But after mixing up her CT scan results with those of another patient, hospital staff thought that Nayyar had bleeding in her brain and needed immediate surgery.
She was taken to the operating room where five holes were drilled into her head and the right side of her skull was sawed out. But when hospital staff realized that there was nothing wrong with her, they did not inform the family that they had operated on the wrong patient.
Nayyar never recovered from the surgery and was on life support for 60 days before she died.
Attorney Geoffrey Fieger, representing Nayyar's family, said in an interview on Thursday that he could not recall a worse mix-up and initial cover-up by a hospital in his 37 years of practice.
A jury awarded her family $21M in its lawsuit against the hospital this week.
How the jury determined its $21-million award:
• $300,000 for medical and funeral expenses
• $13 million for damages for pain and suffering
• $4.5 million for damages suffered by next of kin.
• $2.2 million for damages to be suffered in future by next of kin.
(Plus $1 million for interest and other expenses, according to Fieger)
This has to be one of the most expensive hospital payouts ever !