Nova Scotia residents may be interested in the recent case of a doctor in Hanover has been ordered by a court to pay $15 million in damages. The doctor was the defendant in a medical malpractice case that was filed after the woman suffered from a debilitating stroke. The $15 million amount was agreed upon by both parties before the trial if the doctor was found to be negligent.
The woman was out bowling two days after Christmas when she started experiencing severe headaches. Her speech became garbled, she was numb on one side and she was making involuntary eye movements. Two days later, she suffered from a serious stroke that destroyed part of her spinal cord and lower brain stem. This stroke resulted in her becoming paralyzed from the neck down at the age of 24. The woman had a history of high blood pressure and took medication for hypertension. The doctor prescribed a drug that would lower her blood pressure. Shortly after that time, a nurse informed the doctor that the woman was unable to move her arm and was very dizzy, but the doctor did not reassess her. She was sent to another hospital several hours later where a rip was revealed in imaging scans.