Fox News is reporting the congressman’s large intestine was damaged during gallbladder surgery. The gallbladder surgery was performed at the National Naval Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md.
Rep. Bob Brady said an infection developed and that Murtha had a fever when he was admitted to the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va. where he later died.
If in fact the large intestine was damaged during the gallbladder surgery, this is an unusual complication.
We will have to wait for more information before deciding if this was a preventable medical error.