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Woman has wrong rib removed, sues Yale and doctors

New Yorkers may be appalled after hearing that doctors at a hospital affiliated with Yale University allegedly removed the wrong body part from a woman during surgery, according to a recent lawsuit filed against the operating team and the hospital. Reportedly, after the wrong part removal happened, at least one doctor then attempted to cover up the error.

The 60-year-old plaintiff alleges that she was scheduled for surgery to remove a portion of her eighth rib that had a precancerous lesion on it. The surgical team allegedly instead removed the woman's seventh rib, something she didn't learn until later going in after experiencing pain following the surgery.

After she was x-rayed, a doctor told her the team had removed the wrong rib. Then, a doctor who had participated in the original surgery allegedly told her that she would need an additional surgery because they had not removed enough of the correct rib, rather than admitting to removing the wrong one entirely. While the hospital released a statement saying it had admitted the error and apologized to the woman, she stated that no such apology was ever received.

When people suffer a surgery on the wrong body part, they may be left facing debilitating injuries as well as needing to undergo additional surgeries. In addition to needless extra medical expenses, they may not be able to return to work for additional periods, making their financial situation even more precarious. Those who find themselves in this type of unfortunate situation may want to have help from a lawyer in seeking compensation from the health care practitioners and facility for these and other losses.

Source: CNN, "Patient accuses Yale doctors of cover-up, removing wrong body part," Elizabeth Cohen, March 24, 2016.

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