NM VA Center Left Medical Sponges In Patient, Suit Claims

Law360, Los Angeles (July 11, 2017, 8:39 PM EDT) -- The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was hit with a medical malpractice and negligence lawsuit in federal court Monday, claiming that its staff left medical sponges inside an elderly patient during heart surgery and provided him with improper care.

The lawsuit by Joseph Daniel “Danny” Ortega and his wife stems from a valve replacement heart surgery that Said Yassin, who works at the medical center, performed on then-70-year-old Ortega on May 4, 2016, according to the complaint.

The procedure went well and Ortega felt fine the next day, but he was quickly told there was a “black spot”...

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