A woman in Kentucky went in to get laparoscopic bypass surgery, which is used as a method of weight loss for those whose weight could pose other health issues. She suffered an abdominal leak, and she had to go in for a second surgery. After that one was carried out, the woman passed away in December of 2010. Now the woman's family has won their lawsuit against the surgeon and hospital.
Parents in Covington and Kenton, Kentucky, are no different from parents anywhere else who want the best medical care for their children and trust their children's doctors to provide it. Medical mistakes such as a failure to diagnose can occur, but few parents expect doctors to misrepresent a child's medical condition as parents of an infant with a failing heart recently alleged.
Covington may not be as crowded as Manhattan, but the news that a New York City maternity ward employee may have spread tuberculosis in a busy hospital may have sent chills to new parents all around the country. No cases of wrongful death from TB had been reported, but authorities said that hundreds of newborns were possibly exposed to the deadly disease from the worker, who tested positive for the contagious illness.
Hospital negligence has been blamed for three recent patient deaths at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center. These deaths are a part of a series of deaths at VA facilities that may have been preventable.
Patients from Covington, Kentucky, that could have been a part of the seven million Americans who received cardiac stent implants over the past 10 years may be interested to know of recent disheartening discoveries made about the devices. Stents being the go-to surgery has led some critics to wonder if the devices are being overused due to a kind of hospital malpractice, with surgeons enriching themselves at the expense of patients.
A doctor who may have treated patients from Kentucky has been arrested by the FBI for Medicare fraud. The doctor, who worked out of a private practice in Hamilton, Ohio, is accused of billing Medicare for three times as many procedures as the next most active interior lumbar fusion surgeon.