A child who suffered a brain injury following surgery for sleep apnea was awarded $1.1 million by a Pennsylvania jury.
Keonte Graham’s surgery was carried out in 2007 when he was 11 months old for sleep apnea—a condition that interferes with breathing during sleep, according to The Patriot News. His doctor recommended surgery to remove his adenoids and tonsils and to insert ear tubes.
The medical malpractice lawsuit states that Graham already had a high risk for surgical complications because of his medical history and that he had to remain in the recovery room for five hours after surgery because he had low oxygen in his blood. The complaint also states that the doctor failed to conduct proper physical exams after the operation and allowed Graham to be placed on a regular-floor room instead of in intensive care, according to The Patriot News. The suit further says the doctor failed to order that Graham be monitored for the level of oxygen in his blood.
The complaint says Graham had to be revived after he was found without a pulse and not breathing, which caused his brain injury.
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