woman died of a brain aneurysm after a magnetic resonance imaging test (MRI) was done on her brain to find the cause of a severe headache that brought her to a naval hospital in an ambulance. The woman’s MRI was not read until five days after the test was taken; the test did confirm that she did have an aneurysm but it was too late. Rosario Caoile, 58, died at her home before the test was even read.
The commanding officer of the hospital, Captain Raquel Bono, apologized to Caoile’s husband the day she died, but she offered no explanation to Archibal Caolie, a retired sailor. The couple had been married for 30 years. Mr. Caoile did not want an autopsy to be performed on his wife, but several doctors in the hospital who studied his wife’s file agreed she died of a brain aneurysm. The doctors also agreed that the aneurysm was repairable with surgery, and Rosario should be alive today.
The family has sued the hospital and is seeking $17 million in damages; this is not the first lawsuit against Naval Hospital Jacksonville.