|ABQJournal.comBy: Jim McElroy
|Friday, 31 July 2009 12:24
|Â Las Cruces man alleged surgeon was negligent in repairing a colon perforation Â A Las Cruces man who sued a surgeon that he alleged was negligent in repairing a colon perforation after a colonscopy has been awarded $1 million by a jury, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported. Â Jurors deliberated 12 hours Tuesday before returning a verdict in the six-day trial of the medical malpractice lawsuit filed by Michael Salopek against Dr. David Friedman, the newspaper said. Â Salopek’s attorney, Marci Beyer, said Friedman operated on Salopek in February 2005 to repair a tiny perforation he had sustained during a colonscopy, according to the Sun-News. But Beyer said Friedman did not find the perforation, which continued to leak into Salopek’s abdominal area for 11 days. Â The attorney said that medical expenses just to find the perforation totaled $165,000, the newspaper reported. Â According to the Sun-News, Beyer said that over the past four years, Salopek’s abdomen was “filled with infection” that caused his internal organs to start to stick to each other. Â “He’s had a total of 13 operations now,” Beyer said. “They had to remove part of his colon, it was so infected.” Â The newspaper reported that defense attorney Thomas Sandenaw Jr. said it would be inappropriate to comment before a final judgment is entered by state District Judge Jerald A. Valentine.
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