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After removing wrong rib, surgeon tries to cover up mistake

The world of medical malpractice has the tendency to attract the strange and the bizarre. Medical procedures are foreign concepts to begin with to many people, but when errors are made, they can seem even more incomprehensible. But even given all of this, the following medical malpractice story really does raise some eyebrows.

A woman who needed to have her eight rib removed due to a lesion went into surgery expecting everything to go well. After the procedure, she was still experiencing pain in the area, so she complained to a different doctor than the surgeon who performed the surgery. The doctor took an x-ray of the area, and they found something startling: the wrong rib was removed, and metal coils were left inside of her by accident.

Now, this would be enough to leave you shocked, right? Well it gets even more ridiculous. The original surgeon doubled down on his mistake, claiming that the correct rib was indeed removed and that he simply had to take more of the rib out. Essentially he was trying to cover up his mistake and override another doctor's diagnosis that clearly implicated the original surgeon for a botched procedure.

The woman is suing the doctor for his brazen attempt to cover up his mistake, and her lawyer even said that she wouldn't have sued if the doctor hadn't tried to ignore the obvious. It will be interesting to see if this lawsuit is settled (it probably will) and if so what kind of compensation the woman will deservedly receive.

Source: Medical Daily, "Medical Malpractice Suit: Doctor Removes Wrong Rib During Surgery, Lies To Cover Up Mistake," Dana Dovey, March 25, 2016

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