A Good Samaritan surgeon is not shielded from liability

Think about this next time you’re called in to help out in the OR:

Dr. Inder Khokha, a general surgeon at Mercy Medical Center in Williston, assisted in the removal of a kidney from Rosie Chamley in February 2004. During the operation, Chamley’s vena cava was damaged and she died five days later at another hospital . . .

. . . Chamley was originally admitted to Mercy Medical Center for the removal of kidney stones. The emergency arose after she suffered excessive bleeding and her urologist, Dr. Salem Shahin, concluded that she required a kidney removal.

Khokha was waiting in the doctors’ lounge to operate on another patient when Shahin requested his assistance.

(via a reader tip)

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