Botched Laparotomy Leads to Malpractice Lawsuit

An exploratory laparotomy resulted in a perforated bowel of Hanh Thi Ngo, who died as a result of the botched surgery. The family of Hanh Thi Ngo brought a medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Jerone F. Schrapps, Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth, Christus Dubuis Hospital of Beaumont, and Southeast Texas Surgical Associates on May 25, in Jefferson County District Court.
As a result of the laparotomy that perforated her bowel, Hanh Thi Ngo suffered septic shock and multiple organ failure before being taken off life support. She died on May 5, 2009.