A common gynecological procedure turned into a life-altering nightmare for Long Island resident Stacey Gallette. A simple operation to remove an ectopic pregnancy resulted in the young mother losing both her legs, and now she is seeking compensation for her unimaginable loss.
Gallette, 33, nearly died of blood poisoning and gangrene after a surgeon at Winthrop University Hospital on Long Island punctured her colon during the laparoscopic removal of an ectopic pregnancy. She went into cardiac arrest three times during the 73 days she spent in the intensive care unit (ICU). She also required a colostomy and skin grafts, and lost part of her hearing due to powerful antibiotics she was given to fight a raging infection that threatened to take over her body, according to the New York Daily News.
Both of her legs had to be amputated below the knee due to this infection, the Daily News reported.
Gallette’s multimillion-dollar lawsuit made it to the Brooklyn Supreme Court, where lawyers for Winthrop University Hospital argued that its staff’s care and medical expertise saved Gallette’s life, and that none of the treatment she received was negligent.
According to the complaint, Gallette’s health problems and the amputation could have been prevented if her surgeons had only realized during the initial surgery that her colon had been punctured.
The trial is expected to take four to six weeks, according to the Daily News.