- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A lawsuit filed against a St. Louis-area neurosurgeon accuses him of operating on wrong part of a patient’s brain, causing permanent injuries.

The suit claims Dr. Gregory Bailey removed healthy brain tissue instead of a tumor during a December surgery on 55-year-old Michael Krabbe, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1L5JyGz ) reported in a story published Friday.

After the procedure, Krabbe was unable to speak or move his right arm and leg and experienced a brain hemorrhage, according to the lawsuit. He has permanent paralysis in his right upper and lower extremities that have resulted in his inability to write or walk like before.

The suit also alleges Bailey didn’t perform pre-operative or intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI. It seeks costs and damages from Bailey and his employer, SSM Health.

Messages seeking comment from Bailey were left by the newspaper.

SSM Health denies the accusations over a wrong-site procedure and that it will “vigorously defend our position in the court of law,” spokeswoman Jamie Sherman said in a statement.

“Despite the allegations . no such wrong-site surgery occurred at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center,” Sherman said. “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Mr. Krabbe and his family during this difficult time.”

The lawsuit was filed May 26 in St. Louis County Circuit Court.

Bailey assured Krabbe and his family that the brain tumor was removed, yet he told Krabbe’s wife later that another surgery was needed to insert chemotherapy wafers near the tumor site, according to the suit.

The Krabbes then went to BJC HealthCare for a second opinion. In January, an MRI showed Krabbe still had a tumor with no change in size since his surgery at SSM.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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