After suffering numerous complications from her family physician, a patient decided to sue with allegations of malpractice. The first stage of her suit related to her excessive drug prescriptions of Effexor and Lithium, which caused her to develop Lithium toxicity and alterations in her mental health and development. These conditions went undiagnosed by her doctors, and while she was hospitalized the patient suffered a fall that caused a sternal wire in her chest to break. Consequently, the patient remained in extensive pain, and required a surgical repair where the staff allegedly failed to remove a piece of sponge that had been left over from the Vacuum Assisted Closure, or VAC, and remained embedded in the patient’s wound. She then required surgical removal of the retained sponge, as well as additional surgeries to treat her for complications associated with the wound’s infection. The patient remained in a weakened state at the time of trial, where she claimed that a series of inept medical decisions had led to costly medical bills and months of rehabilitation.