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An orthopedic surgeon is being held accountable for a cutting a patient's bowel following surgery to pin her fractured hip, resulting in complications requiring several operations to fix and a 90 day stint in intensive care. She suffered pain and infection secondary to the perforated bowel, the resultant scarring in her abdomen caused continuing pain, necessitating a further 15 operations. The hospital disputed that direct medical negligence led to the bowel perforation and that it could have been due to rupture secondary to post-operative constipation. The patient is seeking compensation for the cost of the extra surgeries.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by gmtoday
About: Costly hip operation for patient and hospital
Date: 3 December 2005
Author: Brian Huber
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