Eureka A. Spence-Barnes, a 35-year old administrative assistant for the New York City Housing Authority, came to Lutheran Medical Center in New York on Dec. 9, 1994, for a surgical excision of uterine fibroids.

After the surgery, said plaintiffs’ counsel Gerald C. Barton, Ms. Spence-Barnes “was placed on a sugar-based intravenous solution to replace the blood and bodily fluids lost during the surgery.” Three or four hours after the surgery, he said, “she developed a condition called hypovolemia, or diminished blood volume.”

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