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Surgeon Removes Wrong Lung From Patient

Surgeon Removes Wrong Lung From Patient

N.J. Surgeon’s License Suspended After He Removes Wrong Lung

A New Jersey Surgeon has been stripped of his medical license after removing the wrong lung from a patient and trying to conceal his mistake.

surgeon removes wrong lung Surgeon Removes Wrong Lung From Patient

Dr Santusht Perera, who practices at the Hoboken University Medical Center removed a portion of the patient’s right lung instead of removing a tumor in the left lung. Perera then informed the patient that the right lung contained a life threatening tumor, even though there was no such growth.

Furthermore, Perera altered the patients records in an effort to show that he had intended to operate on the right lung.

The State Board of Medical Examiners determined that Perera’s actions constituted gross negligence, his medical license was then suspended. The board said,

“[This] “tragic error” could have been prevented if Dr. Perera had taken “the most basic and minimal of actions that should be taken by a surgeon in advance of surgery.”

Perera’s lawyer, Michael J. Keating was on holiday and not available to comment on the case however David Wald, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office said no other complaints were pending against the doctor.

Perera, was ordered to pay $81,000 in fines and reimbursement costs and can reapply for the restoration of his medical license in 6 months.

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