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The family of a woman was left unable to speak has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit  against SSM Health Care-St. Louis and a local neurosurgeon for allegedly operating on the wrong side of a woman’s skull and brain.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports the patient, 53-year-old Regina Turner of St. Ann, was scheduled on April 4 for a “left-sided craniotomy bypass” at St. Clare Health Center in Fenton, according to a complaint filed in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County in Clayton.

Instead, she received a “right-sided craniotomy surgical procedure,” the suit alleges.

Turner now is unable to speak intelligibly, according to her Clayton-based lawyer, Alvin Wolff Jr. Once the operating team realized they had made an error, a second surgery was performed six days later on the correct side of Turner’s skull.   The St Louis Post Dispatch reports the suit accuses SSM and the neurosurgeon, identified by the paper as Dr. Armond Levy. In the suit he is identified by the initials “A.L.” with negligence and carelessness that led to a wrong-site surgery.

Kristen Johnson, an SSM spokeswoman, would only confirm that Levy is an employee of SSM Health Care with staff privileges at St. Mary’s Health Center and DePaul Health Center. She said federal patient privacy law prevents Levy from discussing the case.

 

  

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 08:10
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Two St. Louis neighborhoods are being singled out as some of the most dangerous in America.

The Fountain Park & Columbus Square neighborhoods were ranked 12th and 22nd respectively by the website NeighborhoodScout.com.

Fountain Park is just north of the Central West End at Delmar and North Euclid.  Its boundaries are MLK Drive, Delmar Boulevard, Walton Avenue, and North Kingshighway Boulevard.

Columbus Square is just north of the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis at Cass Avenue and 9th. Its boundaries are Cass Avenue, Interstate 70, North Tucker Boulevard, and Cole Street.

The website NeighborhoodScout.com used FBI crime data to compile the rankings.  That includes data from all 17,000 local law enforcement agencies in America, we here report those specific neighborhoods in America that have the highest predicted rates of violent crime per 1,000 neighborhood residents of all. 

Violent crimes include murder, forcible rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault. 

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 07:48
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  The bodies of two Missouri boaters are now been recovered after the men went missing on the Mississippi River near Hartford in southern Illinois.

   Illinois conservation police said Monday that 46-year-old Wendell Robinson of Bellefontaine Neighbors, Mo., was found Sunday in the river at Cape Girardeau, Mo. The body of the other boater, 60-year-old Mike Flythe of St. Louis, was found April 21. Authorities say the men's boat capsized near where the Mississippi and Missouri rivers meet on April 6.

   The Telegraph in Alton reports that Flythe's body was found about 15 miles away from the accident scene. Robinson's body was missing for 22 days and found about 100 miles away.

   One boy was rescued after the accident.

 

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   Witnesses are calling it a frightening situation.  

   A toddler stopped traffic on Southwest Avenue in south St. Louis Monday.  Fox 2 News reports that the child had been in the care of the Top of the Hill Daycare in the 5800 block of Southwest, when he wandered into the middle of the street.  

   One witness says the child in the street wasn't the only thing that was disturbing. "And on the curb, probably the hero in this thing, was a little girl, who was probably about five, holding back other toddlers from running into the street."

   Several cars stopped, their drivers corralling the child and getting him out of the road, then calling police.

   Police are now investigating.  

   The daycare has a sign that reads “state licensed,” but according to the Department of Health And Senior Services, that license expired at the end of March.  Police say the daycare is licensed with the city of St. Louis.

 
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