Hospital and Surgeon Sued for Medical Malpractice

Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno California and Dr. Pervaiz Chaudhry are being sued for medical malpractice stemming from a medical procedure that left 72-year-old Silvino Perez in a vegetative state. According to the local ABC news affiliate, “Family members sued both hospital and the Valley heart surgeon for putting Silvino Perez on life support. The family believes what happened during Perez’s surgery could have been prevented and they want to make sure no one else gets hurt. A civil lawsuit filed April 2012 details how Perez went into a Downtown Fresno hospital for open heart surgery. State investigators believe the hospital and Dr. Pervaiz Chaudhry put him in immediate jeopardy. But the state and his son were only alerted after an anonymous call from a nurse who was in the operating room at the time.” The State Department of Health has already fined the hospital. ABC News is reporting, “The State Department of Health believes the doctor left the room and told a physician’s assistant to finish the operation. But investigators found he never closed up the patient’s chest before he did. The complications sent the elderly man into a vegetative state.”