Sewage Leaks Plague Elite Washington Hospital

“A black, grainy foul-smelling substance” coated the floor of an operating room at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, which also suffered from at least one “active leak” of sewage, according to a review by the District of Columbia health department last August.

That health department report was cited in a lawsuit filed against the hospital by the husband of a woman who died from a post-operative infection after surgery at the hospital, where the operating rooms had suffered from leaks of bacteria-filled sewage for months.

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