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