A Danbury Hospital patient who went in for what was supposed to be a simple, one-day hernia repair in 2008 won $12 million after a jury verdict this afternoon.

The hospital denied responsibility for the conduct of its own surgical resident, the plaintiff’s lawyer said.

“She spent 70 days in the hospital fighting septic shock, nearly died, and suffered catastrophic permanent injuries. The trial lasted three weeks and the jury deliberated for four hours before returning a verdict for $12,002,935.04,” said trial counsel Sean McElligott, who handled the case along with Josh Koskoff. The trial judge was Sheila Ozalis.

The plaintiff, Vivian Gagliano, went to the hospital and a resident she never met participated in the surgery and negligently inserted a surgical device perforating her colon, McElligott said.

“I am happy to bring some peace to my client after her horrific ordeal at Danbury Hospital. Hopefully, future patients will receive better care after this verdict,” said McElligott.

Gagliano added: “I am so thankful that the jury understood what I went through and did justice in this case.”