Neurosurgeon forgets left from right in operation

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – A suburban St. Louis health care company is parting ways with a neurosurgeon who operated on the wrong side of a woman’s brain last year.

SSM Health Care and Dr. Armond Levy both confirm that his contract was not renewed. It expires in October. SSM says Levy was not fired and the decision had nothing to do with the surgery on 53-year-old Regina Turner of St. Ann, Missouri.

Turner went to SSM St. Clare Health Center in Fenton, Missouri, in April 2013 for surgery on the left side of her brain to reduce her stroke risk.

The surgery was instead performed on the right side of her brain. A lawsuit claiming that Turner will suffer potentially lifelong medical problems as a result of the botched surgery was settled in January.

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