A Texas jury has awarded $4,000,000 to a man who sued DeTar Hospital Navarro and surgeon John Barber. The surgeon was cleared of negligence in the lawsuit which alleged that a surgical sponge was left in Ronald Molder after gallbladder surgery.
According to Dr. Barber’s post-surgery report, he had confirmed twice the sponge count with surgical nurses. Nurses are ultimately responsible for sponge counts and other surgical supplies after surgery.
As a result of the sponge that remained in Ronald Molder’s body, the patient had to endure further surgeries and remained hospitalized for an additional 80 days.
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