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Queens man files lawsuit claiming mistake by hospital cost him his hand

Posted June 23, 2017 2:01 p.m. EDT

— A Queens man entered Elmhurst Hospital with pneumonia and left with gangrene in his arm.

Months later his right hand had to be amputated.

"I don't know how to do everything with my left hand. I was right handed. I cannot use my hand no more," Jose Polanco said Thursday.

Polanco's lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, filed a notice of claim with the city Wednesday. They plan to sue for $100 million. Elmhurst Hospital is run by NYC Health and Hospitals.

"The line that was put in to monitor his blood pressure was either not put in properly, not monitored properly, which resulted in the sepsis, as well as the infection," Rubenstein said.

Polanco, 40, was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia in November 2016. He was discharged in late December, but continued to receive treatment for his arm and hand infection.

By May, the gangre