Jury awards $100,000 in malpractice case

In a malpractice case in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, a jury on Friday awarded $100,000 to the family of a woman who died 15 months after a surgical team led by a Wright State Physicians doctor left a sponge in her abdomen.

The jury found approximate cause that leaving in a sponge led to an injury to Eugenia A. Snowden, but did not lead to her death. The jury also did not award anything for loss of consortium or for economic sanctions. The family had sued for medical malpractice and wrongful death.

The 2010 lawsuit, brought by Dennis K. Snowden, alleges that after a 17-hour surgery in late February 2009 at Miami Valley Hospital, the medical team left a laparotomy sponge in his wife's body, and that led to complications and ultimately to death. The original lawsuit filing named several defendants, including Dr. Akpofure "Peter" Ekeh, Wright State Physicians, numerous scrub technicians, nurses and other medical personnel.

Court documents show Wright State Physicians Inc. admits a sponge remained in Snowden's body for about seven months - including two failed attempts to remove it - but denied that the sponge's presence caused Snowden's further medical problems and death.

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