Portland, Oregon ophthalmologist made a huge error in operating on the wrong eye of Jesse Matlock, a four-year-old boy from Vancouver.
Dr. Shawn Goodman first operated on his left eye, mistakenly, upon realizing the error she repeated the same “wondering eye” operation on the correct eye.
“My husband and I were in awe, we were like ‘can you repeat that again?” Tasha Gaul said, the boys mom. “She said, ‘frankly, I lost sense of direction and didn’t realize I had operated on the wrong eye until I was done operating on the eye.’”
Prior to the surgery, there are procedures in place that help prevent such errors from happening:
“We have a critical incident team that will be responding to it, that will be interviewing all of our staff in the operating room as well as private practice physicians in the operating room that were involved,” said Legacy Emanuel Medical Center CEO Dr. Lori Morgan. “Our hope is to never have it happen again in any of our hospitals.”
According to Vitals.com, Dr. Shawn Goodman is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in Strabismus or the Lazy Eye, as well as Pediatric Ophthalmology overall. She currently holds a positive patient rating of four stars. She completed her MD at Drexel University School of Medicine in 1981.