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$1M Settlement in Florida Malpractice Suit

A one million dollar malpractice settlement was awarded yesterday to the family of a woman who was killed due to a medical mistake at a Jacksonville, Florida Naval Hospital.

In 2001, Jocelyn Foster, a 46-year-old woman, was admitted to the NAS Medical Center after complaining of pain relating to her menstruation.  Foster had had a long history of stomach troubles and had several surgeries performed in the past.

The Doctor at the hospital, Dr. Wilkes, gave Foster a complete hysterectomy without even checking on any previous problems or knowing Foster’s surgical history.  During the surgery Dr. Wilkes accidentally cut into Foster’s bowel and part of her bladder.  An additional doctor was called in to try and repair the accident, but Foster had already started to die from sepsis, an infection that spreads poison throughout the body.

Sean Cronin, the attorney in the Foster case accepted the million dollar settlement on behalf of Foster’s family.

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