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Man receives 3.3 million after he loses his sight following unnecessary heart surgery

A man received $3.3 million in a medical malpractice case after unnecessary heart bypass surgery left him nearly blind (30% vision remaining in one eye and virtually none in the other). The man initially sought medical advice after suffering pain in his left arm after exercising. After tests, doctors said he needed a bypass but the man's attorney claims that they mixed up patient names and the man's blood flow was actually good. The vision damage occurred because doctors failed to notice that he was suffering from internal bleeding after the surgery. Drugs to given to raise his blood pressure and lack of blood supply and hence oxygen to the optical nerve caused the damage.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by San Francisco Chronicle

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About: Man receives 3.3 million after he loses his sight following unnecessary heart surgery

Date: 2 December 2004

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Author: Alex Barnum

URL: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/12/02/BAGDLA51NT1.DTL

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