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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:Angela Petrus-Bradshaw sued Dr. John Frank Dulemba for medical malpractice arising from his treatment of her, which included a hysterectomy. Petrus-Bradshaw filed an expert report prepared by Dr. Dave E. David. The report described the medical situation of Petrus-Bradshaw and chronicled how her alleged injuries came to pass at the hands of Dulemba. The report stated that Dulemba had deviated from and had fallen below the standard of care in three ways. It stated David’s believed these deviations were the proximate cause of Petrus-Bradshaw’s injuries. Dulemba moved to dismiss, saying the report was inadequate, because it did not identify the standard of care and did not establish a breach or any causal relationship between Dulemba’s actions and Petrus-Bradshaw’s injuries. The trial court granted Dulemba’s motion, and Petrus-Bradshaw appeals. HOLDING:Reversed and remanded. The court finds David’s report clearly represents a good faith effort to provide a fair summary of his opinions on each required element. From his report, the trial court and Dulemba could both have discerned that David believed an abdominal hysterectomy should have been performed instead of a vaginal hysterectomy � if a hysterectomy was required at all. David also believed that, given Petrus-Bradshaw’s age, the performance of a vaginal hysterectomy fell below the standard of care. And, it was clear that David believed the vaginal hysterectomy was a direct and proximate cause of Petrus-Bradshaw’s injury: a lacerated ureter. This is ample information to inform Dulemba of the specific conduct that Petrus-Bradshaw has called into question and to provide the trial court a basis to conclude that Petrus-Bradshaw’s claims have merit, the court rules. OPINION:John Cayce, C.J.; Cayce, C.J.; Holman and Walker, JJ.

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