Melanie Robbins walked out of the St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood seven years ago with a headache. A little over a week later, a blood vessel burst in her brain, damaging her brain and paralyzing her mostly from the neck down.
For seven years, lawyers argued in court whether doctors did everything they could to detect the aneurysm. All the while Robbins lay in a nursing home bed in Florence, struggling to speak, helpless to take care of herself and unable to move.
Robbins' story provides a stark reminder of the high stakes that come with the daily decisions doctors make. A Kenton County jury determined the doctors erred when they missed the aneurysm in Robbins' brain. The jury set the cost for the doctors involved and the Northern Kentucky Radiology Group at $8.2 million.
"When a physician makes a mistake, it usually results in a horrific injury," said her attorney, Delana Sanders.