Doctor Who Took Out Wrong Organ Fined

Tue, 06/08/2010 - 7:27am

Health News Florida reports Monday that the board said Bernard Zaragoza is a good doctor, but he had bad luck. A state hearing officer recommended a penalty of a $5,000 fine and 50 hours of community service.

Zaragoza has to reimburse the state $25,000 for the state's costs of investigation and prosecution.

The 83-year-old patient he operated on in 2007 had his kidney located where his gallbladder should have been. Zaragoza cut the kidney out before discovering that.

Zaragoza said: "It's a complication I never heard of, dreamed of, or imagined could happen."


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