A young mother from Brooklyn, New York, woke up from a medical nightmare
that resulted in the loss of her feet and hands from an infection. She
just settled for $17.9 million in a lawsuit against the Brooklyn Hospital
Center and the city.
Tabitha Mullings visited the emergency room at Brooklyn Hospital Center
in the fall of 2008 with severe pain. They told her she had a kidney stone
and sent her home with some painkillers. That didn’t work, so the
following day she called 911 on two occasions but for whatever reason
responders chose not to take her to the hospital. Mullings’ pain
did not improve, so the next day her fiancé took her to the hospital.
Mullings woke up from a coma and discovered her feet and hands had been
amputated due to gangrene. Her body had been ravaged by an infection.
She sued Brooklyn Hospital Center and the city right away, and recently
they came to a settlement. The hospital stands by its care but felt Mullings
would garner too much sympathy with a jury so decided it’d be wisest
to settle. The city will pay Mullings $8.5 million, and the hospital and
two doctors will pay $9.4 million.
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