Having one's tonsils out is one of the most common surgeries for Houston residents. But, all surgeries carry risk including serious injury, and a family is grieving the loss of their 9-year-old daughter after she died from a tonsillectomy.
A family is reeling after a routine surgery on their daughter went terribly wrong. In early December, the girl underwent a tonsillectomy because of her sleep apnea. The girl's surgery lasted more than two hours and she appeared to be groggy after the surgery ended. When the girl was discharged from the hospital, her mom drove to a few pharmacies trying to get a prescription for oxycodone filled. While at one of the pharmacies, the mom checked out her daughter in the back seat and noticed she was unresponsive. An autopsy is pending, but her death may be a reaction to anesthesia, a blocked airway or a heart condition.
No matter how common a surgery is, risks are always present. There are many different ways a surgery can go wrong. A surgeon can operate on the wrong site, surgical equipment can be left inside a patient, a patient can suffer from a serious post-surgical infection, there can be a burn injury or there can be a serious reaction to anesthesia. If a patient believes they have suffered from an unexpected surgical error, they may want to speak with medical malpractice attorney. An attorney can help the family seek the answers they deserve as to what happened to their loved one. Compensation may be pursued for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.
Even the most routine surgery can go horribly wrong. Families who are wrongly affected by a surgical error have legal rights to hold medical professionals accountable for their mistakes.
Source: nydailynews.com, "9-year-old Detroit girl dies hours after routine tonsillectomy", Megan Cerullo, Jan. 8, 2017