Imagine a life where you are told when to get up; when to go to sleep; what to eat; when you can use the restroom; when you can take a shower . . .
This is the current reality of the day to day life of Lisa-Maria Carter.
But life wasn't always like this . . .
In 2010, Lisa-Maria was working as an intelligence analyst for the US government. She analyzed data to help catch terrorists throughout the world.
She was hard working and dedicated to her job. So much so, that she applied to work in the Iraqi war zone. As she was about to board the military plane in Ft. Benning, GA., she was pulled out of the line and told that her previous medical evaluation revealed a benign ovarian cyst.
Until it was taken care of, she was grounded.
So on Nov. 1, 2010, Lisa-Maria entered Tampa General Hospital (who contracts with University of South Florida to staff the hospital ) to have a simple out-patient operation to remove the cyst. It was considered such an easy surgery that Lisa-Maria was told to tell her ride to pick her up in 4 hours.
That's the last thing she remembered until almost 60 days later.
She awakened on December 27th in a hospital bed with her mother by her bedside.
Seeing her mother who had flown in from Washington, DC was very disturbing to Lisa-Maria.
But that was not the only thing.
She could not feel her hands or her feet. She could not see them either because they were covered by the bed sheet.
Still woozy from the 57-day sleep, she pulled her arms from beneath the sheet and thought to herself, "Why am I wearing black leather gloves?"
Lisa Maria was also puzzled by a large lump across her abdomen.
She had no idea that due to an incompetent doctor, her life would never be the same again.
Above is a photo of Lisa-Maria's stomach showing her scars, sac of intestines and her colostomy bag.
WHAT WENT WRONG
The attending surgeon, Dr. Larry Glazerman*, who was at the time USF's director of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, sliced through Lisa-Maria's small intestine causing toxic leakage and a flesh eating bacteria to invade her body and consume parts of her intestines, stomach, abdominal wall and muscles.
By January of 2011, Lisa-Maria was no longer able to hope that her black hands and feet could be saved. Doctors amputated her limbs just below her elbows and knees.
Due to the botched surgery and an inability to admit wrong and repair the damage while there was still time, Lisa-Maria lost her livelihood, her independence, her income, her dignity and her freedom.
She is now residing in a small nursing home in St. Petersburg, Florida close to her lead attorney. This allows her attorney's wife to bring her dinner. (Which she has been doing almost every night for 7 years.)
She has filed a lawsuit against USF and after 8 years, has won.
Lisa-Maria was awarded $109M.
Before you think this is too much to give someone, ask yourself how much money you would trade for your hands, feet, stomach muscles, intestines outside your body and your independence?
YET SHE IS UNLIKELY TO SEE ONE DIME OF THIS MONEY.
So, while Lisa-Maria languishes, trapped inside her mutilated body in a 10' x 10' room, the USF attorneys who are free - who have THEIR feet and hands - whose intestines are still inside THEIR bodies - have appealed.
But even then, she will not see a dime of the money until . . .
The judgment gets voted on by the Florida legislature.
ADDING INSULT TO INJURY
Here is where it just gets plain nauseating.
The Florida legislature passed a bill that basically says if anyone wins a lawsuit against the state above a couple hundred thousand dollars, the legislature must create a "Claims Bill" and have it pass in both the House and Senate and be signed by the Governor before they are awarded a dime.
In essence, the state legislators will overrule the jurors making the trial worthless.
This is equivalent to a privately owned business being found responsible for negligence, then allowing that same business to determine how much they will pay the victim!
This is absolutely criminal.
Very few victims of state negligence ever see a dime of restitution.
ONE MORE THOUGHT
The fact that USF is appealing and stalling this case is outrageous. The USF attorneys already know that, by law, this case must go before the Florida legislature no matter WHAT happens in court.
But, there is HOPE!
We're hoping that if enough people sign this petition demanding that the legislators suspend the rules and vote on Lisa Maria's case, she will finally be able to get some control over her life again.
Please sign this petition below:
GOOD TO KNOW
Lisa-Maria longs to be useful again.
Although her career in terrorist intelligence is over, she is hoping to use the money raised on GoFundMe to start a new career helping people understand the dangers of sepsis and MRSA. And she wants to help other amputees to avoid the agony and pitfalls she went through.
Thank you for reading this - and thank you for helping!
*After the surgery, Glazerman never talked to Lisa-Maria again. He has since been removed from USF. According to his LinkedIn page, Glazerman is currently the medical director for Planned Parenthood of Delaware. His Florida medical license has never been revoked.
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