The husband of a woman who died in June 2012 has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a former physician for failing to monitor or perform testing on a known liver lesion from 2008 through May 2011.
The deceased was originally referred to the Defendant physician in 2005 after the liver lesion was discovered during an evaluation for a blood disordered. After a few tests were performed, the physician recommended “watchful waiting” and planned to do additional tests sometime the following year. After failing to perform follow-up tests, the lesion ultimately became a malignant tumor that grew to the size of a grapefruit. It was eventually diagnosed in 2011 at the Mayo Clinic.
Sadly, chemotherapy failed, and the cancer spread to other organs causing her eventual death in 2012.
It is hard to speak to the merits of this case. Because a suit has been filed does not mean the medical center is responsible. I have no idea if the defendant is liable. But it a mistake was made, it makes a tragedy even more tragic, at least in a sense, because proper followup might have saved her life.