Hospital Found Negligent After Leaving Sponges in Surgery Patient

A Marshall jury finds Good Shepherd Medical negligent after leaving sponges inside a surgery patient.

Rita Bateman, of Longview, was admitted to Good Shepherd in January of 2001 for hernia surgery and a hysterectomy.

Mrs. Bateman claims she began suffering from severe pain and an infection.

Bateman's physician, Dr. Lynn Brazell, discovered she had left three sponges inside Bateman's abdomen during surgery.

A spokesperson for the hospital says they regret the mistake but say the hospital tried to settle the case before it ever went to trial.

"The verdict that was given by the jury turns out after attorney's fees and court costs are paid by the Bateman's they'll receive less as a cash settlement than they would have had they accepted the original settlement offered by the hospital," says Beth Chrismer, hospital spokesperson.

Mrs. Bateman's attorney's were asking the jury for 3 million dollars.

She was awarded nearly $350,000.

Amy Tatum, reporting.