Exclusive: NYC Hospital Sued For ‘Scarring’ Mistake

Says Docs At Missed Veins With Potassium Chloride Shots

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A local woman is suing a hospital after she says she went for an injection – and days later watched the skin peel off both of her arms.

Maria Louis Jeune said she went to Coney Island Hospital in April of 2008 because she was feeling faint. She said she was given injections of potassium chloride – and it went very wrong.

There are still scars on her arms, and the photographs Maria took shortly after the incident are very graphic, reports CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

“It really hurts, now it hurts, and it’s like pins and needles from my arms,” she said. “I got that scar for the rest of my life, and then I have the pain for the rest of my life.”

Apparently, doctors missed her veins and the potassium chloride went into Maria’s body instead, causing a horrible, painful reaction.

“Any IV fluid that you give – whether it’s potassium or just simple saline solution – if it leaks out of the vein into the surrounding tissue, it can cause irritation and bruising,” CBS 2’s Dr. Holly Phillps said. “In more extreme cases, it can even cause wounds. This patient’s wounds are very, very extreme and unusual.”

Maria is in the process of suing Coney Island Hospital and New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

“By them missing the vein not once, but twice, in both arms – something like this should not happen,” said Richard Mogg, Maria’s lawyer.

The Health and Hospitals Corporation released the following statement: “The case…was heard today as part of the court’s efforts to mediate malpractice cases. We will follow the judge’s direction and continue to work toward a resolution.”

Attempts at reaching a settlement on Wednesday fell through. A trial is set for Feb. 9.

Maria said she used to love to cook, but that the scarring on her arms won’t let her do much of that anymore.

  • Fancy

    that’s my aunt and she deserve every penny she gets from that UNSANITARY hospital.

  • Dave

    I knew a woman who was a good artist who went blind. She had a cyst on her ovary and the doctor gave her a radical hysterectomy.
    He said, “I didn’t see anything wrong but I took everything out anyway.”

    • ironhorzmn

      Nothing wrong with that. After menopause the reproductive system is nothing more than a cancer risk.

      My wife underwent a hysterectomy and the doctor highly recommended removing the ovaries also…but she was going to do that anyway.

  • Dave

    My neighbor was a lifelong alcoholic and was dying, and his doctor wasn’t giving him anything for pain. The dude was dying anyway, who cares if he gets hooked or not, right? I called the doctor and asked him if he was punishing him for being an alcoholic. Because I had the audacity to question his authority, he took away his script for extra strength ibuprofen.

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  • davec

    “We will follow the judge’s direction and continue to work toward a resolution.””

    IN a pigs eye, only after evading the matter and having it be so gross that its inescapable. Typical Corporation, only when FORCED to do so do they do whats right.

    • JanineC

      What do you mean by “typical corporation”?? That is more like “typical human beings”.

  • D'mans

    What is the indication that a walking, talking, eating woman requires to be given IV potassium? This is unheard of in medical literature.

  • Julie

    There are more incompetent Nurses and Doctors out there than the public really wants to know. I am a Nurse myself and I know what I am talking about. If a Nurse or Doctor is even slightly unsure of whether or not he/she can perform a skill he or she should not be doing it at all.

  • D'mans

    To err is human, to forgive is Divine.

    • saywhat

      We’ll see how you feel when it’s YOUR turn…or in HER shoes.

  • apolonio l. macalos

    the hospital personnel should be trained on a certain area of expertise to conduct an injection to avoid any problem that may encounter. The patient must be in the possession not to sacrifice at the instance of wrong doing of hospital personnel.
    Remember, we take shelter to the hospital with the belief that health problem as the pain felt be given medicine to cure it. Hospital is the one to be blamed for failure to take measure to prevent the happening of the event.

  • ksw sma

    Chifi, how can you look at the pictures of her disfigured arms and say her case is exaggerated, hypochondria (which means an imaginary ailment)? By the way please note the correct spelling of exaggerated and hypochondria. And I assume you meant it seems and not is seems.

  • Jimmy Hemry Jr Luiczon

    This is a very clear case of malpractice on the part of the hospital and the doctor who inserted the syringe on her. Indeed, a suit for damages is in order.; Go ahead, Maria, we are behind you.

  • chifi

    They will pay her to go away but is seems exagerated – hypochondia

  • Bahman Kambakhsh

    Remember that human is not God. This error may happen and has been happened more than some million times in the world.However both sides should come to an agreement.

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