Malpractice News

February 1, 2012

Women Gets Used Breast Implant

 Claiming that it was a “cost effective” move, Dr. Robert Rhodes who is based in St. George, Utah but consults in Los Vegas, mistakenly implanted a beast in the wrong women. He then removed the breast implant, cleaned it, and implanted it in its intended recipient, 20-year-old Heather Martin.


Martin, who is currently consulting with another doctor to have the implants replaced, says she has developed an infection in the incision in her left breast, however, she doesn’t know if that is the breast with the used implant. She said she had the procedure done, “because I wanted to make myself happier and I’m not. I feel like I have this other girl in me....It makes me really upset,” the Los Vegas Sun reported.


Martin found out about the used implant from an anonymous letter that also said “To get the full truth you may need the state licensing agency or testimony of the people in the operating room.” Martin’s mother called Rhodes and he admitted that he accidentally put the implant in the wrong patient, then removed it and sterilized it in the autoclave before implanting it in Martin.


Martin has one year to file a medical malpractice suit. She is currently being tested for HIV, hepatitis, and other blood-borne pathogens. She will continue testing for at least another few months.

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