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Hospital Left Catheter in Heart

A medical malpractice lawsuit claims that doctors at a hospital left a five-inch catheter inside a man’s heart, causing an infection that complicated his fight against cancer, then tried to cover up the mistake. The man says that the hospital should have known that a catheter being used to treat his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma had broken off from a port in his chest after he began treatment. The catheter became a “time bomb” when it lodged in his heart and caused an infection which permanently damaged the organ. The medical center arranged for an operation to extract the catheter through his next and groin. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for negligence, medical malpractice, fraud and battery. The medical malpractice suit accuses the doctor of knowing the about the broken catheter “substantially before” the date the doctors claim to have discovered the device. The medical malpractice lawsuit also states that the doctor promoted surgery at the same hospital “in an attempt to extract the incriminating evidence” To read the full story, click here.

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