It’s nothing new for people to want to cover up their mistakes, but the popular saying about the cover up being worse than the crime rings especially true when it comes to medical malpractice. Dr. Ricardo Quarrie, a resident surgeon at Yale Hospital in Connecticut, is learning the hard way that lying is bad.
The woman who has filed a lawsuit against the fibbing physician went in for an operation to remove one of her ribs, her eighth rib to be specific, because of a lesion. She went home from the hospital with the impression everything had gone swimmingly, but soon realized she was still experiencing a great deal of pain. She went to have a follow-up X-ray with a different doctor who quickly noticed the problem.
Dr. Quarrie had removed the wrong rib. Not only that, but he had also left behind some metal coils used in the surgery. When the woman questioned Dr. Quarrie, he was quick to defend himself, saying that he hadn’t removed the wrong rib, but just hadn’t removed enough of it. Lies!
The doctor who discovered the medical error scheduled the woman for a new operation the next day. This time, the correct rib, the eighth one, was successfully removed along with the metal coils Dr. Quarrie had misplaced.
An attorney working on behalf of the patient claimed that she was adamant she would not have filed any lawsuit if it weren’t for the lying. She will no doubt be seeking compensation for medical expenses as well as pain and suffering.
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