After an elderly woman was admitted into a local South Florida hospital for a routine procedure to check for internal bleeding last August, a bizarre series of events would leave the woman dead and her family struggling to find answers.
The then 89 year old woman, a resident of Coconut Creek, was admitted to Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale in order to undergo a routine surgical procedure to check for internal bleeding. But as surgeons operated on her something went terribly wrong. According to a lawsuit which was filed by the woman’s family, excessive oxygen present in the operating room was ignited by electrical currents, causing an explosion which set the woman ablaze.
A code blue was called, and the woman was transported to the Ryder Trauma Center at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital. The devastating incident left the victim with burns over 25 percent of her body, including to her throat area. After a 140 day struggle against her injuries, the woman finally lost her battle and died at age 90 on January 23, 2014.
In the suit, the woman’s family has named Holy Cross Hospital, American Anesthesiology of Florida, and various doctors connected to the incident.
A statement from Holy Cross seemed acknowledged the incident, and in part said:
“We have served this community with our faith-based ministry for nearly 60 years and treat every patient with reverence. This was an isolated incident and patient safety is a top priority. Due to patient privacy laws, we cannot discuss this specific patient or the details of her care.”