Readers of this blog have likely read stories of medical malpractice in the past. And, just like we hear about medical breakthroughs that blow our minds, so to do we crazy stories of medical malpractice. These four stories had lifechanging outcomes.
The surgery on the wrong appendage is a not uncommon issue. Though, completely taking off the wrong leg is, luckily, a rarity. Unfortunately, that was what one diabetic man went through when he went in for knee surgery related to diabetes-related circulatory disease.
The old adage, of idle hands came true for a 33-year-old construction worker. He had a psychotic break, believed his hand was evil and cut it off at work. Luckily, a co-worker saved the hand in a cooler with ice, and the worker was rushed to the hospital to have the hand re-attached. Though, since the man still believed his hand was evil, he refused to allow the doctor to re-attach it. This left the doctor in a difficult situation because he could possibly be sued if put the hand back on, but also if he did not put the hand back on. So, he consulted a judge, which shielded him and the hospital from liability under Virginia law. The finding: the man got his wish.
A fatherly mix-up
A couple in our area of the country sued a fertility clinic when they found out their child’s father was not, in fact, the father. Apparently, there was a mix-up with sperm at the fertility clinic, which resulted in the wrong man’s sperm being utilized. The couple discovered the error when the child was born and appeared to be a different race.
In what has become all too common occurrence, a California woman had to have nearly 20 inches of small intestine removed because a surgeon forgot eight-inch surgical forceps inside the woman’s body during a prior surgery. Forgetting items inside patients is a shockingly common occurrence, but seldom are the items so large. These stories, while, luckily, rare, medical malpractice, generally is not for Harrisburg and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, residents.