Thursday, November 29, 2007

Doc Not Negligent

Remember that tubal ligation case I mentioned last week?

Looks like the jury is in:
Doctor not negligent in case where woman lost limbs: jury
as found on the CBC News website.

The six-person jury [Lisa's note - 6 person ALL-FEMALE jury] reached that decision Wednesday afternoon after deliberating for two days in the case of Dr. Kenneth Graham and Lisa Baert.

Eight years ago, Baert lost her hands and feet and suffered brain damage after tubal ligation surgery was performed by Graham.

During the trial held over the past month, the jury heard her bowel was punctured during the sterilization procedure at a Lloydminster hospital and the mistake wasn't discovered for days. There was a second operation and Baert suffered a cardiac arrest. She went into septic shock and had her limbs amputated in an Alberta hospital.

The family claimed Graham was negligent and was seeking more than $10 million in damages. The doctor denied he was negligent, saying his patient didn't follow instructions after she was discharged from the hospital.

The jury heard the case over several weeks. It decided Graham did meet the standard of care required of him. It also decided he received the informed consent of Baert for the tubal ligation.

Baert currently lives in a long-term care facility in Saskatoon.

Let this be a lesson to guys out there - get vasectomies ... just kidding (kind of) ... I don't mean to trivialize a horrible story, and I'm certainly NOT suggesting that her husband is to blame in any way - but I have to admit that it's what occurred to me while I was reading it. Vasectomies, vasectomies, vasectomies.

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