Jafer v. DiMattina M.D.
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Circuit Court for Arlington County
Injuries: ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, stroke
Jury Verdict: $1,500,000.00
A 30-year-old woman suffered a stroke after undergoing in vitro fertilization therapy. She alleged that the defendant physician was negligent because he ignored warning signs of a complication called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and continued the therapy.
Due to low body weight and a hormone imbalance, the plaintiff was at risk for this complication. During the in vitro procedure, the syndrome developed.
The defendant injected fluids into her bloodstream, but did not prescribe anticoagulants. The plaintiff suffered a stroke on the right side of her brain, which initially paralyzed the left side of her body. She has since recovered, but still walks with a limp and has weakness in her left hand.
After the stroke, the plaintiff became pregnant without medical intervention and delivered a baby girl.