Routine Operation Results in Death of Patient

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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 22, 2017 – A 61-year-old man died after a non-invasive surgery to replace an aortic valve. Now, his son has filed a medical negligence lawsuit.

A Kansas City man was to receive an aortic valve for his heart condition. According to medical records, the patient was told that the procedure had a 99 percent success rate. The aortic valve repair was to be performed by making a small incision in the armpit and avoiding opening the chest cavity. Once the surgery began, the surgeon allegedly failed to follow the instructions for the successful replacement of the heart valve, according to the lawsuit.

During surgery, complications arose and the time limit for the procedure to be done safely was exceeded. The lawsuit states that the surgeon tried to complete the surgery by making a minimal opening in the chest rather than opening it completely. Eleven hours after the operation, the patient was moved to intensive care. The patient died two days later after being removed from life support.

The lawsuit alleges that the surgeon had never performed an aortic valve operation before and ignored advice from experienced doctors who offered to assist him in the operating room.

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