Sunday, September 18, 2011

Lawsuits VAMC: $17.5M for ex-Marine for stroke after VA surgery

An ex-Marine disabled from a stroke that followed dental surgery at a Veterans Administration Medical Center in Philadelphia has been awarded $17.5 million.

Lawyers for 53-year-old Christopher Ellison say his blood pressure dropped sharply several times while having eight teeth removed in 2007.

A federal judge Wednesday found Dr. Mark Abel negligent in not stopping the surgery.

Ellison suffered a stroke and crashed his car as he drove home alone. He did not get to a hospital in time for post-stroke therapy, which sometimes prevents permanent damage.

Ellison has serious brain damage and needs full-time care at his Bridgeport home.
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