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Patient Sues Surgeons, Hospital Over Brain Surgery

Fri, 09/25/2009 - 5:13am

The patient was under anesthesia when a brain surgeon refused to step in for a no-show colleague

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A patient who was under anesthesia when a brain surgeon refused to step in for a no-show colleague is suing both doctors as well as the New York hospital.

Jennifer Ronca of Tunkhannock, Pa., sued Thursday in state court in Mineola. The suit seeks unspecified damages against the surgeons and North Shore University Hospital-Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

She is claiming "carelessness and negligence" after the surgery had to be postponed.

Attorney Anthony M. Sola speaks for the hospital and the doctors, Paolo Bolognese (PAH'-lo boh-loh-NAY'-zee) and Thomas Milhorat (MIL'-ur-at). He says that the delay didn't injure the woman and that she later had successful surgery.

The state has filed 14 citations against the hospital.

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