Doctor won’t be disciplined over botched operation

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A former suburban St. Louis health care company neurosurgeon will face no state disciplinary action for operating on the wrong side of a woman’s brain.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1zSbwzK ) reports that the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts says the case is considered closed.

The patient, Regina Turner, went to SSM St. Clare Health Center in Fenton, Missouri, in April 2013 for surgery on the left side of her brain aimed at reducing her stroke risk. The surgery was instead performed on the right side of her brain. SSM Health Care apologized at the time and acknowledged the mistake.

A lawsuit over the surgery was settled in January, but the details are private. The lawsuit said the botched surgery left Turner with potentially lifelong medical problems.

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