New Mexico Woman Awarded $9 Million From Three Doctors Over Undiagnosed Heart Attack

New Mexico Woman Awarded $9 Million From Three Doctors Over Undiagnosed Heart AttackA jury in New Mexico has recently awarded a woman $9 million from three doctors who allegedly failed to diagnose her heart attack.

Bryanna Baker's medical malpractice attorney said that the law caps the damages Baker can receive at $1.8 million, but that she plans to challenge the constitutionality of this limitation, according to The Associated Press.

The jury found physicians Misbah Zmily, Lee Caruana and Stephanie Hedstrom negligent in caring for Baker in November 2006, when she experienced the heart attack. Zmily, an emergency room doctor, was accused of abandoning Baker to treat other patients with less severe symptoms than Baker's alleged crushing chest pain. Hedstrom allegedly should have done more to alert Baker to an abnormal lab result that occurred one year before her heart attack, and Caruana, who referred Baker to a specialist, failed to act when he saw the abnormal result, the medical malpractice lawsuit claimed.

Baker alleged that as a result of negligence on the part of these three doctors, her heart attack was not diagnosed for more than a day, and her heart was so severely damaged that the 29-year-old will likely need a transplant.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 785,000 Americans have their first heart attack every year.