Lawsuit Filed After Toddler Loses Hand, Both Feet In 5-Hour ER Wait
(FOXNEWS) A couple filed a lawsuit this week against a Sacramento hospital and a handful of employees after their daughter lost part of all four of her limbs due to a bacterial infection.
Malyia’s parents brought her to Methodist Hospital in November when she had a persistent fever, skin discoloration and weakness. Ryan Jeffers and Leah Vang watched as their little girl became sicker and sicker as they waited for 5 hours in the emergency room. Jeffers allegedly begged doctors and nurses in the emergency room to treat his daughter. Eventually he forced his way into another office and demanded help.
By that point, the bacteria had ravaged more of Malyia’s body and she had to be flown to Standford University’s Children’s Hospital in the Bay area.
Malyia had streptococcus A, and as a result of the widespread infection, both of her feet and her left hand were amputated, and part of her right hand was removed. She is now in intensive rehabilitation therapy, and there is no telling how much more therapy and care she will need in the future.
Which is why her parents are suing for an unknown amount at this time because the amount needed for Malyia’s care is unknown. Jeffers and Vang filed a medical malpractice and negligence lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court Monday. They name Catholic Healthcare West, Methodist Hospital and 5 emergency room employees in the lawsuit. According to the filing, the hospital “chose to negligently staff, operate and supervise the emergency room” resulting in Malyia’s extensive surgeries.
Methodist Hospital released a statement in response to the lawsuit, saying, “At Methodist Hospital patient care and safety is our number one priority. We were sorry to hear about the eventual outcome for Malyia and our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. We are unable to comment on matters of impending litigation.”