This case involves a six-year-old child who underwent a tonsillectomy procedure that was performed in two areas. There was some evidence that the surgeon cut too deeply into the anatomy of the jaw bone which resulted in significant, postoperative bleeding. The child was sent home with an active uncontrolled bleed. Several hours after being discharged, the child’s parents noticed that the condition became worse and took the child back to the emergency room. Upon admission, the child was noted to be pale and displayed shallow breathing. No intervention was attempted for four hours, and the child was transferred to a pediatric ER. The child continued to pool blood into sponge gauze pads and a bedpan until he loss consciousness. A decision was made to perform emergency surgery, but the child had already developed significant brain damage due to excessive blood loss and prolonged hypotension.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
- What are the recognized complications of this procedure and how often are fatalities a result of hemorrhage?