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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A jury has ordered a Waterbury doctor pay a former patient $500,000 after a gynecological procedure gone wrong almost risked her life.
Doctor John Kaczmarek of Women’s Healthcare, P.C., was accused of medical negligence after performing a hysteroscopy dilation and curettage (D&C) on Johnna Hunt back in 2011. During that procedure, he made a wrong cut into the patient’s uterus, and didn’t realize that she was hemorrhaging. Kaczmarek sent Hunt home, where she lost a lot of blood and was brought to Waterbury Hospital.
At the hospital, doctors realized Kaczmarek’s mistake. In order to save Hunt’s life, the doctors at the hospital had to perform a hysterectomy, even though she was only 40-years-old at the time.
“These past five years have not been easy ones for my client,” said Timothy P. Pothin of Faxon Law Group in New Haven. “This doctor is very fortunate that his careless mistake did not kill her. Johnna and her husband, Steven, are grateful to the jury for holding him accountable.”
Before the three-week trial, Hunt’s lawyers say they would have accepted less than the $500,000 awarded by the jury. However, Kaczmarek and his insurer refused to settle.