Cardiothoracic Surgery Expert Opines In Case Of Punctured Heart

Medical_18063In October 2008, the family of the late Laura Sebile filed suit against Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital, TX, two doctors and an anesthesiologist, alleging her death was caused by their negligence.  Court papers show that Laura was discharged even though a chest X-ray found evidence suggesting congestive heart failure.  To substantiate their claims, the plaintiffs attached the expert opinion of Dr. Shabir Bhimji, a cardiothoracic surgeon.  Under Texas law, plaintiffs are required to submit a medical expert witness report when filing a medical malpractice claim.

Dr. Arfeen Qamar referred Laura Sebile to surgeon Dr. Fallon Gordon, and she was immediately booked for a biopsy of her lymph nodes on Oct. 25, 2006.  Neither doctor considered that congestive heart failure may have been the possible reason for Laura Sebile’s problems, court papers show.  Gordon, who had ordered the anesthesiologist, also failed to perform necessary tests, the suit states.  During the “unnecessary” and “risky” procedure, Gordon punctured Laura’s heart.

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