A 59-year-old Baltimore woman is suing a Johns Hopkins hospital for allegedly misdiagnosing her, and amputating her arms and legs as a result, the Daily Record reported.
Joyce E. Ferguson’s lawsuit argues that doctors at Howard County General ordered the amputations following three emergency rooms during which she complained about pelvic pain measuring “10-out-of-10 on the pain scale.” The first two times, the suit states, she was sent home without an explanation for the source of the pain.
According to the Associated Press, Ferguson was about to be discharged again on March 6, 2012, when she was found “lying on a stretcher, incoherent and cold to the touch.”
Doctors at Howard County, which is part of Johns Hopkins Health System, subsquently diagonosed Ferguson with “sepsis resulting in multi-organ failure,” resulting from what they called “degrading uterine tissue.”
But according to Ferguson’s lawsuit, they failed to explain “the abnormal finding of a large fluid collection” that was spotted by her gynecologist and spotted in hospital ultrasounds.
While Ferguson recovered from the sepsis and organ failure, the lawsuit said, she developed gangrene from a lack of blood flow to her extremities, leading to her arms being amputated below the elbow and her legs being amputated above the knee.
“In our view, this case is an example of a tragedy – with a capital T – that was entirely avoidable,” one of her attorneys, Howard Janet, said.
Howard County is one of five hospitals operating under the Johns Hopkins banner in Baltimore and Washington D.C., as well as several outpatient facilities in the area and a children’s healthcare facility in St. Petersburg, Florida.