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Suit Filed Over Mother’s Death After C-Section

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The family of a woman who died two weeks after giving birth by cesarean section filed a lawsuit alleging a nurse contributed to the death by not scheduling a doctor’s appointment the day she reported symptoms of an infection.

Diana Molina died on July 30, 2010, just hours before her scheduled appointment with an ABQ Health Partners doctor, according to a lawsuit filed in state District Court in Santa Fe.

An autopsy performed by the Office of the Medical Investigator found bacterial infection in Molina’s incision and that her death was caused by sepsis following cesarean section, the lawsuit said.

Molina gave birth to a healthy son by C-section on July 16, 2010, at Lovelace Women’s Hospital in Albuquerque.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of Molina’s son and others. The only defendant named in the lawsuit is Linda Platt, a registered nurse employed by ABQ Health Partners, an independent physicians’ group.

Debra Hammer, a spokeswoman for ABQ Health Partners, declined to comment and said that ABQ Health Partners officials were not aware of the lawsuit. Messages left for Platt this week were not returned.

The lawsuit alleges that Molina called Platt on July 28, 2010, and reported that her incision was painful, red and had a foul-smelling discharge. Platt allegedly told Molina to clean the wound with peroxide and water.

Molina called Platt a second time the day before her death and reported similar symptoms, the lawsuit contends. Platt scheduled Molina for a doctor’s appointment the following day and again told her to clean the wound with peroxide and water, it alleges.

The lawsuit contends that Platt “was obligated by the standard of care” to instruct Molina to come to the doctor’s office immediately to have the wound inspected the day she first reported the symptoms.
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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