Man Sues Following Surgical Mistake That Nearly Killed Him

( — A Washington man is suing a doctor from the University of Washington Medicine over a botched surgery last December that left him fighting for his life, KIRO reported.

George Piano of Lake Forest Park, Washington, is alleging that he nearly died and is still suffering after the doctor performing his appendectomy removed a piece of his colon instead of his appendix.

Piano told KIRO that he and his family decided to sue to prevent something like this from happening to someone else.

He told the outlet that on December 6, 2022, he went to the emergency room at the University of Washington Medical Center Northwest, suffering from abdominal pain. He was diagnosed with appendicitis and was sent to surgery.

Piano said when he woke up the following morning, he was in severe pain, much worse than the pain that brought him to the ER the previous day.

According to the complaint, Piano was forced to undergo a second surgery to remove his appendix since the surgeon removed part of his colon during the first operation. The lawsuit also alleges that the surgeon punctured Piano’s colon when he botched the surgery, causing sepsis and an infection.

Piano told KIRO that he nearly died from the subsequent infection caused by the leaking colon, and the surgeon who botched the appendectomy failed to address the problem for more than a week.

According to Piano, since his surgery, he has spent 53 days in the hospital, dropped around 40 pounds, and suffered other complications.

In a statement to KIRO, the University of Washington Medicine said it strives to “provide the best possible care” for its patients and said patient “safety and well-being” are important. The hospital would not comment on the specifics of the lawsuit.

The lawsuit does not specify the amount of money Piano is seeking in damages and compensation.

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