Law: Unmasked M.D.

A stinging malpractice verdict

In May 1978, Takuye Green, 54, was facing a coronary bypass operation at Lutheran Hospital of Milwaukee. Her husband Hoyle remembers being reassured when they were told that a top visiting Air Force officer, Dr. William Stanford, would be assisting. Stanford was responsible for hooking her up to a heart-lung machine; somehow the connection was made backward. For 15 minutes no one noticed, and instead of pumping oxygenated blood into Green, the machine drained blood out of her aorta. The resulting brain damage has left her a speechless quadriplegic living on liquid protein. (And she could live that...

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