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Woman awarded $4.9 million for wrongful removal of reproductive organs

January 28, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ A jury awarded a woman $4.9 million, finding that a prominent cancer doctor removed her reproductive organs before receiving results of a test that showed she didn’t have ovarian cancer.

A biopsy taken at the start of the January 1993 surgery showed that Davina Klatsky, then 36, had a benign ovarian cyst. The biopsy results came during the surgery to remove her ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes.

In its verdict Monday, the jury found that Dr. John Lewis Jr., now-retired chief of gynecological oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering hospital, was personally responsible for the mistake.

``I’m so relieved, no words can explain it,″ said Klatsky, a 40-year-old mother of two.

The hospital and a second doctor were cleared of any blame.

Lewis declined to comment, but his attorney said he would appeal.

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