The comedian died last September of brain damage caused by low blood oxygen.
It was unclear what company Bankulla was working for while she administered anesthesia to Rivers.Many hospitals and clinics hire outside companies to provide anesthesiologists. Bankulla formerly worked for one such company in New Rochelle, Somnia Anesthesia. A spokeswoman said Bankulla hadn’t worked for the company in three or four years. Bankulla went to medical school in India; is an alum of Gandhi Medical College. Records show that she settled malpractice claims in 2005 for an undisclosed amount of money.Bankulla was also the subject of a lawsuit brought by the family of a Bronx woman who died in childbirth at Bronx Lebanon Hospital in 1999. Bankulla delivered an epidural painkiller to the woman, who died shortly after delivering a son. That lawsuit was settled in 2006 for $4 million, according to Jean Prabhu, who represented the family.