Mark’s office was able to help the family of a 32-year-old mother of three in a case against a surgeon and a hospital. In this case the plaintiff went to the emergency room complaining of severe abdominal pain. She was diagnosed with food poisoning and sent home. Two days later she returned and exploratory surgery was performed. A blood clot was found on an artery in the bowel, requiring that the patient have her bowel resectioned, and an ileostomy performed (a procedure to attach a temporary device which allows waste to bypass the reconstructed part of the bowel while it heals). The next day another surgery was performed, the ileostomy removed, and the bowel reconnected. The patient remained hospitalized and required two additional surgeries for bowel obstruction. The patient died about eight weeks after surgery. The plaintiff’s husband contended that she should have been admitted the first time she went to the emergency room and that the ileostomy was removed prematurely. The case was settled prior to jury selection.