Verdict: Not Guilty
Date: November 2010
DEF Medical: Dr. David N. Butler (Gastroenterologist) and Dr. Alemayehu Bekele (General Surgeon)
PLTF Experts: Dr. Kenneth S. Nelson (Internist) and Dr. Marshall Sparberg (Gastroenterologist)
DEF Experts: Dr. Bruce Guay (Internist) and Dr. Jeffrey Kopin (Internist)
Summary: Plaintiff was admitted to Bethany Hospital with sever acute pancreatic, cholecystitis, and cholelithiasis. Dr. Butler performed an ERCP and stone extraction. During Plaintiff’s hospitalization she developed worsening malnutrition, her diabetes was never adequately controlled, had persistent elevated white blood cell counts and severe electrolyte disturbances and persistent hypocalcemia where were never corrected or resolved. Plaintiff died en route to hospital 6 days after her discharge from the hospital. Autopsy determined the cause of death to be peritoneum.
Category: Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death