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Missouri secretive, lax on doctor discipline

St. Louis Today, December 14, 2010

A 5-year-old girl needed surgery to fix a muscle in her left eye.

But Dr. David E. Braverman mistakenly operated on her right eye. And then he tried to cover up his error.

He told her mother that the right eye was bleeding and also needed surgery. She consented. The girl had to be put under anesthesia again. A breathing tube was reinserted. Braverman went back in to do the intended procedure on the left eye.

Later, Braverman altered the girl's charts to justify both surgeries.

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