November 24, 2015, PNLR E-Newsletter
Inadequate postoperative treatment plan
The plaintiff alleged that a hospital and ICU physician failed to implement an adequate posteroperative treatment plan for her child, who suffered brain damage after surgery on her skull. The parties settled before trial for $16.3 million. Ayoola v. Advocate Christ Hosp. & Med. Ctr.
Doe, 2, underwent surgery to treat craniosynostosis, a condition that causes a baby’s skull plates to close prematurely. After the surgery, she was transferred to the hospital’s intensive care unit. Although her surgeon then ordered a CT scan and a complete blood count, this was not completed for over five hours. While in the ICU, Doe’s heart and respiratory rates increased, and her blood pressure decreased. Staff placed an arterial line for fluids.
Blood test results later revealed that Doe had lost half her circulating blood volume. Despite receiving a transfusion, Doe suffered brain damage. Now 9, she is nonverbal, suffers from cerebral palsy, and cannot walk or see.
Doe’s mother sued the hospital and the attending ICU physician, alleging failure to implement an adequate postoperative treatment plan, failure to give Doe a timely blood transfusion, failure to properly monitor Doe, and failure to follow up on postoperative lab results. The defendants denied liability.
The parties settled before trial for $16.3 million. The hospital paid $4.3 million and the physician paid $12 million.
Citation: Ayoola v. Advocate Christ Hosp. & Med. Ctr., No. 2010-L-011832 (Ill. Cir. Ct. Cook Cnty. Aug. 12, 2015).
Plaintiff counsel: AAJ members Jon C. Papin and John M. Power, both of Chicago.