A patient claiming wrong organ was removed is suing Yale Hospital. It seems that 60 years old Deborah Craven was supposed to have a portion of her seventh rib surgically removed in order to stop some pre-cancerous cells from spreading to other organs. But her doctor cut off her eighth rib, instead.
Craven already filed a lawsuit against two doctors, Yale University and Yale Hospital in New Haven. She claims that her surgeons performed her operation in a wrongful manner and that they then proceeded to lie about it instead of admitting their guilt.
The 60 years old discovered she had a precancerous lesion on her left rib. The doctors advised her to have the organ removed in order to avoid any cancer risk. But from what Craven says, easier said than done.
According to the woman’s attorney, Joel Faxon, Ricardo Quarrie and Anthony Kim were in charge of her case. Dr. Quarrie is the resident fellow of surgery assistant professor, Dr. Kim. It was Quarrie who operated while Kim assisted and evaluated.
But Quarrie seems to have mistaken the seventh and eight ribs and ended up chopping off the wrong bone.
After the procedure was completed, the plaintiff woke up and started feeling pain. This urged her surgeons to order more tests and an x-ray. After seeing the results, the surgery assistant professor told Craven and her family that they operated on the wrong rib.
But then the surgery fellow came along after only a few minutes and tried to tell them that they actually took too little from the affected rib and that they have to go back in and remove the entire affected tissue.
After noticing the discrepancy between the statements of the two doctors, the Craven family specifically requested that Dr. Quarrie, the fellow, should not participate in the second surgery. But Faxon, the family’s lawyer, owns medical evidence that their plea was not taken into consideration, and the fellow was present during the operation.
According to Faxon, the Cravens would not have sued the medical institution and the two doctors if Quarrie came clean about his mistake from the first time. Medical transparency, even if it involves admitting to a surgical error, is preferred.
The patient claiming wrong organ was removed is suing Yale Hospital, the two doctors, and Yale University. She is seeking up to $15,000 worth of moral and physical damage.
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