A Philadelphia jury on Monday awarded nearly $34 million to a Georgia woman who was seriously injured by a device that was supposed to save her life.
Surgeons operated on Tracy Reed-Brown in 2010 to place a blood clot-catching “Option IVC” filter manufactured by Rex Medical LP into a vein.
The filter, which was designed to be removable, was installed to help prevent a pulmonary embolism from blood clots traveling into Reed-Brown’s lungs. However, the design of the device was allegedly defective. The filter in Reed-Brown’s case became impossible to remove. Doctors struggled for three hours in 2016 in an attempt to dislodge the filter.
The device remains inside her body.