Cleveland residents might have heard about this case where a widow was
forced to sue over her husband’s wrongful death in 2009. According
to the medical malpractice case out of Illinois, the jury has now awarded
the woman and her children $1.6 million for the death of her husband,
which took place in 2009 after his emergency medical treatment failed.
According to a report from March 31, the award is allegedly one of the
largest that has ever been given in Peoria County.

According to the news, the man had been treated on Sept. 6, 2009 when he
went to St. Francis hospital. He was diagnosed with autoimmune hemolytic
anemia, which is a condition where the red blood cells are destroyed by
the body. This kind of anemia limits the amount of oxygen in the blood
stream, affecting the rest of the body. Without treatment, this kind of
oxygen deprivation can prove fatal.

Normally, this condition is treated with steroids and blood transfusions
as necessary. However, the man only was given two units of blood, and
that wasn’t enough to stabilize him in his condition. The report
didn’t indicate whether he received any steroids to help prevent
his immune system from attacking the cells he had left. Due to the alleged
lack of care, the 48-year-old man went into cardiac arrest and then passed
away on Sept. 8, 2009 — two days after his initial treatment.

After deliberating for around 10 hours over three days, the jury determined
that the doctor and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center was in fact liable
for the death of the man in Sept. 2009. The jury determined that the award
of $1.6 million was fair for the family losses.