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Winthrop Sued for $62M by Double Amputee Patient

Stacey Galette awarded amount for alleged malpractice at Mineola hospital in October 2009.

The main entrance to Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola. Photo credit: Courtesy Winthrop-University Hospital
The main entrance to Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola. Photo credit: Courtesy Winthrop-University Hospital
A Brooklyn woman was recently awarded $62 million following a lawsuit against Winthrop-University Hospital in Brooklyn Supreme Court over an alleged wrongful gynecological procedure that cost her both her legs and most of her hearing.

Stacey Galette, 34, was a patient at the Mineola hospital for laparoscopic removal of an ectopic pregnancy, or a pregnancy outside of the womb, in October 2009, when, according to the suit, doctors punctured her intestine during the routine procedure and that caused an infection followed blood poisoning and gangrene in her legs, causing severe pain and for them to be amputated three days after she was discharged.

Galette, who is a divorced mother of a 13-year old daughter, now utilizes a wheelchair and has been fitted with two prosthetic legs after the amputation.

The suit charges doctors Paul Byrne, Frederic Moon and Cynthia Fretwell with the malpractice.

“I’m just happy justice was served,” Galette said according to a report in the New York Daily news. “I’m not able to walk.”

Jurors deliberated for three days before awarding Galette $20 million for past pain and suffering, plus $38 million for future pain and suffering and an additional $4 million plus interest for her medical expenses.

Winthrop has said that they would appeal the ruling and the amount of the damages.
Geoffrey Walter (Editor) January 13, 2014 at 03:13 PM
The following comment was posted on the Mineola Patch Facebook page by MaryBeth Cipriano: "I'm am so glad to see someone finally make that cesspool pay for their negligence, lack of caring, and malpractice. It's very sad that a young woman lost her legs but it's really nice to see Winthrop finally being punished."
minmanowak January 13, 2014 at 04:31 PM
I am so sorry that this happened. Without knowing all the details, it's hard to comment. However it seems as if most of the fault lies with the 3 doctors. All I know is that I have used Winthrop since 1968...3 of my children were born there; all 4 of my children had surgeries, etc there; one of my children has been treated there for serious, long term injuries and illnesses; I have had 2 knee replacements there & I was treated for a heart attack there; all in addition to many ER visits. I have NEVER had a problem with the care we received. On the contrary, the caring and compassion shown to my whole family was always amazing!
Geoffrey Walter (Editor) January 13, 2014 at 10:45 PM
The following comment was posted on the Mineola Patch Facebook page by Angela Spinelli Parente: "Cesspool? Brooklyn courts are the most liberal and ridiculous when it come to such cases. I am not saying that I don't feel horrible for her but Doctors are human and I am sure they feel horrible too. She did deserve some sort of compensation but this seems extreme. Winthrop for all the times I have been there for my grandparents and births is most certainly caring and one of the best hospitals around"
Laurie Lat January 15, 2014 at 09:56 AM
Geoffrey, she lost her legs! I don't think that's extreme. Would like to see how u would feel if it was YOUR legs. Winthrop killed my father and I'm so glad they are being punished. She was a young woman and my father was old, so nobody cared. He laid in his own waste for so long and the nurses were laughing and hanging out doing nothing. This is a cesspool. I wouldn't send my dog there.
Vincent January 16, 2014 at 07:35 AM
minmanowak: I too have been in Winthrop Hospital many times and have always found them to be top notch with the care and service I received each time. You state that without knowing all the details, it's hard to comment. I agree. I also agree with this statement in what Ms. Lat wrote. I believe there is more to her story. Much more.
lillian January 18, 2014 at 02:09 PM
Winthrop is THE WORST HOSPITAL, my mother was there she died there, prior to her passing when taking her back and forth for tests her arm was cut and they didn't bother to take care of it and when I went into the to see her there was a puddle of blood on the floor. She was in ICU she had MRSA when my brother, myself and my nephew who is a medic in the army walked into her room again a huge puddle of blood on the floor God only knows how long she was bleeding , she was getting care my nephew questioned why she was not being monitred and they told us that i had signed a DNR order which i had not and they still have not been able to produce. Im sad that Ms Galettes life was destroyed by the lack of care she received in that place and I wish her nothing but happiness
Dee January 19, 2014 at 09:17 AM
I had a laparoscopic removal of an ectopic pregnancy at Winthrop back in 2002. I can't even imagine something like that happening. So horrible. I wish this woman all the best.

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