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Jury rejects Bend woman’s suit alleging wrong ovary removed


After a week of testimony and about two hours of deliberations, a Deschutes County jury on Wednesday rejected a lawsuit filed by a Bend woman, accusing her surgeon of removing the wrong ovary.

Shelly Morton said she went into surgery in October 2011 to have her right ovary removed. Instead, Dr. James Carlson removed the left ovary.

Carlson claimed he did so because he realized during surgery that the left ovary was the unhealthy one, and not the right.

Morton said after the surgery, she was still in a lot of pain on her right pelvic side, until she went to another doctor and had the right ovary removed.

Morton sued Carlson for $850,000.

Neither Morton nor Carlson would talk to NewsChannel 21 after the jury’s decision.

But Morton’s lawyer called the jury’s decision “disappointing” and said his client wanted to win this case not just for herself, but for women across Central Oregon, to make sure this couldn’t happen to anyone else.

In the end the jury did not find the evidence convincing.

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