Kaiser Botched Gall Bladder Removal, Grieving Mom Claims
8-2-2014 03:17:00

PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - A woman died after a botched gall bladder removal, her grieving mother claims in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

     Jessica McGlasson sued Kaiser Permanente and George Richard Oh, M.D., as personal representative of the estate of Dee Ann Desimini for wrongful death and medical negligence.

     According to McGlasson’s complaint, Dr. Oh did a laparscopic gall bladder removal and an “incidental appendectomy,” on Desimini in July of 2011. Desimini was sent home later that evening, according to the complaint.

     Three days later, she was admitted to non-party Providence St. Vincent Hospital with “increased breathing difficulty, low blood pressure, evidence of bowel obstruction, elevated white blood count,” and other symptoms of a serious illness.

     Desimini was admitted to intensive care and given many tests to determine the cause, but she died the next day. “The cause of her death was septic shock with multi-organ failure secondary to intra-abdominal infection and necrotizing fasciitis in the right flank, along with a bile leak from the cystic duct stump,” the complaint states.

     According to the medical information website WebMD.com, necrotizing fasciitis, sometimes known as “flesh-eating bacteria,” can spread quickly and be life-threatening.

     McGlasson says Kaiser and Dr. Oh were negligent in not checking to make sure there was no bile leakage after Desimini’s gall bladder removal and causing the fatal sepsis by injuring her intestines during the surgery.

     Jessica McGlasson seeks burial costs, medical costs, loss of Desimini’s income, care and companionship, and pain and suffering. She is represented by Jess M. Glaeser of Portland.