A jury awarded $2.15 million in a medical malpractice suit for injuries sustained during a botched hip arthroscopy. The surgergy was unnecessary and was performed by a doctor who used the then-17-year-old patient as a “guinea pig,” according to the plaintiff’s attorney. The plaintiff had been an aspiring ballerina since she was two years old and had plans to continue dancing while in college. Ten years after the surgery, however, the woman continues to experience pain, needs a cane to walk, and will require further surgeries.
The jury also found the hospital where the procedure was performed to be partially responsible. The hospital should not have permitted the doctor to perform the procedure due to a lack of adequate training in what was a new procedure at the time. During the surgergy, the doctor broke pieces of the tools used in the procedure and damaged the plaintiff’s cartilege while retrieving the fragments of the broken tools.
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