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Woman Only Awarded $142,000 After Hospital Wrongly Removes Uterus

A New York woman who was given a hysterectomy without her knowledge during a hospital stay is rightfully upset at only receiving $142,000 in compensation.

via NY Daily News

A jury added insult to injury Wednesday, handing down a “shockingly low” verdict in a lawsuit brought by a NYU dance instructor who said she was unknowingly bullied into a hysterectomy that she didn’t want or need.

The Manhattan Supreme Court jury awarded Jill Jacobs just $142,000 in damages — even after the judge in the unusual case found NYU Langone Medical Center guilty of malpractice, making the trial strictly about the amount of compensation Jacobs deserved.

Jacobs — who is a teacher at Greenwich Village’s Steinhardt School — sued the hospital for $5 million in 2010, claiming that surgeon Bhavana Pothuri was wrong to perform the hysterectomy during an unrelated operation in 2009 to remove a fibroid from her uterus.

“I’m shocked,” an ashen Jacobs, 54, said Wednesday as she put her hand to her throat and tried to hold back tears.

“It’s a very, very long road to bring your case to trial. You do it because what’s done was wrong.”

Jacobs claimed her “butchering” at the hospital sent her into a tailspin of depression, ruining her self-image and reviving horrific memories of being kidnapped and raped at age 20.

Hopefully this young woman will file an appeal and keep pushing this case forward because this is ridiculous! Do you think she was fairly compensated?

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