Iowa to Pay Girl After Hospital Error Resulted in Amputation of Leg


The Des Moines Register reports that the state of Iowa has settled a lawsuit filed against the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after a young girl went to the hospital in 2007 for a stomach surgery, and had to have her leg amputated after she developed compartment syndrome.
The state will pay $875,000 to the now 16-year-old girl who had her right leg amputated and her left leg now suffers a permanent foot drop. The suit alleged that the girl’s legs were elevated for over 10 hours causing increased pressure to build in her leg muscle compartments leading to muscle and nerve damage.
The hospital is overseen by the Iowa Board of Regents and the State Appeals Board had to approve the settlement.


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