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Smyrna woman claims medical malpractice by MTMC in blood transfusion

When a 48-year-old woman from Smyrna was scheduled for a hysterectomy in April, there was a possibility she would need to receive blood during the surgery, which is true for most surgeries, so she received pre-surgery blood work to determine her blood type. During surgery, she was given two units of blood. Unfortunately, apparently due to a mistake at the hospital, that blood was the wrong type.

As a result, she suffered catastrophic injuries ranging from persistent pain and fatigue to seizures, brain lesions and kidney failure. She is now suing Middle Tennessee Medical Center, her doctor and the phlebologist (blood technician) for medical malpractice.

According to the complaint, the woman's pre-surgery blood sample was mislabeled, either with a different person's name or with the wrong blood type. Her correct blood type is Group O RH Negative, but during surgery she received Group A RH Negative blood.

The difference between the two types is substantial. You may have heard your blood type referred to as "type O" (the most common blood type), "type A," "type B," or "type AB," commonly used terms that are slightly less detailed than the medical terms. In this case, the woman alleges, the surgical team gave her type A blood when she was type O.

Because of the mistake with the blood type, she developed "several, serious, debilitating, painful and permanent injuries and complications," including renal failure, brain lesions, coagulopathy, cognitive impairments, fatigue syndrome and an uncommon form of persistent pain referred to as pain syndrome.

failure, brain lesions, coagulopathy (which could be a blood-clotting disorder or bleeding disorder), seizures, cognitive impairments and disabilities (poor mental function associated with), fatigue syndrome (state of being mentally and physically tired), and pain syndrome (uncommon form of persistent pain)

The medical malpractice lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Rutherford County Civil Court. A spokesperson for MTMC told the Daily News Journal that the hospital does not comment on pending litigation.

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