When Kentucky resident Sophia Savage was admitted to the Three Rivers Medical Center facility for a hysterectomy in 2001, she had no idea that her medical problems would worsen as a result of the procedure she was about to undergo. However, due to a medical mishap that left a surgical sponge in her abdomen after the procedure was over, that’s exactly what happened. Fours year later, ongoing complaints of abdominal pain led to a series of x-rays, which revealed that a surgical sponge that had been left behind had fused with her lower intestines. Surgeons were forced to remove nearly 50 centimeters of her small intestine to resolve the problem, although Savage still experiences ongoing gastrointestinal distress related to the incident. A jury awarded her $1.9 million for past and future pain and suffering, as well as $65,968 for medical expenses. Savage’s husband was awarded $500,000 for loss of consortium.
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