Woman Sues Surgeon For Operating On Wrong Side Of Brain

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    Regina Turner of St. Louis is suing SSM Health Care-St. Louis, for allegedly operating on the wrong side of her skull and brain, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    Turner went in to St. Clare Health Center on April 4th to receive a left-sided craniotomy bypass.

    Instead, she received a craniotomy for the right side of her brain, according to a complaint filed in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County in Clayton.

    The suit charges SSM and the doctor who operated on Turner with negligence and carelessness. Turner also reportedly suffered cognitive defects from the surgery, the complaint alleges.

    “Before the incorrect surgery, plaintiff was mobile, cognizant, and able to care for herself,” the suit charges. “After the incorrect surgery, [Turner] requires around-the-clock care for her basic needs.  [She] will also continue to suffer from emotional distress, anxiety, disfigurement and depression.” Turner cannot speak clearly, lawyer Alvin Wolff Jr. added.

    After the operating team discovered their mistake, they ordered a second surgery six days later on the left side of Turner’s brain.

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    3 thoughts on “Woman Sues Surgeon For Operating On Wrong Side Of Brain

    1. Not good. Thank God she is alive even because brain surgery is serious. Yes, she desires enough to make life as comfortable as possible. I pray she gets a miracle even with her brain functions and in her every day living.

    2. This is crazy! i don’t know how that mistake could have been made. When I had shoulder surgery (rotator cuff), I was asked several times before surgery by several surgery personnel as to which shoulder would it be-left or right?- and that shoulder was marked with a pen. You would think that more caution would be made in the case of brain surgery. Again, unbelievable!

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