September 26, 2012

It has been reported that a Maryland medical malpractice claim involving the death of a 7-year-old boy who died in 2009 as a result of alleged medical malpractice arising from hernia repair surgery performed by an urologist on December 18, 2008 has been settled for an undisclosed sum. The medical malpractice case was brought by the little boy’s parents and was pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (Baltimore). The medical malpractice case was assigned the case number 1:10-cv-03303-RDB. A settlement order regarding the confidential settlement was entered by the U. S. District Court on September 17, 2012.

The boy’s ordeal began on December 18, 2008, when an urologist performed surgery on the boy to repair his hernia. Shortly after his discharge from the hospital four days after the surgery, the boy developed a blockage in his catheter. About two weeks later, an x-ray determined that urine was leaking from the boy’s bladder. A week after that, the urologist prescribed an antibiotic, Bactrim, for the boy’s urinary tract infection. The urinalysis ordered by the urologist found the serious and potentially fatal bacteria, Pseudomonas, in the boy’s urine. The recommendation from the lab report was that several medications be employed but the urologist kept the boy only on Bactrim.

The boy developed abdominal pain and vomiting at home. The boy’s mother called the urologist about these symptoms. The urologist told the mother that the boy probably had a stomach flu and told her not to bring her child to his office, purportedly because he did not want his other patients exposed to the stomach flu. The uncontrolled Pseudomonas that was improperly treated led to severe kidney infection that caused the boy’s death on February 11, 2009.

The medical malpractice case filed by the boy’s parents alleged that the urologist cut the boy’s bladder twice during the hernia surgery and that the urologist inserted a catheter that was too small, which led to the blockage in the catheter. The medical malpractice lawsuit further alleged that the urologist committed medical malpractice when he cut the boy’s bladder during surgery and failed to diagnose the error, that he was negligent by failing to place the boy on the recommended medications after Pseudomonas were found in the boy’s urine, and that he was medically negligent by diagnosing the boy’s stomach flu over the telephone without having the boy brought to his office or sent to an emergency room.

The urologist denied any wrongdoing or that he had committed medical malpractice when he agreed to settle the parents’ medical malpractice claim for the loss of their son.

Source: The Daily Record, September 24, 2012

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