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Doctor fails to diagnose post surgical infection

An elderly man underwent lung sugery to remove what proved to be a benign tumor in his lung. After the procedure he developed swelling and redness at the sugical site as well as fever. The doctor attributed these symptoms to normal healing until a blood culture demonstrated Staph Aureus. After 3 months on a ventilator in the hospital's ICU the patient recovered. The case settled shortly after the sugeon's deposition was completed.