A San Francisco man has won a $5.1 million malpractice settlement from the city after the staff at a municipal hospital botched his treatment for acute renal failure.


Court papers describe the 2005 incident this way: A 40-year-old man arrived at San Francisco General Hospital with fever and a cough that he said had lasted about a week. Hospital staff diagnosed acute renal failure and ad-ministered several doses of sedatives, but they didn’t monitor his condition until he went into cardiac and respiratory arrest.

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During the nine minutes it took to stabilize him, the man suffered anoxic brain injury so severe that he continues to require round-the-clock care at a municipal skilled-nursing facility.

San Francisco General is a teaching hospital for the University of California, which was also named in the malpractice suit. It settled earlier for $850,000.