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July 10, 2013

Patient awakens to doctors mistakenly preparing to remove her organs

Syracuse.com

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Doctors at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center were about to remove organs for transplant from a woman they thought was dead.

Then she opened her eyes. She was alive. The state Health Department found St. Joe's care of patient Colleen S. Burns in 2009 unacceptable and a federal agency criticized the hospital for not properly investigating the cause. The hospital's mishandling of the case was part of the reason the state Health Department fined St. Joe's $22,000 last September — the largest fine levied against a Central New York hospital since 2002.

St. Joe's was fined $6,000 over the Burns case and $16,000 for leaving a patient unattended before she fell and injured her head in 2011.

Full story: St. Joe's "dead" patient awoke as docs prepared to remove organs


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