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Tara Lawson sues Lakeshore hospital for half a million dollars

10/08/2014 04:32 EDT | Updated 12/08/2014 05:59 EST
A St-Lazare resident and her family are suing the Lakeshore General Hospital and two of its doctors.

Tara Lawson is claiming about $540,000 in damages from the Pointe-Claire hospital after a surgery to remove her gallbladder in 2010. She was 30-years-old at the time.

Court documents indicate the surgery was uneventful with no complications. But Lawson said she didn't feel well in the hours that followed the procedure.

"They woke me up and tell me everything went great, but the pain wouldn't go away," she said.

The hospital sent Lawson home hours after the surgery. But less than a day later, her husband called 911 because of her deteriorating state.

Lawson's memories of what happened next are foggy, but she does recall leaving her home by ambulance.

"They brought me down the stairs and I could remember I could hear my kids crying," she said. "I remember I was so weak and so tired that I couldn't even open my eyes to look at them."

Court documents show that doctors found internal bleeding and extensive lacerations on her liver. According to the documents, Lawson underwent multiple surgeries in the following days to control the bleeding.

She says she's still afraid to visit the hospital and she wants the Lakeshore General Hospital and two of its doctors to take responsibility for her injuries. She also wants compensation for her family's suffering. 

 "All I know is that I had lacerations on my liver and I didn't make them," she said.

In the court documents, the doctors and the hospital say they followed procedure properly and did not make any mistakes.

Lakeshore General Hospital will not comment on the case because it is in front of the courts.

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