herskovits v. Group Health Cooperative (1983), doctors were still liable for the negligent failure to diagnose lung cancer — causing a 14% reduction in chance of survival. They were liable for the reduction of survivability, even though the patient had less than a 50% chance to live.

This case will be more difficult for the hospital since, presumably, this infection could have been treated without loss of life or limb. It will come down to whether a reasonable physician would have ordered tests in such a circumstance.

The Daily News reports that Tabitha Mullings will receive $9.4 million from Brooklyn Hospital Center and $8.5 million from the city.

The hospital and city say they settled because a sympathetic jury would have been swayed by Mullings' severe injuries.

The payout means the end of a three-year legal battle for Tabitha Mullings — though her fight to live a normal life may never be over.
“The reality is, I’m going to be like this the rest of my life,” said Mullings, 35, who was also partially blinded by a massive infection after doctors sent her home from the hospital and paramedics refused to take her back.
“I’m always going to have to have help to do everything, using the bathroom, using a toothbrush. I can’t do anything on my own,” said Mullings, who has three sons.

Money, she said, will not erase the grim reality she faces when she opens her eyes each morning.
“I dream about running and jumping rope double Dutch and then I wake up and it’s not like that,” she said. “Waking up is a nightmare.”
“I may be the strongest woman on Earth; at the end of the day someone has to put a pin in my hair.”
Mullings’ tale of horror began in September 2008 when she went to the Brooklyn Hospital Center emergency room and was sent home with the diagnosis of a kidney stone and some painkillers.
The next day Mullings was beset by agonizing pain and numbness and called 911 twice. FDNY medics did not take her back to the hospital.
Her fiancé rushed her to the Fort Greene hospital the next day, but she had developed a sepsis infection that spread through her body.
She lapsed into a coma and gangrene spread to her extremities. When she woke, her hands and feet were gone, and she was legally blind in one eye.
She filed suit while still in the hospital and has been waging a court battle while trying to recover from her devastating injuries.
A judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit. Now Brooklyn Hospital and two of its doctors will fork over $9.4 million, and the city will pay $8.5 million.
“This is a fair and reasonable and amicable resolution,” Mullings’ lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein said. “Justice has been done.”
Brooklyn Hospital insists it did nothing wrong, saying it gave Mullings “excellent care” and decided to settle because a sympathetic jury would have been swayed by her “profound” injuries.

This video is from the MSNBC website. It belongs to them. I just thought it needed to be seen on here as well. Medical Science ain't all that it's cracked.

Real Shocking Crimes caught on camera: "Warning Graphic."
What your mainstream media never tell you: 
Marvel at the al-Jazeera film crew whipping the crowd to hysteria. This is what most UK/american mainstream media do ; get the crowds TO ACT for the cameras. Ever noticed the STAGED gun shots or in-the-lens chanting? It's all fake, staged propaganda for the liars at Sky/ITN/BBC?CNN/Fox. اسامہ بن لادن ہلاکओसामा बिन लादेन को मार डाला قتل أسامة بن لادن Oussama Ben Laden tué Osama Bin Laden getötet Usama bin Ladin dödas DURBAN, South Africa -- “No high hopes for Durban.” “Binding treaty unlikely.” “No deal this year.” Thus ran the headlines. The profiteering UN bureaucrats here think otherwise. Their plans to establish a world government paid for by the West on the pretext of dealing with the non-problem of “global warming” are now well in hand. As usual, the mainstream media have simply not reported what is in the draft text which the 194 states parties to the UN framework convention on climate change are being asked to approve. Behind the scenes, throughout the year since Cancun, the now-permanent bureaucrats who have made highly-profitable careers out of what they lovingly call “the process” have been beavering away at what is now a 138-page document.

Its catchy title is "Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action Under the Convention -- Update of the amalgamation of draft texts in preparation of [one imagines they mean 'for'] a comprehensive and balanced outcome to be presented to the Conference of the Parties for adoption at its seventeenth session: note by the Chair.” In plain English, these are the conclusions the bureaucracy wants.  The contents of this document, turgidly drafted with all the UN's skill at what the former head of its documentation center used to call “transparent impenetrability”, are not just off the wall – they are lunatic.

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