The husband of a woman who died at a Long Island hospital due to a misdiagnosed brain hemorrhage, has filed a lawsuit against the hospital and doctors who failed to properly treated her.
The New York wrongful death lawsuit was filed by Roger Fudge, Jr. in Queens Supreme Court last month against Long Island Jewish/Plainview Hospital and three doctors over the death of his wife, Melissa, in November 2008. The complaint alleges that doctors failed to properly diagnose Melissa Fudge’s brain hemorrhage, leading to her death.
Melissa Fudge was admitted to the hospital after complaining of vomiting and gastrointestinal pain, as well as a painful headache and pain in her left eye. According to the complaint, Fudge had a history of ulcerative colitis, and her husband claims the doctors assumed that was the problem and could not understand why the blood transfusions they were giving her were not working.
A brain hemorrhage is a type of stroke that occurs when there is bleeding in or around the brain, resulting in the death of brain cells. Symptoms include sudden headaches, nausea, vomiting, seizures, numbness, weakness, confusion and loss of consciousness. The bleeding can occur in and around the brain or between the skull and the covering of the brain.
Usually, a computed tomography (CT) scan will confirm a brain hemorrhage. It can also be detected by a spinal tap or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. If a brain hemorrhage is diagnosed properly, it can often be treated by radiology or microsurgical procedures.