The patient was in the hospital recovering from removal of a brain tumor.
She had problems swallowing but had no difficulty breathing. Her lungs were clear and her chest x-ray was normal.
She was on oxygen with a humidifier connected in her oxygen line. The humidifier apparently was laid on its side by an untrained patient transporter during the process of transferring her to a stretcher to transport her from her room for tests in another hospital department. That allowed water to flow into the patient's lungs through her oxygen line.
Non-sterile fluid in her lungs caused major problems with aspiration pneumonia which sent her back to the ICU.
The Supreme Court of Mississippi approved a judgment of $150,000 in the patient's favor.
Since the patient transporter admitted he had no...