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Wrongful Death During Cardiopulmonary Bypass for Mitral Valve Surgery

Multimillion Dollar Recovery for Death of a Man Who Suffered Severe Brain Damage During Cardiopulmonary Bypass for Mitral Valve Surgery - This previously healthy unmarried, 34-year-old man went into the hospital for mitral valve repair. Most mitral valve surgeries require that the patient go on cardiopulmonary bypass, using a heart-lung machine so the heart can be stopped and safely operated on. This procedure essentially involves shutting down the heart and diverting the blood circulation to a machine which infuses the blood with oxygen (just as our lungs would do) and then pumps it to the body (Just as the heart would do) beyond the location of the surgery. Safe and effective performance of cardiopulmonary bypass requires constant communication and coordination between the surgeon, the anesthesiologist and the perfusionist who runs the heart bypass machine. In this case, the mitral valve surgery itself was successful but, sadly, the patient did not wake up after surgery. A CT scan of the brain done the following day showed that the patient had suffered significant brain damage during the surgery, and as a result he died three days later.

After consultation with a team of experts including cardiothoracic surgeons, anesthesiologists, and perfusionists, we were able to present a successful claim on behalf of the young man's parents. The claim included economic loss since the man was employed as a service technician for a security company, and it also included the parents' loss of the relationship with their son.

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