Functional Kidney Wrongfully Removed

Surgeons at the Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, removed the wrong kidney in a patient during surgery. The patient was to have one kidney removed, because it was believed that the kidney had a tumor, which was thought to be cancerous…caringlawyers.com, 13 Disturbing Cases of Medical Malpractice

The discovery of the horrific mistake was uncovered when the pathologist on call at the hospital examined the removed kidney and discovered no evidence of cancer.

Fortunately for the patient, the suspect kidney remained intact and functioning. Per the family’s request, no more details were released about the incident.

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Kayur V. Patel, MD, MRO, FACP, FACPE, FACHE, FACEP
KayurVPatel@ExpertWitness.MD

Hospital and Surgeon Pay More than $1 Million For Amputating Wrong Leg

One of the most shocking cases from the archives of medical negligence was the case of Mr. Willie King. He was admitted to University Community Hospital in Tampa, Florida to have his leg amputated. During the procedure, the wrong leg was amputated…caringlawyers.com, nytimes.com, 13 Disturbing Cases of Medical Malpractice, Hospital Settles Case of Amputation Error

By the time the surgeons realized their mistake, it was too late to reverse the damage caused, and the leg had to be removed.

The attending surgeon was fined $10,000, and his medical license was revoked for six months. The hospital paid Mr. King $900,000, and the surgeon personally paid him another $250,000. The hospital admitted that a chain of errors culminated in the wrong leg being prepped for the surgery.

The mistake-plagued hospital, after a federal investigation, received a temporary ban on conducting elective surgeries.

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Kayur V. Patel, MD, MRO, FACP, FACPE, FACHE, FACEP
KayurVPatel@ExpertWitness.MD

Surgery Tool Left Inside The Patient

Donald Church underwent a surgery at the University of Washington Medical Centre to remove a tumor located in his abdomen. The tumor was removed. In its stead was left a 13 inch long metal retractor…caringlawyers.com, http://news.bbc.co.uk/, 13 Disturbing Cases of Medical Malpractice, Foot-long tool ‘left in patient’

Donald went through extreme pain and agony for 2 months post surgery. When he complained to the doctors about it, they told him it was normal after a major surgery. It was only after his family doctor noticed a foreign object in his stomach during a routine x-ray examination that the doctors at the University of Washington Medical Centre admitted to the mistake.

Donald went through another surgery to remove the retractor and made full recovery. The University of Washington Medical Centre paid almost $100,000 compensation to Mr. Church.

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Kayur V. Patel, MD, MRO, FACP, FACPE, FACHE, FACEP
KayurVPatel@ExpertWitness.MD

Man Remains Awake During Exploratory Surgery

In a rare medical malpractice case, in 2007, the family of Sherman Sizemore, a 73 year old Baptist minister from West Virginia filed a wrongful death suit against Raleigh Anesthesia Associates who they claim, failed to give their father the drugs necessary to render him unconscious…caringlawyers.com, register-herald.com, 13 Disturbing Cases of Medical Malpractice, Civil suit alleges lack of anesthesia led to suicide, 2020

The suit claimed that Sherman Sizemore was paralyzed but fully aware of what was occurring for 16 minutes after the first incision of an exploratory laparotomy at Raleigh General Hospital on Jan. 19, 2006. Due to the paralysis, he was unable to move, speak or communicate.

They believe the uncharacteristic behavior Sizemore experienced – such as being afraid of being alone and being buried alive – in the days following the procedure were symptoms of a psychological condition that stemmed from the trauma of his anesthesia awareness and would ultimately result in his suicide two weeks after the surgery.

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Kayur V. Patel, MD, MRO, FACP, FACPE, FACHE, FACEP
KayurVPatel@ExpertWitness.MD

Girl Dies from Incompatible Blood Type

Jesica was a 17-year-old Mexican girl with congenital restrictive cardiomyopathy. Her parents moved to Durham, North Carolina, home of Duke University Medical Center, one of America’s best to have her treated…caringlawyers.com, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, 13 Disturbing Cases of Medical Malpractice, When Jesica Died, Photo Courtesy: indyweek.com, 2020

On 7 February surgeon James Jaggers had almost completed the operation when he learnt that the organs came from a donor with type A blood, incompatible with Jesica’s type O. The story became front page news. Jesica was kept on life support systems while a second transplant was sought—and, astonishingly, found. Despite the second transplant, Jesica died from irreversible brain damage on 22 February.

Jesica’s story was covered extensively in the national news and was followed by a Texas lawsuit. A 17 month old girl died after receiving a partial liver transplant from her father, who was incompatible, instead of from her mother, who was compatible. Apparently a laboratory mixed up the results of blood typing on the girl’s parents.

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Kayur V. Patel, MD, MRO, FACP, FACPE, FACHE, FACEP
KayurVPatel@ExpertWitness.MD