Many of Oregon's residents seek ways to help them lose weight. When dieting and exercise is not enough, these individuals turn to medications and surgical procedures. With a proven track record of success, such measures, when carried out appropriately, can significantly impact an individual's health for the better. However, when it comes to weight loss surgeries, just as with any operations, avoidable complications can arise that leaves a patient in grim danger.
One woman was killed in one of these instances, and her family has now filed a lawsuit against the hospital where she underwent her surgery. According to the family's wrongful death claim, the victim went in for surgery to have a gastric band removed from her stomach so she could consider other weight loss operations.