Gmbh sued over a New Jersey womans death
Surgical Device Maker Sued over Cancer Death
July 20, 2017
The survivors of Sumaira Khan, a New Jersey woman who died from cancer in 2016, have sued Karl Storz GMBH, the company that manufactures a device called a morcellator which, they allege, was responsible for spreading throughout her body the cancer cells that ultimately killed her.
Khan underwent surgery at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., to treat her uterine fibroids. Her survivors allege that the morcellator – a tool used in laparoscopic surgery to cut large body tissues into smaller pieces in order to facilitate removal – used in the surgery effectively pulverized the cancer cells that had been lurking in the masses and distributed them throughout Khan’s body.
Uterine fibroids are not usually cancerous, but Khan’s were, according to tests performed immediately before her surgery. Despite the positive cancer test, Dr. Howard Jones proceeded with the morcellator-assisted surgery.
Khan died some two and a half years after having surgery.
The suit names the device manufacturer, Dr. Jones, another doctor, and a hospital administrator.
Morcellators have come under fire in recent years for their ability to spread potentially cancerous tissues throughout the body, effectively causing more harm than good. Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon subsidiary, to name one company, voluntarily recalled its morcellator line in 2014.
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