Florida Woman Accuses Doctors Hospital Anesthesiologist of Wrong-Site Injection

A South Florida woman has claimed an anesthesiologist at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables, Fla., injected an anesthetic into the wrong leg during knee surgery, according to an NBC Miami report.

Steffi Ortiz, a former college soccer player, says she can no longer walk or run without pain since falling after the procedure. She alleges an anesthesiologist mistakenly injected a drug into her left leg even though her right leg was marked for surgery.

Ms. Ortiz claims she subsequently experienced nerve damage in her leg. Her attorney is taking legal action against anesthesiologist Juan Cucalon, MD, at Doctors Hospital.

No previous complaints against Dr. Cucalon have been registered with the state.

Read the NBC Miami report on anesthesia.

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