An active woman who had suffered a series of mini-strokes went in for surgery to reduce her risk of a serious stroke. Instead, she came out wheelchair-bound and unable to speak intelligibly.
Regina Turner, a 53-year-old woman from St. Louis County, recently filed a Missouri medical malpractice lawsuit against SSM St. Clare Health Center in Fenton, where the botched brain surgery took place.
A hospital spokesperson acknowledged that one of the hospital's neurosurgeons performed a craniotomy bypass surgery on the wrong side of Turner's brain on April 4. Dr. Armond Levy was supposed to operate on the left side of Turner's brain but instead operated on the right.
As a result of the botched brain surgery, Turner, a St. Ann resident, is in need of constant medical care, confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak intelligibly. It is unclear if her condition is permanent.
Public records show that Levy, 46, has a relatively clean track record as a doctor, with two malpractice lawsuits filed against him since he first started his career in 1996. The hospital itself typically receives high ratings on various patient and employee surveys.
A hospital spokesperson issued a public apology to Turner and announced that a full review is being conducted of the incident and of the hospital's quality control measures. He declined to say what exactly caused the wrong-site surgery or if Levy or any of his surgical staff is being disciplined.
Turner, a former paralegal, is suing the hospital on the grounds of carelessness and negligence. Her attorney, Alvin Wolff, has not said how much compensation she is requesting.