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Latino Daily News

Thursday August 23, 2012

SPAIN: Hospital Workers Confuse Patient with Roommate, Subject her to Unnecessary Treatment

SPAIN: Hospital Workers Confuse Patient with Roommate, Subject her to Unnecessary Treatment

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In November, a woman staying at hospital in Spain recently won a lawsuit in which she claimed workers confused her with her roommate and subjected her to unnecessary treatment.

The woman, whose name was not released, was staying at Spain’s Hospital Virgen de los Lirios in Alcoi in November 2011 when hospital workers attempted to fit her with a catheter through her main artery after undergoing surgery for an intestinal problem. The attempt was unsuccessful, and only after she says she was left with serious nerve damage to her left shoulder did workers realize the procedure was meant for her roommate.

Two days later, hospital staff once again confused her with her roommate and a nurse attempted to give her an enema. The patient refused, saying the procedure seemed “illogical” given that surgery had removed a large portion of her intestine.

After she was released from the facility, the patient sued the hospital.

Earlier this week she was compensated $37,287.