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Volga Couple Awarded $1.7 Million In Malpractice Suit

May 7, 2004 | AP
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A Malpractice Suit Against A Former Brookings Doctor.

A Volga couple has been awarded $1.7 million in a malpractice suit against a former Brookings doctor.

Lanita and Lyle Arndt sued Oldrich Bubenik, a surgeon who practiced in Brookings from 2000 to 2002, based on a surgery he performed on Lanita Arndt.

She was diagnosed with a twisted colon and had to have part of her colon removed at a Brookings hospital in September 2001.

The Plaintiffs Contended The Doctor Reattached The Colon.

The plaintiffs contended the doctor reattached the colon, which fell apart in less than 24 hours and caused a severe infection. They also said he mismanaged the woman's care while she was hospitalized in Brookings.

The woman was later transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital and underwent another surgery, said Russell Janklow, a lawyer for the Arndts.

Lawyers for the defendant could not be reached for comment.

A U.S. District Court jury deliberated six hours before returning the verdict April 30.

The average medical malpractice payment in South Dakota in 2002 was $148,120, according to the National Practitioner Data Bank.

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