When K.W. stepped into North Suburban Medical Center on November 21, 2013, she presented with long lasting upper abdominal pain. Her ultrasound revealed gallstones and a right inguinal (groin area) hernia. K.W. immediately underwent laparoscopic surgery to remove her gallbladder (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) and repair the hernia. K.W. was discharged on November 22 but returned two days later presenting with post-op upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and yellow fluid drainage at her port site. She was discharged just 24 hours later.
Five days later, K.W. returned to the medical center with continued abdominal pain, bloating and yellow fluid leaking from her bellybutton. X-rays revealed a cut/clipped bile duct. Under care by a liver transplant specialist at Porter Hospital, K.W. underwent biliary reconstruction surgery (roux-en-Y choledochojejunostomy) which exposed the extent of damage done by the first procedure—cuts were seen on the duct itself and higher up.
As a result of the negligent treatment received at North Suburban Medical Center, K.W. underwent 20 plus additional surgeries and procedures to address complications of her biliary injury. Her future complications could include: liver disease, loss of brain function due to non-functioning kidneys, or a liver transplant.
By September 2015, K.W.’s medical bills totaled over $1.3 million.
Just about two years after the botched procedure, Evan Banker settled the case with the insurance company for a confidential amount.