The family of a 29-year-old woman who mysteriously died two days after being admitted to hospital with postpartum depression plan to slap the city and its hospital system with a $ 10 million wrongful death lawsuit, according to news legal documents.
Denise Williams, mother of a newborn and 3-year-old, died at Queens Hospital Center on August 30, two days after her admission.
The family’s notice of claim, the precursor to a lawsuit against the city and its Health + Hospital Corp., claims Williams was a “healthy 29-year-old African-American single mother who had just given birth to her second. baby girl on July 11 ”and“ started showing signs of postpartum depression ”.
“We are still investigating all of the facts behind Ms Williams’ death and although a dollar loss has been claimed, no amount of money can replace the loss of a mother for her two young children,” he said. family lawyer Abe George told The Post. .
The claim accuses medical staff of “deviating from accepted standards of medical care” in Williams’ treatment.
Autopsy results released last month showed Williams died of pulmonary embolism – a blood clot that traveled to her lungs. The city’s medical examiner, who ruled the death “natural”, said obesity was a contributing factor.
In the aftermath of the shocking death, Williams’ family asked the state to investigate what had happened.
“Denise went to the Queens Center Hospital for help for her postpartum depression and mysteriously passed away. We ended up with questions and no answers and her two toddlers are now motherless, ”her aunt, Charlene Magee, told The Post.