Woman Claims Botched Colonoscopy Caused Sepsis, Organ Failure

Woman Claims Botched Colonoscopy Caused Sepsis, Organ FailureA Virginia woman who claims she still has ongoing medical problems as a result of a botched colonoscopy in 2009 has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor who performed the procedure and his employer.

Stephanie Boehmler, 29, said she visited defendant Dr. Richard John Sears for treatment of persistent diarrhea, and he performed a colonoscopy despite knowing that Boehmler was experiencing abdominal pain and without investigating this pain's cause, according to Northern Virginia Daily. He aborted this procedure after beginning it because of fears he had perforated her colon, and admitted her into the intensive care unit. He then performed a second procedure which did perforate her colon and led to sepsis, the medical malpractice lawsuit states.

The perforation caused the plaintiff to develop sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome and multi-organ failure that led to bleeding in the brain that required the removal of part of her skull to treat, the suit says. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, sepsis describes inflammation throughout the body beyond the initial infection site. This life-threatening condition can cause multiple organ failure by creating blood clots that interfere with organs' ability to get oxygen, causing them to fail.