Medical Malpractice Trial Starts Regarding Woman’s Death Following Biopsy

Lawsuit claims risky biopsy caused woman's deathThe medical malpractice trial against a doctor whose patient died following a lymph node biopsy has recently began.

The plaintiff’s medical malpractice attorney claimed that Cecille Vida had a biopsy performed on a lymph node in her lungs by defendant Dr. Margaret Engel of Bayonne Medical Center. Prior to the biopsy, Vida had reportedly been complaining of shortness of breath, and a scan of her lungs to determine the cause of her breathing problems revealed enlarged lymph nodes, NJ.com reports.

A lymph node biopsy was then allegedly performed by Engel. Court documents claim that Vida’s oxygen level fell during the procedure, and she remained on a ventilator until her death five days later.

The medical malpractice lawsuit, filed on behalf of Vida’s husband, claims that Vida had high blood pressure in the lungs, a condition that increased her chances of death due to the procedure Engel performed. According to the news source, the suit further claims that Engels was negligent in not pursuing less risky tests before resorting to a biopsy.

The medical malpractice lawsuit originally named six doctors as defendants. The plaintiff has already settled with five of them.