Bungled surgery brings $6 million court award

June 13, 1996|By BOSTON GLOBE

A woman who became permanently disabled when a Boston surgeon removed fragments of her brain during elective eye surgery was awarded $5 million by a Superior Court jury, which also gave the woman's husband $1 million for loss of companionship with his wife of 26 years.

The woman, Judith A. McEnaney, and her husband, John P. McEnaney, of Westford, Mass., declined to comment on the $6 million verdict returned Tuesday against Dr. Michael Joseph.

Their attorney, Mark Regan, said the 45-year-old woman has permanently lost her short-term memory because of the surgical error made Nov. 21, 1990, at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston.

"She's very inquisitive, has a great sense of humor and can carry on a pretty good conversation with you," Regan said of his client. "The problem is, five minutes later she's not going to remember it."

Pub Date: 6/13/96

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