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Young woman and her unborn baby die after Hahnemann Hospital Emergency Department sends her home; mother filing wrongful death action

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YOUNG WOMAN AND HER UNBORN BABY DIE AFTER HAHNEMANN HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT SENDS HER HOME; MOTHER FILING WRONGFUL DEATH ACTION

PHILADELPHIA, PA – May 4, 2016

Yesterday, Messa & Associates, P.C. filed a medical malpractice claim against defendants Hahnemann Hospital, Drexel University, Tenet Health Corp., and Drs. Alleyne, Buchanan, and Smith, after 25-year-old Crystal Ellis and her unborn daughter (Baby Girl Ellis) were discharged from the Hahnemann Emergency Department, resulting in their ultimate demise.

Crystal Ellis was 25-years-old and 33 weeks pregnant on May 22, 2014, when she presented to the Hahnemann Emergency Department reporting abdominal, suprapubic, and bilateral lower back pain, as well as intermittent nausea and vomiting, all for the past 24 hours. A fetal monitor revealed that Ms. Ellis was suffering from severe uterine irritability. Drs. Alleyne, Buchanan, and Smith, all OB/GYN practitioners at Hahnemann, agreed on Ms. Ellis’ treatments, which were nothing more than hydration. No additional tests were ordered to investigate or determine the cause of Ms. Ellis’ uterine irritability, and approximately 4.5 hours after she was admitted, Ms. Ellis was discharged with instructions to drink 10-12 glasses of water daily, take prenatal vitamins, and keep her next prenatal appointment on June 22, 2014.

Nine hours later, at 3:46am, Ms. Ellis was rushed by ambulance to Albert Einstein Medical Center. She arrived unresponsive and in critical condition. Her pulses were lost in the ambulance en route to the hospital and an ultrasound performed upon arrival determined that Baby Girl Ellis had expired. During emergency trauma surgery, doctors discovered a bleeding femoral vein in Ms. Ellis’ abdomen. A hysterectomy was performed, during which Ms. Ellis coded. Doctors attempted to resuscitate her for 25 minutes. Crystal Ellis was pronounced dead at 5:08am, the cause of death determined to be a rupture of a pelvic vascular structure.

Had the OB/GYN practitioners at Hahnemann Hospital investigated the cause of Miss Ellis’ uterine irritability, the pelvic vascular rupture would have been prevented and Crystal and Baby Girl Ellis would still be alive.

The claim was filed on behalf of Kathy Boone, mother of Crystal Ellis, in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas by Joseph L. Messa, Jr., Jenimae Almquist, and Megan M. Kwak of Messa & Associates, P.C. The claim seeks compensatory and punitive damages. For more information, please contact Angela Leone at 215-568-3500 or aleone@messalaw.com.

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