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Woman Wins $7 Million Award For Weight-Loss Operation Gone Awry

November 20, 1988

BALTIMORE (AP) _ A 70-year-old woman who was partly paralyzed after an operation to staple her stomach for weight loss was awarded $7 million in damages.

A Baltimore Circuit Court jury decided Friday that Ida Sober’s paralysis, which stemmed from a stroke she suffered five weeks after the stomach operation, was caused by the negligence of Dr. George Thomas and Church Hospital.

C. Robert Loskot, an attorney representing Thomas and the hospital, said he planned to file post-trial motions but declined to specify what he would seek. He contended that the doctor was not negligent and did not cause the complications that followed the operation.

Four days after the June 7, 1981, operation, Ms. Sober’s stomach began to leak internally, said her attorney, Robert Paul Mann. Thomas ordered several tests but did not diagnose the problem until the next day. An operation was then performed to stop the leakage, but Ms. Sober’s condition deteriorated and she eventually suffered a stroke.

″She was looking forward to the loss of weight and a new life before this all happened,″ said Mann.

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