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Surgeon's history comes back to bite her in Illinois lawsuit

Neurosurgery is considered to be one of the more complicated areas of medicine. This is why many patients in need of a neurosurgeon trust that they are receiving care from an exceptionally qualified physician.. Unfortunately, one Illinois family is figuring out the consequences of a medical accident caused by a neurosurgeon's negligence.

The physician in question worked at a medical center in Rockford, Illinois, and is currently facing a medical malpractice claim brought forward by a former patient.

The surgeon worked at the Illinois hospital from 2006 to 2010 after she moving from another state where she allowed her medical license to lapse as part of a deal she made with state officials. In that state, more than 3,000 of her surgeries were reviewed and analyzed. More than a dozen brought concerns to state officials and the physician admitted to making mistakes during four of them.

Officials at the Illinois hospital hired the doctor with knowledge of her errant past. In fact, the medical center created a plan to deal with the possibility of her background becoming an issue. Now that her history has become public, she is no longer at the hospital.

The doctor is being sued by at least one patient who was operated on in 2007. The physician in question performed left-side back surgery, which fixed some of the problems on the left side, according to the doctor's attorneys. The patient claims that her surgery caused issues to arise on the opposite side of her body, including complications with her right foot. Since then, the patient feels as if her quality of life has declined.

In the lawsuit, it is noted that the patient inquired about the physician's background. Reportedly, she was not told the whole story, even though she inquired directly about the doctor's practice in her former state.

Source: Rockford Register Star, "Doctor sued in Rockford had trouble in Colorado, too," Melissa Westphal, Dec. 18, 2012

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