Deadly Mistake at Rhode Island Hospital

by Ryan on August 24, 2007

in Rhode Island

An 86-year-old brain surgery patient, whose name is yet to be released, eventually died Saturday of a botched operation.  The nurse practitioner didn’t specify which side of the patient’s brain needed to be operated on, but the doctor went ahead anyway, on memory of an old CT scan.  Once he realized his mistake he began to work on the proper side.  The result was three weeks of agony and eventual death of the patient. 

A sense a huge lawsuit in the works!  Doctors and nurse practitioners make a heck of a lot of money.  Given all that money and the prestige of the job, there’s no excuse for this kind of deadly gaffe– especially with brain surgery!  Dr. Frederick Harrington is currently under investigation because of it and Lifespan, the company that owns Rhode Island Hospital, has come out strongly against the doctor, wanting to know if the mistake led directly to the patient’s death.

Plus, those of you who’ve never lived in Rhode Island cannot appreciate how small it is.  Everybody knows everybody by about two degrees of separation.  New Jersey is 8.5 times larger than RI in population and seven times its size in square miles.  Add the fact that nearly all of RI’s million residents live within 25 minutes of Providence or Newport.  When something like this happens, everyone gets freaked out, panics, and it stays in the local news for a long, long time.

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Mag September 7, 2007 at 8:29 pm

WHAT ABOUT THE PATIENTS WHO DIDN’T DIE BUT ARE DISABLED BECAUSE OF A BOTCHED SURGERY FROM DR HARRINGTON.NO LAWYER WILL GIVE US THE TIME OF DAY HOW SAD TO THINK THAT A MAN HAS TO DIE BEFORE SOMEONE WILL LISTEN.I WONDER HOW MANY WILL COME FORWARD NOW THAT THE CATS OUT OF THE BAG.

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