Woman Loses Hands and Feet After Routine Surgery Goes Horribly Wrong
Lisa Maria Carter once spent her days working as an intelligence analyst for the Department of Defense. She led a fulfilling life until a routine surgery went horribly wrong. Now Carter is living in a nursery home, receiving round the clock care. She has to be spoon fed at every meal and is on a long list of medications. Her life has drastically changed and she is seeking justice with a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor who is responsible for her sudden injuries.
Carter first visited Dr. Larry Glazermen in November of 2010. She was facing an upcoming deployment to Iraq and needed to have an ovarian cyst removed before she left the country. When she went in for the operation, she never expected that she would lose her hands and feet. According to her lawsuit, Dr. Glazerman made a mistake during the surgery, slicing through her small bowel. Even worse, he did not realize what had happened and it caused a severe infection. In order to save her life, doctors had to amputate her lower legs, feet, and hands.
During a court appearance in February, Glazerman died any wrong doing. “I could not imagine how that scenario could have possibly happened,” he said. The doctor believes that the small bowel could have been injured in some way and then ruptured. However, he believes if he had accidentally sliced the bowel, it would have been evident in the follow-up surgeries from other doctors. “If that had really happened, when Dr. Holtz went back and removed this piece of bowel, there would be two holes in it; a hole here and a hole there, and there weren’t. There was one hole,” he told the court.
Carter’s attorneys are working to prove Glazerman’s analysis wrong and they are pursuing millions of dollars in damages to cover the massive medical expenses that Carter has already accrued and will need for future care.
Jurors in the case have found themselves in a crash course in surgery and biology, learning the navigate facts about the intestinal track to try to discern who was really at fault in the situation. Christopher Ligori, a personal injury attorney in Tampa, said that the case is really shocking. “No one would ever expect to go in for a routine procedure like this and wind up losing their hands and feet. This has to be a devastating time for Mrs. Carter and her family and she certainly deserves to seek justice from the doctor who caused her injuries.”
Carter is doing her best to cope with the unexpected tragedy. At only 46-years-old, she is living in a nursing home full-time and unable to work or even provide the simplest level of self-care. Her attorneys told the press that she will need “highly skilled medical personnel 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the rest of her life.”
Prior to this incident, Glazerman had no complaints against him according to the Board of Medicine. He specialized in gynecologic surgery through minimally invasive procedures and served as director of the gynecology surgery program at the University of South Florida.