Operation for scoliosis; nerve damage from Harrington rod
A 16 year old boy with mental retardation and cerebral palsy, required an operation for scoliosis - curvature of the spine. The surgeon improperly placed a hook used to secure a Harrington rod to the boy's spine. When the hook pressed on the boy's spinal column, the surgeon ignored classic signs of nerve compression, and delayed removal of the hook until permanent nerve damage was done. The boy lost the ability to feel the need to urinate, and therefore did not know when he needed to use the bathroom. That disability, along with his significant mental retardation, will require him to receive more intensive help in his assisted living in work situations, than he would otherwise have needed. His level of independent functioning was thus compromised.
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