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Brooklyn Mom awarded $62 million after botched hospital procedure

Stacey Galette and daughter
Stacey Galette and daughterPhoto courtesy of NBC News

33-year-old Stacey Galette sued Winthrop University Hospital for causing her to lose her legs and her hearing during a minor procedure gone wrong, the NY Daily News reported on May 12. Galette won $62 million in her malpractice suit against the Long Island hospital.

Galette went to Winthrop University Hospital in 2009 for a laparoscopic removal of an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy happens when an embryo implants outside of the uterus. Ectopic pregnancies can be fatal as if they are left untreated can cause internal hemorrhage.

During Galette’s procedure her colon was punctured causing massive infection in her body. Her heart stopped multiple times and developed gangrene, resulting in a double amputation. She also began to suffer hearing loss after her procedure.

The young mother’s story first went public in 2010 when she shared her story with CBS New York. Galete and her attorney Sanford Rubenstein shared with reporters their plans to sue the hospital.

In January a jury voted in favor of Galette finding three doctors at fault for her botched treatment. The attorneys for the doctors filed a motion for a new trial citing the verdict was contrary to the evidence. The presiding judge disagreed with the motion and ruled in favor of Galette awarding her $62 million.

“The jury’s verdict is supported by the evidence, both with respect to defendant’s liability and with respect to (Galette’s) devastating physical injuries and her economic damages,” Supreme Court Justice Ann Pfau stated.

Galette shared her current struggles with the Daily News stating that her life was hard and was not progressing in a positive direction but was deteriorating. Galette shared that she misses the little things she was able to do before her encounter with the hospital. She expressed that she can no longer take walks or style her daughter’s hair.

Galette was unable to continue work as a medical technician after losing her legs. Following the loss of her legs she was also going through a divorce.