Staten Island couple awarded $10 million after botched hysterectomy

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A Staten Island woman and her husband were awarded a $10 million verdict on Thursday after she underwent a nasty hysterectomy that left her incontinent, sore and unable to have sex.

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Michelle Nugent, 41, filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after being left with a painful fistula — or an abnormal opening — that leaked fluid from her bladder into her vagina after a procedure performed by gynecologist Eli Cerur. Had been.

Nugent, of Tottenville, had surgery at Richmond University Medical Center on October 4, 2018, after having four babies via C-section suffered excessive and painful bleeding.


But just a few days after the hysterectomy—in which the uterus is surgically removed—Nugent landed in the emergency room in what she described as the worst pain of her life, according to her affidavit.

The affidavit said she also experienced nausea, vomiting and leakage.

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However, the mother-in-law of four was told that her symptoms were normal complications from the surgery and that she would hear from the doctor.

Michelle Nugent developed a fistula after surgery.
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Over the next 10 days, Nugent repeatedly called Serur’s office because her symptoms were worsening, including the need to wear adult diapers because she could no longer control her bladder. She was told to wait until her next follow-up appointment.

When Serur finally saw her on October 17, 2018, he gave her medication for a urinary tract infection and told her that she should return to work the next week, according to her testimony.

Nugent — an account executive at the deli meat company Boer Head — was in a meeting with 20 men in its Brooklyn office the following Monday, when “out of nowhere, I pissed myself off and had to leave,” he told the offending jury. Told experience.

Nugent testified that this happened despite the fact that she was wearing diapers and going to the bathroom hourly.

Soon after, Nugent saw a urologist and had a second surgery to repair a hole in her bladder on November 12, 2018.

But despite the surgery, Nugent’s bladder will never remain the same and she will be in pain for the rest of her life, the jury heard during the hearing.

Richmond University Medical Center
Michelle Nugent’s symptoms were so bad that she urinated herself in a sitting in front of 20 people.
Stephen Jeremiah

Mom still wakes up several times a night to go to the bathroom and she and her husband, Robert, have resigned not to have sex because of pain and fear.

The jury members – four women and two men – found that Seur had gone “by good and accepted medical practice” when he failed surgery and then failed to identify the problem and fix it, according to the jury’s decision letter. .

The jurors awarded Nugent $6.5 million for past and future suffering and $3.5 million for past and future consortium damages to her husband – or for intimacy with his wife. The couple filed suit in 2019.

The hospital was not a party to the trial after Nugent agreed to dismiss the case.

Seroor’s lawyer did not immediately return a request for comment.


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