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June 09, 2005

No, no... your other left.

This is scary...

"When Elie Ghawi woke up from brain surgery at Loyola University Medical Center, he discovered his surgeon had operated on the wrong side of his head, a lawsuit claims.

The next year, the same thing happened to Rashida Aziz, a patient at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center, a second lawsuit alleges.

Such wrong-site surgeries happen with surprising frequency, despite efforts in recent years by medical groups to prevent them."


For a full freak out, the story is here.

Posted by Dan at June 9, 2005 01:12 PM

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When I had ACL reconstructive surgery, the surgeon intentionally wrote in a black "Sharpie" on the correct LEFT kneecap; "This one"

After surgery and after several weeks of rehab, the black marker wore off. Although it was on my knee and not my forehead, I'd rather have a little text in front of me than to have an incorrect frontal lobotomy!

Say that ten times fast!

Posted by: doug at June 9, 2005 02:49 PM

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