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Man Awarded Triple Damages After Wife’s Surgery Death

A jury awarded a Kansas man almost three times the state’s typical medical malpractice damages after his wife died of severe injuries sustained during a routine surgery.

According to the medical malpractice lawsuit filed by Richard Lee, 79-year-old Mary Lee underwent a heart operation and suffered complications after a catheter was incorrectly inserted, repeatedly perforating a vein.

Lee suffered excessive bleeding during the surgery and was killed as a direct result of her injuries.

The lawsuit claims the heart surgeon who performed the operation, Wade Fischer, should have analyzed the vein injury before continuing the surgery. The jury ordered Fischer to pay nearly $750,000 in damages to Lee’s husband for his losses and suffering.

Fischer’s attorney Randy Troutt defended his client by arguing that the anesthesiologist—dismissed from the medical malpractice case before the trial—incorrectly inserted the catheter causing Lee to suffer serious injuries.

Furthermore, the attorney claims the anesthesiologist failed to use the proper tools to evaluate the damages caused to the patient and never communicated the problem to the surgeon.

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