Tucson woman awarded $12 million in malpractice lawsuit

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A Tucson woman was awarded $12 million dollars by a jury in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

According to the Pima County Superior Court, Esmeralda Tripp was suing against Banner UMC, formally known as the University of Arizona Health Network.

Krisanne LoGalbo says the appointment of fault in this lawsuit results in 20 percent the plaintiff, and 80 percent the Board of Regents/U of A College of Medicine.
 
"Honestly, there is no amount of money that can bring my mom back," said Jamaica Tripp, Esmeralda's daughter. "There is no amount of money that can change what they did."
 
Jamaica says her mother had a history of seizures and was on Coumadin, a blood thinner for blood clots.
 
She says doctors thought her mom had an appendicitis and was given Profilnine, a drug used to control bleeding. 
 
The results left her mom in a permanent vegetative state, according to court documents.
 
"After that a doctor admitted to my father, 'Hey, we messed up, we gave her the wrong medication and we don't know what is going to happen after this"' said her daughter.
 
Jamaica says the hospital blames her mother's outcome on not providing accurate medical information, but she says that is not true. 
 
KGUN9 has reached out to lawyers representing the hospital for comment. 
 
"We miss her, we miss everything about her... because of a person's mistake we don't have our mom," said Jamaica.
 
Esmeralda's children urge others to do their research before being administered any medication and ask medical providers plenty of questions.
 
In total, the amount of judgment against all Defendants equals $12 million.
 
The trial began October of 2017.
 
Esmeralda's children say their mother was born and raised in Tucson, attended Sunnyside High School and loved volunteering at the Tucson Rodeo. 
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