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.