A physician at Heart of Texas Community Health Center, a federally funded health care facility in Waco, Texas, failed to properly diagnose and treat a postpartum infection and serious inflammation of the myometrium. Two weeks after giving birth by cesarean section, our client went to the Heart of Texas clinic with complaints of dry cough, sore throat, headache, and fever. At the time, there were several children at home with the same complaints. Notably, she was also complaining of severe abdominal pain on the right side of her abdominal incision. The physician failed to perform a full exam, including failing to order a complete blood count to rule out abdominal infection as a potential source of the patient’s severe abdominal pain and other symptoms. Had he performed a complete history and physical, he would have, more likely than not, discovered signs and symptoms consistent with an abdominal infection for which intravenous antibiotic treatment and hospitalization were required. Instead, our client was sent home to die of septic shock and disseminated intravascular coagulation, a condition in which blood clots form throughout the body, blocking small blood vessels.
Two days later, our client collapsed in a parking lot. Her husband began CPR until the paramedics arrived and she was rushed to the Emergency Room, where they were unable to revive her. Her death was preventable. As a result of negligent care by the physician, our client suffered an untimely death. U.S. Government healthcare providers failed to properly investigate, recognize, and diagnose an intrauterine infection. She was a young mother who left behind three minor children, one of whom was a newborn who will never know his mother. Our clients received $424,481. Other case fees include $150,000 for attorneys’ fees and $25,518 in litigation expenses.