A Tazewell County jury awarded a $5,008,921.72 plaintiff’s verdict to the estate a 36-year-old woman who bled to death during a DaVinci robotic hysterectomy procedure at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois. The gynecologist, Dr. David Kindred, accidently lacerated her left iliac artery and she bled internally for approximately 2 hours before the injury was detected. Meanwhile, the anesthesia staff, which included Angela Brown, CRNA, and Dr. Eric Hawkins, failed to timely diagnose and treat the internal bleeding, despite the presence of deteriorating vital signs in the patient.
Bruce R. Pfaff and Matthew D. Ports of Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. represented the family, along with local counsel, Dick Wiliams of East Peoria. The 9-day trial took place at the Tazewell County Courthouse in Pekin before the Honorable Richard McCoy. The jury began its deliberations yesterday afternoon and reached its verdict late this morning. The previous high wrongful death verdict in Tazewell County was $960,000.