Woman sues N.Y. hospital for botched care

Nov. 19, 2010 at 1:00 PM
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NEW YORK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A New York woman who lost both her legs to gangrene infection following minor surgery is suing a Long Island hospital, officials said.

Stacy Galette, 30, of Brooklyn, is suing Winthrop University Hospital, claiming doctors botched the simple operation and left her a double amputee, the New York Daily News reported Friday.

Galette, a medical technician, claims doctors punctured her intestine during the procedure and triggered an infection, blood poisoning and gangrene in her lower legs.

"With the gangrene, they had to amputate," Galette said.

She has not been able to work and is now on "total disability," she said.

"I have prosthetics, and I'm just starting to walk. It's very painful, but I'm trying. It's very hard," Galette said.

Surgeons Paul Byrne and Frederic Moon, who initially treated Galette, were among doctors and other medical personnel named in the medical malpractice suit seeking unspecified damages.

"As a matter of hospital policy, we don't comment on pending litigation," said hospital spokesman John Broder.

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