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Man Dies After Tonsil Surgery

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Man Dies After Tonsil Surgery

Man Dies From Tonsil Surgery After Doctors Incorrectly Adjusted His Breathing Tube.

The family of a man who died after having tonsil surgery are suing a La Mesa hospital alleging that doctors incorrectly adjusted his breathing tube causing the patient to suffocate and die.

sharp grossmont Man Dies After Tonsil Surgery

The San Diego County Superior Court law suit filed by the relatives of 59-year-old Harvey Houtkin who died in July at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, also alleges the hospital denied adjusting the tube in an attempt to cover up blame.

Sharp HealthCare spokesman John Cihomsky denies the allegations and a state investigation cleared the hospital of deficiencies in Houtkin’s care.

The coroner says Houtkin died of an abscess near his tonsils, and family attorney Bruce Fagel says an airway obstruction led to the man’s suffocation.

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