Jury Awards Couple More Than $1.7 Million In Surgery Lawsuit

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A Lexington hospital has been ordered to pay more than one-point-seven (M) million dollars to a south-central Kentucky couple. The couple said a sponge was left in the woman's body after surgery.

A Fayette County jury awarded Helen Hammons of London one-and-a-half (M) million dollars for pain and suffering, plus medical expenses and lost wages. Her husband, Ray, was awarded two-hundred thousand dollars for lost companionship.

The couple sued Central Baptist Hospital after Helen Hammons had a hysterectomy June two-thousand-four. In September two-thousand-four, Hammons complained of abdominal pain and went back to see Doctor Helle Bradley, who performed the surgery.

Hammons had the sponge removed at Saint Joseph's Hospital about a month later.

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