NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Florence Fiedler went to Yale-New Haven Hospital for a routine procedure, but what happened was anything but routine, WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported.
WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau
On February 17, 2010, Fiedler, now 81, went in to have a pacemaker installed. The surgery itself went fine.
But afterwards, while still under anesthesia and, according to her lawyer Jim Horwitz, left improperly attended, she fell from the gurney to the floor.
She hit with so much force that Horwitz said she suffered a traumatic brain injury.
“She hit her head causing a bleed in the lining between her brain and her skull,” Horwitz told Schneidau.
Horwitz said Fiedler also broke her collarbone, fractured her hip, fractured her spine, and broke a toe.
Fiedler, a former FBI administrator, lived an active and independent life, but Horwitz said she is now a shut-in and is dependent on others.
Fielder has sued the hospital over the incident.
Ina written statement, hospital spokesman Rob Hutchison said, “The hospital deeply regrets this incident and we have apologized to the patient.”
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