Posted by jclark | Posted in Medical Malpractice
A personal injury lawsuit filed by a Missouri woman claims that a St. Louis neurosurgeon operated on the wrong side of her brain, according to an alarming report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Sources say that 53-year-old Regina Turner was the victim of an allegedly botched brain operation, and as a result of the trauma, is no longer able to speak intelligibly.
According to Turner’s personal injury attorney, she was scheduled to have a craniotomy bypass on the left side of her head on April 4 at St. Clare Health Center in Fenton, Missouri, sources say.
But Turner alleges that Dr. Armond Levy, a 46-year-old neurosurgeon who has battled several malpractice lawsuits during his career, performed the operation on the wrong side of her brain.
Once doctors realized they had made a mistake, they performed the same operation on the correct side of her brain six days later, according to sources.
Unfortunately, the new operation allegedly failed to reverse the damage caused by the first, and Turner is now no longer able to take care of herself, which she was able to do before the operation.
According to the lawsuit, Turner now requires “around the clock care for her basic needs,” and also continues to suffer from a broad range of maladies, including “emotional distress, anxiety, disfigurement, and depression.”
In addition to her surgeon, the lawsuit also names SSM Health Care-St. Louis, the owner of St. Clare Health Center, as a defendant, and accuses it and her doctor of “negligence and carelessness” stemming from a “wrong-sided surgery.”
Officials at SSM refused to comment on the pending medical malpractice claim, but Bill Hoefer, a spokesman for St. Clare Health Center, told sources that the hospital remains “committed to patient safety and the highest-quality health care.”
In addition, Hoefer noted that, “if a medical error does occur, we take it very seriously. We investigate thoroughly to see what processes can be changed to prevent it from ever happening again, and then we make those changes immediately.”
Sources say Levy, the alleged target of the suit, which only identifies the doctor as “A.L.,” is a board-certified neurosurgeon.
But despite his certification, the lawsuit alleges that Levy failed to exercise reasonable care. It also alleges that his staff “stood by and watched A.L. operate on the wrong side of the plantiff’s skull and brain when they could have prevented the error.”
According to sources, Turner is asking for enough personal injury damages to “punish” SSM and the neurosurgeon for their “indifference to or conscious disregard for the safety of Regina Turner.”