Docs lose lawsuit, must pay $4.1M

Published by The Boston Herald, November 6, 2007
By Jerry Kronenberg

A Middlesex County Superior Court jury has ordered two doctors to pay $4.1 million to the family of a 31-year-old Lowell woman who died following a 1999 operation.

Jurors ordered surgeon Muhammad Akmal Khan of Kittery, Maine, and gynecologist Edward Lipman of Andover to pay Bernice Edwards' family $2.5 million in damages. Plaintiff’s lawyer Suzanne McDonough of Boston law firm Lubin & Meyer said the judgment also calls for $1.6 million in interest.

Lawyers for Kahn and Lipman declined to comment on the case.

McDonough said Edwards entered Lowell General Hospital in mid-1999 with an ovarian cyst, but allegedly contracted pneumonia while there.

McDonough claimed that despite Edwards weakened lungs, Khan and Lipman went ahead with pelvic surgery that left the woman on a respirator. Edwards died three weeks later from acute respiratory distress syndrome, McDonough said.

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