Coney Island Man Experiences Wrongful Leg Amputation

Posted on Jul 22, 2016

doctors preforming surgeryDelfino Cuautle, a father of four, was hit by a car at 6 a.m. on September morning in 2015 after getting off work. He was rushed to Coney Island Hospital where a CT scan showed he needed emergency vascular surgery. His leg had been brutally injured in the crash and he needed an emergency operation. There was no vascular surgeon at Coney Island Hospital, so the doctors called Kings County Hospital's emergency line. The people managing the emergency line were supposed to pick up the phone after three rings, but there was no answer.

After 2 p.m., Cuautle was transferred to Kings County Hospital; (even though hospital transfers are supposed to be done within thirty minutes). Coney Island Hospital forgot to send his CT scan to Kings County Hospital, so Cuautle had to undergo another CT scan, which delayed his necessary emergency treatment by three hours.

By 7 p.m., he was finally admitted into surgery, but it was too late to save his leg and it had to be amputated.

The lawsuit recently came to an end resulting in several charges against Coney Island Hospital and a $24 million verdict for Delfino Cuautle.

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