Epic Result for a Washington Woman Left Speechless Following Surgery
In February 2013 55-year old Becky Anderson went in to Central Washington hospital for surgery to remove polyps from her vocal chords. What happened during the surgery is a shocking case of medical malpractice that left Becky in hospital for over a month, needing assistance to breathe and rendering her unable to speak.
A fire lit up in the breathing tube in Becky’s throat that was being used in her operation. Her injuries were so severe that she had to be flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where she went through multiple surgeries and a bout of intensive care. Now a King County Superior Court jury has awarded Becky a total of $30 million dollars for her damages. Central Washington Hospital, Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and Wenatchee Anesthesia Associates were all ordered to pay compensation totaling this monumental amount – the largest ever awarded against the hospital or medical center.
Now part of the Confluence Health Center, the hospital design systems and processes were blamed for the mishap. CEO of Confluence Health has come forward to apologize profusely to Becky Anderson and her family for the distressed caused, saying he wanted to give his “incredible and heartfelt sorrow” for what happened.
Now the hospital is focusing on ensuring something like this does not happen again, encouraging staff to immediately report any concerns they have over patient’s safety or quality of care. They have also been engaging in training sessions that promote teamwork across all 16 of the hospital’s operating theaters. While it may be too late for Becky and her family, this positive ending to the case has at least brought the inadequacies of the hospital to justice and forced them to make changes to their system.
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