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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE A doctor who was sued for removing a woman’s ovaries without her informed consent, was found not liable by a California jury on March 27. Julianne Lounsbury, 38, complained of pelvic pain. An ultrasound revealed fibroids in her uterus. When a hysterectomy was discussed, she claimed that she expressed a desire for ovarian preservation. She also claimed that when a consent form given to her mentioned possible ovary removal in connection with the hysterectomy, she again raised the issue with surgeon Steven Coyle, who said there was no way he would remove her ovaries. Coyle claimed he acted within the standard of care, citing both the signed consent and an unanticipated problem with both ovaries that necessitated their removal. Lounsbury v. Coyle, No. CIV209137 (Ventura Co., Calif., Super. Ct.). PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY: Jeffrey D. Johnsen, Law Office of Jeffrey D. Johnsen, Ventura, Calif. DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Michael D. Gonzalez, Kern & Gonzalez, Los Angeles Source: California Jury Verdicts Weekly

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