A 43-year-old mother of three went to a clinic with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and a periumbilical lump. Within two days, two doctors diagnosed the mother with gastroenteritis, and discharged her with medication. She was seen later in the day by an emergency physician and was diagnosed with appendicitis. While completing follow-up tests, the mother went into cardiac arrest and died. Plaintiff contends that if doctors diagnosed this as a surgical emergency earlier, she could have been saved.
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