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Routine surgery leads to lifelong child injury

Most everyone in New York has heard the term "routine surgery." Many people have even undergone a procedure that would fall under that category. However, the word "routine" is relative -- even those procedures that are relatively minor can still carry serious complications, especially if medical care professionals make mistakes. Unfortunately, a family in another state has recently filed a lawsuit after their daughter suffered a child injury during what should have been a routine procedure.

Just before the young girl turned 2, she underwent a procedure to remove both her adenoids and tonsils. While a tonsillectomy is frequently performed on children under the age of 15, this young girl's procedure reportedly did not go according to plan. Her parents have since filed a lawsuit against the doctor who performed the procedure as well as the hospital.

Because of the lawsuit, reports indicate that they they are declining to speak publicly in detail about the events that led to their daughter's injury. However, they claim that they were warned at the time that if she did survive, she would likely be in a vegetative state. She did, in fact, suffer a severe brain injury that requires extensive medical interventions -- treatments that are often not covered by insurance. In addition to these expenses, the mother was forced to quit her job to provide care.

The family has been able to raise money through fundraisers. However, they likely have not earned enough to ensure that the girl receives the medical care she needs for the rest of her life. Because a child injury such as these frequently results in a victim who requires around-the-clock medical care, many families in New York choose the same path of filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. A successfully presented case can help families with the medical bills in addition to ensuring that responsible parties are held accountable for their actions.

Source:, "Girl left disabled after tonsilectomy; what you need to know about the surgery", Carolina Leid, July 4, 2017

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