When Dr. Shawn Goodman came out of the operating room at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland last Wednesday, she had some rather disturbing news for the family of 4-year-old Jesse Matlock of Vancouver, Wash. It seemed that she had had a bit of trouble picking exactly which body part she had been supposed to operate on.
Now Jesse's mother Tasha Gaul says her son's right eye is still wandering, and, since the surgery, his left one has started to wander too.
KTAU reports that Gaul has hired a lawyer for a possible malpractice lawsuit. She says she was in shock when the doctor told her what had happened.
Jesse Matlock had both eyes operated on, instead of just one.
"My husband and I were in awe, we were like, 'Can you repeat that again?"' said the boy's mother, Tasha Gaul, recounting the moment they were told of the news. "She said, 'Frankly, I lost sense of direction and didn't realize I had operated on the wrong eye until I was done operating on the eye.'"
Supposedly Jesse's eye--the one that was supposed to be operated on--had been circled before the operation, but Dr. Goodman somehow missed or ignored the marking.
Obviously everyone makes mistakes, but mistakes of this kind aren't always called "mistakes," but rather "malpractice."