Anesthesia awareness lawsuit

A patient committed suicide after being awake during his surgery:

The Baptist minister from Raleigh County, W.Va., killed himself in February 2006 ““- two weeks after he allegedly suffered the trauma of having surgery without anesthesia. The phenomenon of anesthesia awareness is associated with psychological conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

In a suit filed last month, Sizemore’s family say anestheliogist Dr. Bruce Cannon and nurse assistant Larry Rupe administered drugs to paralyze him, but failed to give him those that would render him unconscious and unable to experience pain. They did not realize their mistake until 16 minutes after the first incision.

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