Bloodclot Nearly Kills Patient After Misdiagnosis, She Claims
PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) – A woman claims she almost died because Kaiser delayed diagnosing her deep vein thrombosis, in a $4 million medical malpractice case filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
Roya Renee Ghorbani-Elezeh sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, and Northwest Permanente.
Ghorbani-Elezeh went to Kaiser on Feb. 3, 2017, complaining of persistent pain in her left ankle. Though she has a sedentary job and had not changed her activities, the doctor diagnosed her with a contusion, or bruised muscle, and told her to ice it and keep it elevated, according to the complaint.
But the pain kept getting worse, and the swelling and feeling of tightness migrated up to her shins. Though she sent pictures of her ankle to the doctor and talked to Kaiser on the phone, they advised her to use crutches instead of having her come in for diagnostic tests, the complaint states.
About a week later, Ghorbani-Elezeh passed out while she was at home with her husband and was rushed by ambulance to the hospital, it continues.
“Plaintiff’s breathing stopped during transport and on four occasions in the emergency room her heart stopped,” the complaint states.
At the hospital, Ghorbani-Elezeh was diagnosed with a massive blood clot and admitted to the ICU. Sometime after she was transferred to the Rehabilitaiton Institute of Oregon, she was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis, a condition in which a blood clot forms in the veins of the leg.
Ghorbani-Elezeh claims that, given her symptoms, Kaiser should have done more to determine if she was suffering from deep vein thrombosis, such as performing an ultrasound, taking blood tests, or doing diagnostic screening.
Thanks to Kaiser, Ghorbani-Elezeh says, she suffered permanent heart damage and now has anxiety, depression, and PTSD from her close call with death.
She seeks $4 million in non-economic damages and $791,000 in economic damages for loss of earning capacity and continuing medical expenses, such as having to use prescription blood thinners for the rest of her life.
Ghorbani-Elezeh is represented by James Huegli.