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Surgery error results in vision loss, malpractice suit

One of the most precious parts of a person's body is without question their eyes. Any surgery, medication, or other medical procedure that could permanently impact a person's ability to see is of an especially heightened importance and risk. During an ocular operation, even the smallest surgical error or hospital mistake could leave a person with impaired or completely lost vision for the rest of their life.

Philadelphia residents should take heed from one man's experience with a problematic cataract surgery. The man, who was being operated on earlier this year, awoke in the middle of doctors' operations and asked for the procedure to be stopped. What happened next is almost unbelievable, and has ultimately led to a serious medical malpractice suit.

Allegedly, technicians in the room placed tape over the man's mouth to quiet him and carried on with the operation. The patient also swallowed one of his own teeth whilst being held down on the operating table in what he has described as a torturous experience. The operation itself proved unsuccessful and, as a result, the man has since lost all vision in his right eye.

According to a study completed by Washington University in St. Louis, roughly 30,000 Americans regain consciousness during surgery every year. The phenomena is known as "anesthesia awareness" and can result in both mental anguish, medical mistakes, and extremely intense pain for patients.

The cataract patient's medical malpractice suit is seeking compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, disability, medical expense, and destruction of earning capacity specifically. Such a situation can be incredibly harrowing and cast future interactions with medical professionals in a new, frightening light. Working with an attorney experienced in medical malpractice law can be a restorative, financially beneficial decision for anyone hurt in any way by a surgical mistake.

Source: Opposing Views, "Man Sues Over Loss of Vision and Alleged Torture After Waking Up During Cataract Surgery," Sarah Rae Fruchtnicht, Feb. 26, 2013

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