Brain Surgery gone wrong
Going in for a surgical procedure can be a very nervous or scary prospect. In a majority of surgeries there are a whole host of complications that can and may arise. However, some of us contemplate the possibilities or chances the doctor might make a mistake and operate on the patient to conclude that he or she performed an incorrect procedure on the entire wrong side or part of the body. Sadly, this doe happen a lot. Many will find it interesting to learn of out-of-state medical malpractices which lead to a recently filed lawsuit against neurosurgeon Dr. Armond Levy. The doctor had scheduled 53 year old Regina Turner of St. Ann on April 4th for a “left-sided craniotomy bypass” at St. Clare Health Center in Fenton. The patient had been having multiple problems and her health began eroding by series or multiple mini-strokes and affected her speaking ability but was still able to be understood. The surgery took place on the scheduled date, to correct the health erosion and stop the patient from having anymore strokes. It took a number of hours to complete the surgery only to conclude that the doctor and the operating team had done the entire correct procedure on the wrong side of her brain. After recognizing the mistake they performed the procedure on the correct side of the brain six days after the prior surgery. Before the incorrect surgery the plaintiff (Turner) was very mobile and able to care for herself as well as being cognizant. After the surgery had taken place Turner now has to have around-the-clock care for her basic needs and is also unable to speak intelligibly. She will also continue to suffer from anxiety, disfigurements, and emotional distress, as well as depression. The suit accuses the performing neurosurgeon Dr. Armond Levy and the SSM with negligence and carelessness that led to a “wrong-site surgery”. The SSM officials declined from giving any comments pertaining to the pending litigation. Bill Hoefer, the...
References: Newyorkcitymedicalmalpracticeblog.com, and stltoday.com
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