Surgeon denies allegations of negligence in removing a healthy organ

September 20, 2018 - By Jack Shaw

Surgeon denies allegations of negligence in removing a healthy organ

After removing the healthy kidney of his patient, Doctor Scott Baker from South Dakota claims he is innocent. While he agrees that he accidentally removed the healthy kidney of his patient Dena Knapp from Iowa, he says that he did not breach any standards of care.

Knapp has filed a lawsuit against the doctor.

Scott Baker together with the Surgical Institute of South Dakota gave an answer to the lawsuit of Dena Knapp. The patient says that Baker removed her right kidney, which was completely healthy instead of removing the adrenal gland and the associated mass.

Knapp filed the lawsuit for professional negligence one month ago. After her surgery in October 2016, she developed stage 3 kidney disease.

She had to go to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to have her adrenal gland removed.

Meanwhile, Sioux Falls clinic and Doctor Baker deny accusations by its nature and extent of injuries and damages claimed by the patient.

The woman says that she was not warned about the mix up during the surgery until she left the hospital. However, the surgeon knew what happened on the same day he did surgery, as he was officially notified by the pathology department of Averna McKennan Hospital.

Baker says that he notified Knapp immediately after her surgery. He denied that his patient suffered damages. He says that medical standards were not breached, even when he failed to remove the unhealthy adrenal gland.

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