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Killer Surgeon Convicted

Last month, a neurosurgeon from Texas was convicted of harming an elderly patient in his operating room. Dr. Christopher Duntsch was indicted on five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of harming an elderly person, however the prosecution decided to only try the latter. The patient, 74-year-old Mary Efurd, was supposed to be undergoing a routine fusion of two vertabrae, but instead suffered severe pain from fusion hardware being misplaced in her soft muscle causing nerve damage. So how did this become a criminal case instead of a medical malpractice claim? Because Dr. Duntsch had done this before and he knew that his outcomes were so poor that Ms. Efurd was likely to wind up injured under his care.

You survived a preventable surgical error: Now, what?

You work hard and do your best to make ends meet. Like many others in Chicago and throughout the United States, the recent economic crisis and changes in the health care system may have hit you hard. The last you thing you need on top of all that is to suffer injury or illness because a surgeon botched your operation.

The terrible 'never event' mistake that surgeons still make

It is amazing to think that surgical tools as small as screws and sponges can harm the human body so much when surgeons accidently leave them behind after an operation. This type of medical malpractice is considered so preventable that experts call it a "never event," or an error doctors should never make.

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