Medical Malpractice in Wrong Site Operation ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Medical Malpractice in Wrong Site Operation

A 4-year-old boy waits to find out if his sight has been permanently damaged after a surgeon operated on the wrong eye. Apparently the mark, which indicated the eye needing correction, was mistakenly covered by a nurse before the surgery. “How did the doctor explain herself? She says she simply "lost sense of direction and didn't realize I had operated on the wrong eye until I was done operating on the eye."” David Perecman believes this answer is not sufficient. "Dr. Shawn Goodman needs to explain why she continued the surgery if she was not certain what eye to perform surgery on," said Perecman, founder of the New York medical malpractice law firm. When the surgeon realized her mistake, she then operated on the correct eye, without his parents' consent. Since the wrong site operation, the boy’s mother Tasha Gaul has not seen any improvement in the right eye and now the boy’s left eye appears to be wandering. He also has red marks in the whites of his eyes and has to put drops in three times a day. Wrong site surgery is such a serious medical mistake that the World Health Organization (WHO) has published a 19-item surgical safety checklist recommended for use in every operating room for every procedure. Medical Malpractice can include any error relating to surgery.

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