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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Surgeon operates on the wrong eye of a boy

A Washington couple is considering a malpractice suit when an Oregon doctor performed surgery to their 4-year-old son Jesse Matlock on the wrong eye.
Tasha Gaul, the boy's mother said of his surgeon after last week's operation, "She said, 'Frankly, I lost sense of direction and didn't realize I had operated on the wrong eye until I was done operating on the eye,'" in a report by the AP.
Jesse has a condition known as ‘wandering eyes’ that cause the eye balls to deviate from alignment when looking at objects. It is due to the weakness of the muscles around the eye that will make patients with the disorder look squinted.
The eye that needs correction was the right side but the mother said Dr. Shawn Goodman operated on the boy's left eye. The doctor then went ahead with the surgery on the right side.
In a report by the ABC News, Gaul said when the first nurse came out during the surgery, "They didn't tell us about the doctor accidentally operating on the wrong eye. They just said they were operating on both.
"As far as responsibility, at that point when they realized, I felt they were trying to cover it up at first. I don't know if that was because the doctor wanted to be the one to tell us, [but] from what they said, I felt like they were trying to hide something at the time."
She has not seen any improvement in the involved eye and the left eye seem to be affected too.
The surgeon from Lake Oswego did not immediately reply to a message on Tuesday.
Details of this report here.

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