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Surgeon Operates On Wrong Leg, Denies Mistake

Thu, 08/15/2013 - 2:11pm

It's a patient's worst nightmare: going in for surgery, only to have the wrong body part operated on.

A woman said it happened to her at Florida's Halifax Health, and a scathing new report reveals how the surgeon never told the patient he made a mistake and even tried to justify his work.

On Wednesday, Halifax said "the procedure was immediately stopped." and "the patient and family were informed."

A report by state investigators says the surgeon told the patient the surgery on the wrong leg was justified because she would have needed it eventually.

He told investigators, "I was thinking more about myself and justifying what was done to the patient."

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