FENTON, Missouri (KSDK) - It was a botched brain surgery with massive consequences. A St. Ann woman went in for surgery on the left side of her brain, but the procedure was mistakenly performed on the right, and now the hospital is facing a lawsuit.
Pictures show proof. Fifty-three-year-old Regina Turner is seen in a photo with an indelible marking on the left side of her head. It was taken just before her April 4 surgery to put an end to a series of mini-strokes she'd been suffering from for several years.
Another photo shows Turner bandaged up on the right side after what's called a craniotomy bypass.
"I think everybody in the operating room screwed up. I think somehow her head was marked for the correct side," said Turner's Clayton-based attorney Alvin Wolff. "The incorrect side was prepped for surgery. A whole surgery was performed, and nobody noticed that the side was wrong."
Friday he filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against SSM Health Care St. Louis and neurosurgeon Dr. Armond Levy. He said negligence and carelessness led to the wrong-site surgery performed at St. Clare Health Center in Fenton.
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