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Potential precedent for medical malpractice

In a landmark decision that may eventually affect families living in North Carolina, the Washington Supreme Court has decreed that the statute of limitations does not apply to medical malpractice cases that involve minors. The decision comes from a medical malpractice case involving a man dating back to his initial diagnosis when he was 9 years old. When he was a child, the plaintiff was taken to a physician at Columbia Basin Imaging for weakness in the legs, dizziness, double vision, headaches and nausea.

Family alleges doctor negligence, says surgeon left for lunch

North Carolina medical patients may want to know the story behind a formerly active 72-year-old left in a vegetative state after his cardiac surgeon allegedly walked off during the operation to attend a luncheon. The man's family was seeking answers about the apparent medical malpractice, in which, they claim, the surgeon left an unqualified physician's assistant to close up the patient's open chest cavity. Complications arose, and the cardiologist was called back from the luncheon, which was up to 30 minutes away. The patient's heart stopped, and serious and irreversible brain damage was the result.

Man suffers brain damage after doctor allegedly leaves surgery

North Carolina residents may be interested in the story of a family who received an anonymous phone call about how their relative ended up in a vegetative state after an open-heart surgery. The 72-year-old man initially went into a health care facility on March 31, 2012, with chest pains. He was rushed to nearby Fresno Regional Medical Center in California, where three days later he underwent surgery for two heart defects. At some point during the surgery, he suffered complications and slipped into a vegetative state. He has remained in that condition since the surgery.

Cognitive effort delays concussion recovery

New data published on Jan. 6 that could impact young people in North Carolina and across the nation shows that they could take longer to heal after a head injury or concussion and that they need to limit some activities during the recovery process. Research indicated that children and teens, who exercised their brains with cognitive tasks after a concussion, including reading, homework and video games, could face a longer recovery period than those who limit demanding cognitive activities.

Costly delays in newborn-blood screenings

Every child born in North Carolina and across the nation must legally submit to a blood screening that tests for a number of genetic problems and diseases that can be effectively treated if they are caught early. The newborn-screening tests were developed five decades ago and benefit or even save the lives of more than 12,000 infants annually. Quick testing can keep families from spending millions of dollars in medical expenses.

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