Man sues Ore. hospital over wire left in chest | NWCN.com | NWCN - News: "by Associated Press
Posted on June 14, 2010 at 9:32 AM
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A man who says a 10-inch wire was left in his chest after heart surgery is suing Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, a surgeon and a physician's assistant.
The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports that 76-year-old Ben Sebastiani, of Waldport, is seeking $20,000 in economic damages and $250,000 for pain and suffering, plus legal fees.
The Benton County Circuit Court lawsuit alleges Sebastiani didn't know about the wire from the 2007 triple bypass operation until he sought treatment a year later for another medical problem. He says the doctor then pulled the insulated copper wire from his chest.
Spokeswoman Jennifer Nitson says the Corvallis hospital has no comment on the lawsuit."