Janet M.was a 28 year old woman from Scotland.She was pregnant with her second child and consulted an OB-GYN with regard to giving birth. She told her OB-GYN of a childhood history that included easy bruising in playground accidents. Janet M. was referred to a hematologist who diagnosed her as having a bleeding disorder and ordered that she be transfused with 21 units of cyroprecipiatate, a blood clotting product, when she is admitted to the hospital for delivery. Janet was infected with AIDS-contaminated blood products given to her when she delivered her daughter. We filed a lawsuit against the consulting hematologist for misdiagnosis and medical malpractice.
Mr. Baxter tracked down Janet’s childhood physician in Scotland who had retired from practice. This was before the days of google searches and took a lot of telephone and detective work. We finally located the doctor in Scotland and he agreed to come to New Jersey to testify at the trial. He testified that he had tested Janet M. for bleeding disorder when she was a child and she did not have one. The defendant, consultant hematologist never sent for the medical records or tested Janet.
After three weeks of trial the consulting Hematologist confidentially settled the case. Janet M. survived long enough to see that the future of her child were taken care of.