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Surgeon Recommends DNAR to Cover Up Error

An alarming $10 million lawsuit was just filed against the chief of vascular surgery at INOVA Fairfax Hospita.  Yeatts v. Mukherjee, No. 2016-05070.  

The complaint alleges that surgeon Dr. Dipankar Mukherjee operated on the wrong leg of his patient, Reginald M. Manning.  Further, the suit alleges that when Mukherjee realized he had operated on the wrong leg, he ended the surgery and added false entries in the records to cover it up.”  

Mukherjee then counseled the family to agree to a DNAR plan as a “pretense to cover up the fact that he intentionally performed a wrong-leg sur­gery.”

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