A man was diagnosed with heart disease and operated upon at the local hospital. During surgery, the doctor improperly sewed one of the bypasses, resulting in an occlusion. Following surgery, the doctor ordered an EKG on admission to the ICU which would have discovered the problem but was not performed. The ensuing delay caused the patient to have a heart attack in the ICU; have repeat surgery, and suffer blindness and brain damage.
A jury awarded the highest malpractice verdict award in the county's history in the amount of $2,000,000.