Dallas County (Tex) District Court
While a woman was undergoing a cesarean section, the surgical drape caught on fire as the surgeon used a Bovie cautery unit. To control bleeding the surgeon removed the right fallopian tube and ovary.
In suing, the woman asserted she had burn injuries due to the fire and that removal of the fallopian tube and ovary was unnecessary.
The defense alleged that the surgeon had no role in causing the fire and that removal of the fallopian tube and ovary was necessary to control bleeding and ensure hemostasis.
- The hospital settled for an undisclosed amount prior to the jury returning a verdict in favor of the physician.