Surgery Stories

February 8, 2016

Surgery is never a cake-walk, even when it goes right, but when it goes wrong it can be really crazy. 
Mom Has Emergency C-Section...But Doctors Can't Find the Baby
Imagine getting an emergency C-section and the doctors can't find your baby inside your body. That's exactly what happened according to mom of four, Amber Hughes, who went into labor at 30 weeks. She had been warned she would go into early labor by doctors after losing her mucus plug at 24 weeks. The young mum endured 36 hours of hard labor and when it became apparent the baby had an infection, they rushed her in to have a C-section. It wasn't long before Hughes knew something was very wrong. The doctors were moving about frantically and there was no crying heard for at least two minutes.  Turns out, Hughes was delivering her baby naturally at the exact moment the doctors were performing the C-section. All of a sudden, cries from baby Olly were heard, and he was found under the sheet. Hughes said, "For two minutes they had lost my baby. That is just ludicrous....My body was telling me it was ready and I should have listened to it. I now wear a scar that wasn't needed, across my tummy. I'm thankful my baby is okay, but we'll never be able to forget the day the doctors lost our baby." Amber is currently trying to get answers from the hospital. Thankfully, little Olly is healthy.

Miracle? Triad Man No Longer Disabled After 20 Years
After Fred suffered from carbonmonoxide poisoning, he essentialy became a disabled person. Migraines, memory loss, stuttering, stumbling and "loopy spells" became Fred's daily routine. He had to rely on a walking stick to walk, and he often had to sing words to overcome his stutter. Forced to quit the job he loved and give up his driver's license, Fred became a recluse at home. For 20 years, Fred lived as a disabled man with brain damage and limited mobility due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Then, one day, severe leg pain sent him to Guilford County spine surgeon Mark Dumonski's office. Dr. Dumonski determined Fred needed a two-part procedure -- a lumbar decompression and bone fusion. 

As documented in pre surgery notes, Fred had disclosed to Dr. Dumonski that he had long suffered from brain damage due to carbon monoxide and had asked whether the spine surgery would affect it. It did. And Fred vividly remembers the day he realized it.  "That's very strong in my memory. I had a physical therapist visiting. She was trying to get me to give up my walker, and I had walked independent on that walker. One day, I decided I’d try it. I didn’t veer to one side. I didn’t stumble. It was like I never had that problem. And it startled me a little bit," he said. "That was the first time I thought that maybe things had changed. Then I started thinking back and realized I was no longer stuttering and dropping into a sing-song voice. I tried to remember when was the last "drunken" loopy spell I had? It was prior to back surgery. I had not had a migraine headache since before the back surgery."

He had regained control of his life. He got his driver's license back and recently was able to take a cross-country road trip to visit his new granddaughter.  "It was like the sun coming up all over the world. I was just so elated," Fred emotionally remembers. But, how does a spine surgery suddenly and unexpectedly reverse permanent brain damage? After researching and consulting, Fred and Carol believe the anesthesia in the spine surgery could have played a factor. WFMY News 2 talked to Fred's anesthesiologist, Dr. Greg Smith, who declined to officially comment. He did acknowledge some of Fred's theory, saying concentrated oxygen from the long spinal surgery could have driven out carbon monoxide. But, spine surgeon Dr. Dumonski's not entirely convinced. "I think miracles do happen. I think there’s a lot of conditions, a lot of things that science just cannot explain," he said.

Botched surgery: Doctor removes wrong reproductive organ
Maya Gupta, 32, lost her privilege to be a mother after a Bhopal-based doctor removed her healthy right ovary and uterus instead of the infected left one. In 2009, two years after she underwent the botched surgery, she moved district consumer forum, Bhopal, seeking justice and compensation. A week ago, the consumer forum gave verdict in her favour, asking the doctor to pay her a compensation of Rs 2 lakh. But she does not appear happy with the forum's recommendation.

Teen to undergo same operation twice after 1st procedure halted mid-surgery
 After waiting more than a year for surgery, an Edmonton teen is forced to undergo the same operation twice after his surgeon became ill halfway through the procedure. "I don't think it's fair for anybody to go through this. It's so painful and it's so shocking — I feel like — why should he go through this pain twice?" Fatima Sadiq says about her son's experience. Experts say this is another example of a health system that is so disorganized it can't handle unexpected problems. On Jan. 22, 18-year-old Farouq Sadiq went into Sturgeon Community Hospital in St. Albert, just northwest of Edmonton, for day surgery to repair a shoulder injury he suffered playing sports. His shoulder is unstable and at risk of dislocating without the surgery. Everything went according to plan — at least at the beginning.

"The last thing I remember was being wheeled into the operating room, after they gave me the anesthetic," Sadiq told Go Public. When he woke up, his arm was in a sling and bandages covered three incisions in his shoulder. "I thought it was done," he recalls. It wasn't. Nurses told him the surgeon got sick in the middle of the operation and couldn't continue out of concern a mistake could be made. The hospital discharged Sadiq, telling him the surgery would be scheduled "sometime" in the future. "The hospital should have got someone else to continue [the] operation. If they can't get someone immediately, as soon as possible get someone to complete the operation, not just send Farouq home," his mother says.
The surgeon's office told the family the earliest the teen could get back into the operating room was mid-February.

What crazy surgery story do you have?

Slacker said the surgeons were looking around like someone trying to find their keys in the junk droor while looking for the baby in the C-section. Slacker was worried that most of the surgery stories they will get will be abuot botched surgeries but was surprised to find that a disabled man of 20 years was able to recovery after surgery for something else.

Steve said that she now has a c-section scar from a natural birth, along with a crazy story to share with her son when he gets older. Steve also wondered aloud whether or not the woman who had the wrong overy removed would be able to have kids if they hadn't screwed up the operation..

I have only had one surgery as an adult, and it went fine, but apparently while I was coming out from the anesthesia I crushed on one of the nurses. If only I had remembered her phone number!

Intern Scott