Elderly Woman Dies From Post-Surgical Infection, Family Claims
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (CN) – A grieving family claims an elderly woman died after getting an infection after surgery, in Prince George’s County Circuit Court.
Sandra Arlene Rhynes, John Philip Crowley, Loreen Inez Kirby, and William Frank McGuigan sued Woodbine Convalescent & Nursing Care LLC aka Woodbine Rehabilitation & Healthcare, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, and Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group on behalf of Bessie McGuigan, who was 87 years old when she died.
Bessie was initially hospitalized in mid-February 2014 after she fell and broke her leg at her house. After having surgery, she was transferred to Woodbine and was supposed to see an orthopedic surgeon within 10 to 12 days.
But after she arrived at Woodbine, her treating physician, Dr. Pfister, never scheduled the appointment. Pfister also did not properly evaluate or treat the surgical wound on Bessie’s lower right leg, which was covered by a splint, according to the complaint.
About a month after Bessie was admitted, nurses noticed a “foul smell” in her room and, upon inspection, realized it was coming from her leg where the skin had died and was breaking down. Though she was rushed to another Kaiser hospital and underwent surgery to save her limb, the wound had become fatally infected, and she died five months later, the complaint states.
The family seeks $30,000 for wrongful death, plus court costs and attorney’s fees.
They are represented by Paul Turkheimer with Meyers, Rodbell and Rosenbaum.