Indiana woman awarded $14.4 million after botched obesity surgery


Kathryn Parker, 52, of Michigan City, has been awarded $14.4 million because of malpractice in obseity surgery.She is joined by attorney Kenneth J. Allen during a press conference Thursday.

A Michigan City, Indiana, woman was awarded more than $14 million by a federal jury, which ruled that two Illinois doctors botched her bariatric surgery and left her with brain damage.

Kathryn Parker, 52, was awarded $9.4 million in a Chicago federal courtroom Wednesday night after the jury found Drs. Jeffrey Rosen and Allen Mikhail liable of negligence in the 2010 procedure that caused her injuries. The hospital where the surgery took place, Advocate Good Samaritan in Downers Grove, Ill., settled with Parker before the trial for $5 million.

'She's going to need health care around the clock for the rest of her life,' her lawyer, Kenneth J. Allen, said during a press conference Thursday at his Merrillville law office. 'Those needs will be taken care of now.'

Parker met the doctors through their then-office in Merrillville, where she went to seek treatment for obesity. Rosen and Mikhail, of Downers Grove-based LifeWeigh Bariatrics, performed her gastric bypass surgery at Advocate Good Samaritan in February 2010. Allen said that at the time of the surgery, Parker had a condition for which she was taking a blood thinner, but the doctors gave her the wrong anti-coagulation medication, causing her extensive internal bleeding and loss of blood flow to the brain.

'I can't walk anymore,' Parker said Thursday, surrounded by her three sisters, who now live with her and take care of her full time. 'I can't do anything I used to do.'

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