$38.6M Verdict For Death From Fatal Injury During Heart Transplant Surgery

Trevon lost two-thirds of the blood that was in his body, quickly. He left the operating room on life support, and he remained on life support for six weeks until he passed away on Christmas Day…medicalmalpracticelawyers.com, $38.6M Georgia Medical Malpractice Verdict For Death Of Son From Fatal Injury During Heart Transplant Surgery, Nov 2023


In 2016, the patient’s doctors discovered that he had been living with a dormant virus that had attacked his heart to the point where he needed a heart transplant. According to the Georgia medical malpractice lawsuit, the standard of care required that a chest CT scan be performed prior to the transplant surgery to investigate any scar tissue or particles from the heart pump he used due to congestive heart failure. According to the plaintiff’s expert, if a CT scan had been performed, it would have found that a critical structure in his chest was stuck to the back of his chest. Medical experts stated that had the issue been discovered before surgery, the patient would not have died.


The defense argued that the standard of care did not require a pre-operative chest CT-scan. Emory Healthcare issued the following statement after the verdict: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. We will continue our mission of providing high-quality, compassionate care to all patients who come to our facilities. We appreciate the dedication and commitment of our many care teams across our health system.”


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