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Kuttner v. Hutchinson – 3-year-old Dies During Routine Tonsillectomy
A three-year-old boy went to the hospital to have his tonsils removed in January 2001. The doctor performed an adenotonsillectomy however, instead of removing all the tissue that was cut, two large chunks of tissue were not removed from the boy’s throat and partially blocked his airway. Then, in violation of the most basic rules of anesthesia, the nurse anesthetist pulled out the tube that was delivering his oxygen. The lack of oxygen caused the young boy’s heart to stop. Meshbesher & Spence represented the boy’s family in this wrongful death case, which resulted in a significant verdict for his grieving family.
Verdict: $1.8 million