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Doctors amputate woman’s hands and feet after hospital failed to notice her uterus infection

By Mason White 6:08 PM January 1, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A woman lost both her hands and feet after doctors at a hospital failed to notice that she had a uterus infection, according to court documents filed in Maryland.

Now, 59-year-old Joyce Ferguson of Baltimore, is suing the Johns Hopkins Health System, saying that her arms and legs were amputated after doctors failed to diagnose the infection when she was admitted to the hospital.

Ferguson is seeking unspecified damages.

According to the lawsuit, Ferguson went to the emergency room of the Howard County General Hospital three times, complaining of severe pelvic pain.

During his third visit, Ferguson was about to be discharged when she was found incoherent and cold to the touch. Doctors then found infected tissue.

Ferguson said that she recovered from sepsis and organ failure, but the lack of blood flow caused gangrene to her hands and feet.

Her legs were amputated above the knee and her arms below the elbow. General Hospital Howard County is part of the Johns Hopkins Health System.

Ferguson alleges that doctors at the hospital failed to order a full pelvic exam after seeing fluid during ultrasound exams.