WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A woman from Iowa filed a lawsuit against a surgeon from South Dakota for professional negligence.
- Dena Knapp of Milford alleged that Dr. Scott Baker mistakenly removed her right kidney instead of an adrenal gland and an associated mass.
- According to the lawsuit, Baker admitted his mistake but denied he violated the standard of care.
An Iowa woman filed a lawsuit after her healthy kidney was mistakenly removed by a surgeon from South Dakota. Though he admitted his mistake, he denied that he did not follow the standard of care as stated in his response to the lawsuit.
Dena Knapp of Milford filed case charges last month alleging professional negligence against Dr. Scott Baker. The surgeon and The Surgical Institute of South Dakota admitted in a response to Knapp’s complaint that Baker removed her right kidney instead of an adrenal gland and an associated mass, Argus Leader narrated.
Following her October 2016 operation, she contracted stage-three kidney disease.
In their response, Baker and the Sioux Falls hospital refute the nature, scope and extent of the complainant’s claimed injuries, losses and damages.
Knapp asserted that she wasn’t notified about the mistake not until she was discharged from the hospital. On the day of the procedure, Baker knew that he hadn’t removed the adrenal gland because Avera McKennan Hospital’s pathology department alerted him, according to the lawsuit.
Instead, Baker denied the accusation in his response, stating that Knapp was informed with the mistake on the day of her surgery.
According to Knapp’s medical records, “a very superiorly located right adrenal gland,” which was close to the large lobe of her liver, was stated in the defendant’s answer.
Both Baker and The Surgical Institute asserted that they did not violate the standard of care by the removal of the kidney, failure to remove the adrenal gland and failure to admit the mistake. Moreover, they deny that Knapp endured damages.
Knapp opted for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota to have her adrenal gland removed.
Source: ABC News