In what is believed to be the largest medical malpractice settlement in the state’s history, the family of Diane Rizk McCabe settled their lawsuit against Albany Medical Center Hospital and two obstetricians, Dr. Sean Yong-Il Lee and Dr. Cheryl Burack.
The young mother bled to death after a botched Caesarean section on September 3, 2007. In addition to the financial settlement, the hospital agreed to fund for the next 20 years a Diane McCabe Memorial Quality Lecture series focusing on topics related to enhancing patient safety.
Joseph McCabe, the widowed husband, released a statement after the settlement was reached.
“The settlement provides non-monetary benefits which will serve as a living memorial of Diane for our children and family. We hope that it will improve the quality of medical care in this area and reduce the likelihood that another family will have to endure the suffering and loss that our family has undergone.”