A little more than a month after a Kentucky jury began hearing testimony concerning the January 2010 death of 39-year-old Pamela Dixon, it delivered a $10.6 million verdict against Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and Dr. John Husted.
According to news reports, "Dixon developed a fever and a tachycardic heart rate soon after her initial surgery on Dec. 17, 2009. By day two, Dixon reportedly told nurses she was in considerable pain, and tests on Dixon revealed abnormal activity. By Dec. 19, Dixon was moved to the ICU at LCRH, and according to nurses’ notes, Husted failed to respond immediately to what appeared to be signs of infection — a result of a gastric leak. Husted discovered the intra-abdominal gastric leak during a second exploratory surgery on Dec. 20, 2009.
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