$2M awarded to man who had surgery on wrong side of brain

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) — The family of a man left permanently impaired by an operation on the wrong side of his brain has been awarded $2 million by Arkansas’ Claims Commission.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the commission announced Tuesday that it found doctors and administrators at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences were negligent in the 2004 surgery of Cody Metheny. Metheny, who was 15 at the time, had an operation at Arkansas Children’s Hospital to reduce the number of seizures he was experiencing.

According to the commission, UAMS staff members “fraudulently concealed the facts of the surgery” from Metheny’s family, which was unaware of damage done to their son until an unrelated examination.

UAMS spokesman Leslie Taylor said staff members disagree with the decision, saying UAMS and the children’s hospital are two separate legal entities.

The $2 million claim will have to be approved by a legislative subcommittee.


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