New York woman who lost both legs, hearing after gynecological procedure awarded $62 million in medical malpractice lawsuit

by Charles Miller

Stacey Galette went to Winthrop University Hospital in Long Island, New York for laparoscopic removal of an ectopic pregnancy, a pregnancy outside the womb. Tragically, she ended up losing her legs and most of her hearing.

Galette accused doctors at the Long Island hospital of puncturing her intestine during the normally routine procedure, triggering an infection that led to blood poisoning and gangrene. Doctors discharged her after the initial operation, but the next day, her stomach started to swell and she returned to the hospital. During her second visit to the hospital, she went into cardiac arrest, and had to be put in a medically induced coma for three weeks. The blood poisoning and gangrene in her lower legs led to both being amputated within days.

She filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctors. Following a jury trial, the 34 year-old Brooklyn mom has been was awarded $62 million in damages. The jury awarded Galette $20 million in damages for past pain and suffering, $38 million for future pain and suffering, and $4 million for medical expenses.

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by Charles Miller

Charles Miller is a licensed attorney and a partner at Heygood, Orr & Pearson. Charles focuses his practice on areas of complex commercial litigation and personal injury litigation.