Health

Woman Who Lost Legs From Surgery Complications Awarded $62 Million By New York Jury

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Stacey Galette sued Winthrop-University Hospital on Long Island and three doctors after complications from laparoscopic surgery led to the amputation of her legs and partial deafness.

She won the suit, and has been awarded $62 million by a New York City jury, reports New York Post.

The breakdown of awarded money came to $58 million for pain and suffering and another $4 million in special damages. The trial took 12 weeks in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn.

In 2009, Galette went to Winthrop-University Hospital for a laparoscopic removal of an ectopic pregnancy. Her attorney, Sanford Rubenstein, argued a punctured colon during the procedure led to infections and blood poisoning, reports WABC.

A hospital spokeswoman said that doctors diagnosed the complication quickly and treated it as best they could but her condition deteriorated quickly. Efforts to save her life were successful but left her disabled.