SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe jury has awarded $2 million to a man whose back surgery was so badly botched he suffered cardiac arrest and required three more surgeries.
Attorney Brian Egolf tells the Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/OhrU7R ) that Friday's award for his client is significant and he hopes the money helps Matt McCann put his life back together.
McCann entered Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in May 2008 for removal of a herniated disc. But the surgeon accidentally cut into a major artery and vein and didn't notice the mistake.
McCann went into cardiac arrest 36 hours later and doctors discovered what had happened. Egolf says McCann suffered damage to nerves that control his bladder and bowels and brain damage.
Lawyers for Christus St. Vincent could not be reached.
Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com