Man sues morcellator manufacturer over wife’s death

The Legal Examiner reported on November 20 that a man from North Carolina, Jerry Woodell, filed a wrongful death and product liability case against a power morcellator manufacturer after his wife died following a hysterectomy.

Woodell’s wife had a laparoscopic hysterectomy with a power morcellator to remore uterine fibroids in March of 2012. The lawsuit, filed recently, cited that Woodell’s wife was in and out of the hospital after the surgery, often complaining of migraines and fatigue. She was then diagnosed with large masses in her pelvis that turned out to be a high-grade leiomyosarcoma. Woodell’s wife spent the next year and a half undergoing different surgeries and extensive chemotherapy, but the tumor only increased in size and spread over her body. She passed away last September 9.

In his lawsuit, Woodell claims that the morcellator manufacturer should have been aware of the possible dangers involved in the use of morcellators in surgeries.

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