Husband sues a doctor and two hospitals for $2.7million after his death of wife Tammie Lucas

Husband sues a doctor and two hospitals for $2.7million after his wife died in horrific pain following a routine operation for back problems

  • Darryl Lucas suing Townsville’s Mater hospital, a surgeon, local health service
  • His wife, Tammie Lucas, died after a routine back operation in August 2019
  • Mr Lucas, now a widowed father of two, suing for breach of duty and negligence 

A grieving father of two is suing for more than $2.7million over the death of his wife, who died holding his hand from catastrophic complications following routine back surgery.

Darryl Lucas filed separate claims in Mackay and Rockhampton courts after Tammie Lucas, 43, died from organ failure caused by septic shock three days after an outpatient procedure in Townsville on August 20, 2019.

Mrs Lucas had a spinal radiofrequency neurotomy and caudal epidural steroid injection to target back pain but suffered fatal complications over the next three days.

Tammie Lucas, 43, died from sepsis three days after an outpatient procedure in Townsville on August 20, 2019

Tammie Lucas, 43, died from sepsis three days after an outpatient procedure in Townsville on August 20, 2019

Grieving father of two Darryl Lucas is suing for more than $2.7million over the death of his wife who died holding his hand after a routine back surgery

Grieving father of two Darryl Lucas is suing for more than $2.7million over the death of his wife who died holding his hand after a routine back surgery

Court documents stated Mrs Lucas woke in severe pain the morning after the surgery and went to Townsville University Hospital before being directed to Mater Private Hospital,’ the Courier Mail reported.

Mrs Lucas, a heavy plant operator at Saraji coal mine, was given painkillers, then antibiotics before an infection, ‘necrotising fasciitis’, was confirmed forcing her into emergency surgery.

Despite two surgeries in the next day to remove necrotic tissue, her condition dramatically worsened. 

She died, from organ failure as a result of septic shock from the infection, while Mr Lucas was holding her hand. 

Supreme Court documents said ‘Mrs Lucas’s surgical wounds were infected with the bacteria clostridium perfringens’.

In one claim Mr Lucas is suing Dr Jason Scott, Mater Misericordiae Ltd and Townsville Hospital and Health Service for $840,680, plus interest and costs, for breach of duty and/or negligence.

Dr Scott performed the procedure at the Mater Private Hospital in Townsville.

Mr Lucas, 47, alleges his wife’s death caused him a psychiatric injury including post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression.

In the other action, Mr Lucas and his sons, Tyson, 22, and Dane, 18, filed a dependency claim against the same three parties in the Rockhampton Supreme Court for $1,885,592, plus interest and costs.

Allegations include that Dr Scott did not ensure the theatre and Mrs Lucas’s wound area were kept sterile and that he failed to appreciate the seriousness of her condition.

Mr Lucas, 47, alleges his wife's death caused him to a psychiatric injury including post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression

Mr Lucas, 47, alleges his wife’s death caused him to a psychiatric injury including post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression

Court documents stated Mrs Lucas woke in severe pain the morning after back surgery and went to Townsville University Hospital before being directed to Mater Private Hospital (Pictured, Townsville University Hospital)

Court documents stated Mrs Lucas woke in severe pain the morning after back surgery and went to Townsville University Hospital before being directed to Mater Private Hospital (Pictured, Townsville University Hospital)

It was also alleged that the Mater caused or permitted her to be infected and failed to diagnose and treat her sepsis promptly. 

Court documents also show Mr Lucas alleges that Townsville Hospital breached Australian Triage Guidelines, failed to treat or diagnose for an infection promptly and failed to properly assess, treat or act on her symptoms on her presentation at the hospital. 

The court documents said when Mrs Lucas arrived at the Mater the morning after her procedure, the doctor who saw her phone Dr Scott for advice and was told her pain was not uncommon after such a procedure.

She was told that her nerves would be sensitive for two to three days. 

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