Oregon Doctor Operates on Wrong Eye of Washington Boy
When four-year-old Jesse Matlock went in for surgery last Wednesday, doctors were supposed to operate on his right eye to stop it from wandering. But his parents said that’s not what happened.
They said his eye surgeon first mistakenly operated on his left eye, realized her mistake and then repeated the same operation on his right eye – the correct eye.
“I have not noticed any improvement in the right eye and as far as I can tell the left is now wandering,” said Tasha Gaul, Jesse’s mother. Now Gaul is concerned about what this unnecessary surgery will do to his vision in the future.
“My husband and I were in awe, we were like ‘can you repeat that again?” Gaul said. “She said, ‘frankly, I lost sense of direction and didn’t realize I had operated on the wrong eye until I was done operating on the eye.’”
The surgery was done at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. The hospital’s Chief Administrative Officer, said they have procedures to help prevent mistakes like this.
“We have a critical incident team that will be responding to it, that will be interviewing all of our staff in the operating room as well as private practice physicians in the operating room that were involved,” said hospital CAO Dr. Lori Morgan. “Our hope is to never have it happen again in any of our hospitals.”
Dr. Goodman is not a Legacy employee but was using their operating facilities.
“Something went wrong with their checklist,” said Dale Matlock, Jesse’s father. “They came in and circled his eye, for which eye they were going to operate on. Then (Dr. Goodman) proceeded with the left, the wrong eye.”
As Seattle area medical malpractice attorneys, we are shocked that Dr. Goodman operated on the wrong eye even though the correct eye had been circled. We hope that Jesse recovers quickly from his surgery and that he doesn’t suffer any adverse side effects as a result of this unnecessary surgery.
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