Thursday, December 10, 2009

One More Reason Not to Drink Yourself Into a Stupor While on Your Knees

Picture taken before the second drunk and the amputations

Pa. woman sues over drink-fueled leg amputations

Dec 09 2009

UNIONTOWN, Pa.— A western Pennsylvania woman who drank herself unconscious celebrating her 20th birthday says a hospital didn't properly treat her, resulting in partial amputations of both of her legs.

Shanna Hiles' medical malpractice suit against Uniontown Hospital and one of its emergency physicians says she passed out while sitting on the floor with her legs tucked under her in May. Hiles was in that position for more than 12 hours, and she claims hospital officials didn't properly diagnose her condition and work to restore circulation to her legs.

Instead, Hiles claims she was transferred to a Pittsburgh hospital several hours later where both legs were amputated at the knee.

It was not immediately clear what Hiles was doing during the marathon she spent on her knees in a room with 8 men, all of whom gave police statements saying they had not noticed her; they were just "partying, hard."

A hospital spokeswoman declined to comment on the suit filed Tuesday, saying it was stupid and baseless and that the woman caused her own problem and deserved to have both legs amputated.

A hospital administrator said the spokeswoman's remarks were meaningless because she was unauthorized to speak and was being terminated at the end of the month.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

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