Army soldier, Staff Sgt. Adam Cloer, reached a settlement with the federal government in a medical malpractice lawsuit that led to the death of his wife, Melodee Cloer. The settlement was worth $2.15 million, which was paid because a military hospital in Fort Campbell, Kentucky failed to properly diagnose and treat Melodee. Medical malpractice attorneys say that this negligence led to her death in 2010 due to rectal cancer. United States District Court Judge John Nixon approved the settlement which would put an end to the lawsuit against the medical staff at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital(BACH).
Medical Negligence Claims the Life of a 53 Year Old Woman
Melodee first began experiencing symptoms, such as pain, blood in her stool, and constipation in 2006. After multiple hospital visits, medical professionals diagnosed her with hemorrhoids. It was recommended that the hospital perform a colonoscopy, but the hospital failed to follow up on that procedure or provide any screenings for rectal cancer. Professionals say that the following year, in 2007, Adam Cloer was transferred to Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, where his wife would learn that the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes because it was not treated in a timely manner. Melodee underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and numerous surgeries to remove her organs, all of which proved to be of no avail. The medical malpractice attorneys working the case stated,
“Had BACH health care providers diagnosed and treated Ms. Cloer’s cancer at any time from the start of her rectal cancer symptoms in early 2006 through the end of 2006, then more likely than not, Ms. Cloer’s cancer would have been curable; her multiple and painful surgeries requiring removal of some of her organs would have been avoided; and she would be alive today.”
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