Do I have a case if I was admitted to a VA hospital for a pacemaker and during the surgery the surgeon nicked my left lung with a needle?
Question Details: The surgeon admitted to this. The next morning my chest cavity had filled with air. They had to do an emergency chest tube procedure. I had to be I.C.U. for a couple of days They did an X-ray the doctor said that my lung and heart had pushed to the left. Not a good thing since he had just a pacemaker the day before. Then, 3 days later, they removed the tube after during water seal for 24 hours. My condition did improve. One of the doctors told me the first tube hadn't been placed in far enough over my skin so air got under it. My chest area, face, and left eye swelled shut. I had to go to the I.C.U.I and had to have a second tube put in. My chest cavity again filled with air again. The doctor who was going to do the procedure brought her niece with her to work and she was in and out of my room several times. They placed the second tube in, which was left in for 10 days. I was X-rayed 3 times a day every day. They water sealed the tube for several days. They did pinch the tube shut for 2 days before removing it. After removing the tube, things did go well. l also was in X-ray. The X-ray tech placed the chest tube drain box on the floor himself. Then he tripped over the tube. which caused me excruciating pain. I had the thoracic doctor check everything and got an X-ray as soon as I could. Luckily no injury. I feel I had to go through a lot of unnecessary pain, stress, medical procedures, when I went in for a simple pacemaker.