It is tragic when a person dies rom any post-op complications, but this article seems to be written by the "Columbia lawyer who specializes in medical negligence cases."
Each and every surgery has it's own set of complications and risks. When my wife had recent Open Heart to repair a congential defect (several actually, re-repair of 40 y/o surgery) did I tell her the possibility of a bad outcome. No way, but I knew it was there, and it did go bad for a while. With a non-paced rate in the 20's, 1800ml of albumin in the first 12 hours post-op, lots of dopamine and not being extubated for 14 hours post-op, that was one time I wished I had no medical knowledge. But she is fine now, and one of the reasons is she was in a CICU, with knowledgable nurses, and a real a$$hole of a husband who watched them like a hawk. It helped to have experience recovering hearts, this time.
But back to this particular case,
Osteopaths are specialists in bones and muscles.
I think a D.O. may be a little more then just a bone and muscle doc. http://www.allsands.com/Health/dosdoctorost_gy_gn.htm
A lot of the article seems to be taken from the mom's diary. Without med records it is hard for me to second guess the Dr.s, nurses, or the care that Lewis received.
It also seems that this case caused a lot of changes at this particular hospital, which in the long run will probably enhance patient safety, and the lines of communication between the family and the providers.
A death post-op is tragic, whether the pt is a neonate to 1000 years old. I have been to several codes in my hospital where the pt is 1-2 days post-op. Complications do occur, and often with tragic outcomes.
They assignment of blame in this case seems to be broad, from Dr.s, to nurses, to Aides. Anytime there is an unexpected death in the hospital you can be sure the lawyers will be there before the funeral home picks up the body (or so it seems), but that is fodder for a far more virulant thread.