Suit Against Abington Surgical Center For Death of 17-Year Old Girl Settles
A lawsuit filed by the family of a 17-year-old girl who died after a tonsillectomy has been settled. The young woman, Mariah Edwards, underwent the routine procedure at Abington Surgical Center in Montgomery County on March 20, 2012. According to a report by The Legal Intelligencer, which cited court documents, the girl went into respiratory distress while recovering from surgery. The family alleged she was not being monitored by a nurse and the monitoring equipment was either not functioning or was not properly set up.
According to the family’s suit, by the time young woman’s respiratory distress was noticed she had no pulse. She died 15 days later. The suit was settled for the surgery center’s insurance limits of $6 million.
While the suit shows that significant money can be recovered in such a case in a conservative venue such as Montgomery County, no amount of money will bring this young woman back to life. Of significant importance is that as a result of this accident and the lawsuit, several changes have been made at the surgical center to prevent future accidents. This includes having one nurse per patient for patients recovering from surgery after being given powerful narcotics, preventing nurses from being able to mute monitors, and requiring nurses to have a clear line of sight of their patient.