Connecticut hospital to appeal $12.5M verdict to family of patient who died after orthopedic surgery

Carly Behm -  

A jury awarded $12.5 million to the family of a man who died after having thigh surgery in 2015, the Connecticut Post reported April 27.

Keith Gilmore was admitted to Stamford (Conn.) Hospital for a ​​quadriceps tendon rupture repair. Three weeks later, he died at 63 from a pulmonary embolism.

A lawsuit alleged Mr. Gilmore was at high risk for developing a postoperative deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism and as a result should have had a blood thinner, the report said. He developed a blood clot in his leg that traveled to his lung, causing his death.

The six-person jury found orthopedic surgeon Edward Feliciano, MD, deviated from "acceptable standards of care," the report said.

On April 28, Stamford Hospital officials said they plan to appeal the verdict, according to the Connecticut Post. 

"We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the Gilmore family," hospital officials said in a statement to the Connecticut Post. "We are disappointed with the jury’s verdict, which we believe is inconsistent with the evidence. We believe that there is no basis for any claim that Dr. Edward Feliciano did not provide appropriate care and we will vigorously pursue an appeal."

Note: This article was updated April 28 to include information about the hospital's response.

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