Brooklyn Woman Files Medical Malpractice Lawsuit over Double Amputation

Brooklyn woman files lawsuit over amputationA Brooklyn woman has recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York, claiming that a botched gynecological examination resulted in both of her legs being amputated below the knee.

Stacey Galette claims that she underwent a gynecological procedure at the hospital in 2009, NBC New York reports. Shortly after, Galette's lawsuit claims, she fell into a coma for three weeks and woke up to find her legs amputated below the knee.

Galette's medical malpractice attorney claims that during the gynecological procedure, hospital staff punctured Galette's intestine, allegedly resulting in blood poisoning and infection. Gangrene allegedly set in, causing both of Galette's legs to need to be amputated, according to the news source.

"She'll spend the rest of her life with below-the-knee double amputations for the rest of her life because of medical malpractice," her medical malpractice attorney said.

Galette, who currently uses prosthetics for mobility, is seeking unspecified damages.

According to the Mayo Clinic, gangrene refers to the decay of tissue that have lost blood flow for a prolonged period of time. It is most likely to affect the extremities.