Indiana woman awarded $14M in suit that alleges weight loss surgery left her with brain injuries

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MERRIVILLE, Ind. -- A Northwest Indiana woman will receive a total of more than $14 million dollars for a botched weight loss surgery that left her with severe brain injuries.

After a two week trial and three hours of deliberation, a federal jury in Chicago found two surgeons guilty of negligence and liable for $9.4 million, Wednesday night.

Jeffrey Rosen and Allen Mikhail of Lifeweigh Bariatrics made medical mistakes before, during, and after Kathryn Parker's 2010 gastric bypass surgery, including giving her the wrong medication, said Parker's attorney, Kenneth J. Allen.

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove settled with Parker for $5 million, before the trial.

Advocate released a statement tonight saying, "While we cannot comment on this case, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family. We remain committed to providing the safest and highest quality care to every patient."

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  • John H Olsen

    Advocate once had a “risk management” with Humana. Accordingly they functioned like a HMO. They never let the welfare of my parents get in the way of their bottom line. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gave them its blessing when they circumvented the CMS regulations that had been established to protect beneficiaries from being wrongfully denied needed health care procedures.