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  • Gynecologist found liable in medical malpractice suit

  • A prominent gynecologist committed malpractice when he removed a patient's healthy ovary and left a piece of plastic in her body after a 2007 robotic surgery, a federal jury has decided.
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  • A prominent gynecologist committed malpractice when he removed a patient's healthy ovary and left a piece of plastic in her body after a 2007 robotic surgery, a federal jury has decided.
    Daniel H. Laury is liable for more than $100,000 in a lawsuit filed by Michelle Elsey and husband Toby Elsey, according to a verdict announced Thursday afternoon in U.S. District Court. After hearing two days of testimony from the plaintiffs and seven physicians, including Laury, jurors found Laury committed medical malpractice.
    The Elseys, now residents of Montana, were seeking nearly $1 million in damages. The jury of four women and three men awarded Michelle Elsey more than $10,500 in medical expenses and $100,000 as compensation for physical pain and mental anguish. They denied Toby Elsey any payment for loss of his wife's companionship as a result of her diminished health.
    Laury used a da Vinci robotic device that malfunctioned in Michelle Elsey's Sept. 28, 2007, surgery at Providence Medford Medical Center, according to hospital records. Providence was not a party in the suit.
    Foreign objects were revealed in Elsey's body during a CT scan more than three year's after the robotic surgery. A laparoscopy sheath, as well as extraneous coils used as birth-control devices were removed from her pelvis.
    Laury's hysterectomy procedures previously had come under fire from the Oregon Medical Board, which ordered corrective action against him in 2004. No longer practicing in Medford, Laury had been quoted in several newspaper articles about women's health and robotic surgery, and he appeared on Jackson County radio and television programs, including hosting an RVTV show, "The Doctor is Listening."
    —Sarah Lemon
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