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Surgeon Who Operated on Wrong Side of Brain Faces Lawsuit

A St. Louis-area surgeon who operated on the wrong side of a woman's brain is now facing a lawsuit, according to court records.

The suit was filed by 53-year-old Regina Turner on Friday against Dr. Armond Levy of St. Clare Health Center in Fenton alleging that he performed a right-sided craniotomy bypass instead of the left-sided craniotomy bypass she was supposed to receive.

Turner had suffered several mini-strokes before the surgery. Now, she is unable to speak intelligibly and needs around-the-clock nursing care for assistance with routine daily activities.

An internal investigation of the incident is underway, according to hospital officials.

The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.