The family of a deceased 89 year-old man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against their loved one’s former heart surgeon, the hospital’s medical staff, and the hospital.
They claim the medical staff failed to count the number of sponges after the man underwent heart bypass and heart valve replacement surgery two years ago, resulting in a sponge being left in his chest. He was in the hospital for three days before it was discovered.
The elderly man later died from uncontrolled bleeding during the second surgery to retrieve the sponge. His doctor and the hospital’s medical staff claim their actions did not result in his death, but rather his preexisting heart conditions.