A 54-year-old woman in Linn County filed a medical malpractice claim against the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to the tune of $15 million. The woman claims that a surgery she underwent caused paralysis and affected her ability to speak. She also claims she suffered other injuries her lawyers claim were debilitating.
Joyce Bohren, a full-time cook at Jones Regional Medical Center, underwent surgery in 2014. The surgery was to remove benign tumors. Prior to the surgery, Bohren had to issues with her motor skills, vision or speech. It was after she woke up that the problems began.
The lawsuit claims that surgeons cut Bohren’s middle cerebral artery during the operation. The cut caused a stroke and Bohren was left paralyzed on the right side of her body. She was unable to control her bowel or bladder function, was unable to swallow and could not speak. As a result of the mishap, Bohren requires around-the-clock care.
While Bohren can say a few words, her condition remains essentially the same. She is not completely paralyzed, but does have difficulty with movement on the right side of her body. Despite having undergone several rounds of therapy, Bohren is unable to care for herself.
The claim was filed on March 10. It is unknown when Bohren will have her day in court.
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