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Berkeley Man Awarded $3.3 Million After Heart Surgery He Did Not Need

Dec 2, 2004 | AP

A Berkeley man who lost most of his vision after undergoing heart surgery he did not need has been awarded more than three (m) million dollars.

An arbitration panel made the three-point three (m) million dollar award to Kamal Azari and his wife after Azari underwent the surgery at San Francisco's Kaiser Permanente hospital.

After the surgery, the 51-year-old Azari was left nearly blind in his left eye and with only 30 percent of the vision in his right eye.

A Kaiser spokesman admits that doctors, should have taken a more conservative approach when he first went to Kaiser complaining of pain in his arm after exercising.

Azari received two-point-eight (m) million dollars in special damages for medical costs and loss of future earnings.

He and his wife were awarded an additional 500-thousand dollars in damages for pain and suffering the maximum under state law.


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