September 6, 2013

Mass. woman settles flesh-eating bacteria lawsuit for $9.5M

The Associated Press

LOWELL, Mass. — An Ayer woman who had all her limbs amputated after she contracted flesh-eating bacteria while giving birth at Emerson Hospital in Concord has settled a lawsuit against several doctors and nurses for $9.5 million.

Monica Sprague Jorge, 41, walking in court on two prosthetic legs, agreed to drop her medical malpractice suit in exchange for the settlement Thursday in Lowell Superior Court.

Jorge said doctors and nurses who treated her failed to monitor her and provide quick or adequate care after she gave birth by C-section in August 2007. Four doctors and five nurses, as well as an OB-GYN group, were named as defendants.

Her attorney, Clyde Bergstresser, said in the suit that the medical professionals failed to review Jorge's pertinent history, appropriately monitor and report vital signs, appropriately examine Jorge's wound, and appropriately report the seriousness of the patient's condition.

In addition to losing both legs and her arms at the elbows, Jorge says she had some internal organs removed as a result of necrotizing fasciitis, The Sun of Lowell reported.

Bergstresser said Jorge has undergone more than 40 surgeries as a result of the infection.

Lawyers for both sides refused comment.

The settlement will be used to pay medical bills, lawyers' fees, a 31-year structured settlement and two irrevocable trusts set up for Jorge's daughters, Madelyn and Sofia, to whom she was giving birth when she contracted the infection.

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