Jefferson Parish, La., resident Lillie B. Magee filed suit against David W. Hoerner MD, according to The Louisiana Record. Magee alleges that when Hoerner was performing surgery on her in 2011, acting as her obstetrician and gynecologist, he perforated her bowel.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, bowel perforation is a medical emergency. It occurs when the bowel develops a hole, which can be the result of many conditions or an abdominal surgery mistake. It causes severe abdominal pain, as well as chills, fever, nausea and vomiting. These symptoms are a result of the contents of the bowel leaking into the body, causing peritonitis. Left untreated, bowel infections can cause sepsis, a body-wide infection that is serious and can result in death. Repairing a perforated bowel requires surgery to close the hole and medication to treat infection.
Magee alleges Hoerner breached the standard of care, failed to exercise due and ordinary care and caution, failed to properly diagnose and treat her and failed to inform her of her condition following the surgery. She is seeking damages of an unspecified amount for medical expenses, mental anguish and suffering and physical anguish and suffering.
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