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Surgeons at Seven Oaks operated on wrong leg, rural man says

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WINNIPEG -- A Manitoba man says he went into a Winnipeg hospital hoping to improve his mobility but left barely able to walk.

Rick Campbell of Clandeboye said he had surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon at Seven Oaks Hospital last March.

But, he said, they operated on the wrong leg.

A year later, Campbell said, he still hasn't been able to return to work and feels the mistake has left him disabled.

He said he didn't come forward earlier because he didn't want anything to affect his treatment, but said he's going public now after learning of other medical issues at the same hospital. A critical review is underway at Seven Oaks after a Winnipeg woman was sent home following a series of tests, later collapsed on her front porch and couldn't be revived.

Officials at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority said they couldn't comment on a specific incident and therefore couldn't say how an operating team could end up working on the wrong leg.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 1, 2012 A2

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