The National Academy of Science is reporting that close to 100,000 people who die each year are the victim of preventable medical mistakes. A medical mistake can mean a doctor chose the wrong type of care in response to a medical problem or provided the correct type of care but carried it out incorrectly.
Comedian Dana Carvey is one of the lucky ones. Mr. Carvey believed he was having a double coronary artery bypass which would save his life. Instead his doctors bypassed the wrong artery. Luckily, he survived the mistake. He has filed a $7.5 million lawsuit against the surgeon who made the mistake.
The sugeon claims he made an honest mistake, in part because Mr. Carvey had an unusual anatomic architecure. Carvey doesn’t see it that way. “It’s like removing the wrong kidney. It’s that big a mistake,” the entertainer told People magazine.