Houston man wins suit against Bayhealth over thyroid removal


DOVER The alleged improper removal of a Houston man’s cancerous thyroid three years ago brought a $180,000 judgment against Bayhealth Medical Center and a doctor, his legal representation announced Thursday in a news release.

A Kent County Superior Court jury returned its civil verdict for plaintiffs Daniel and Janet Russum, represented by attorneys Frank Murphy and Lauren Cirrinicione of the Murphy & Landon, according to the Wilmington firm. The plaintiff’s attorney’s described Bayhealth’s actions as “medical malpractice” that began with a surgery on April 7, 2015 and eventually required two more surgeries to remove the thyroid.

Attempts to reach Bayhealth Medical Center for comment Thursday were not immediately successful. Dr. David Cloney was also named as a defendant.

According to Mr. Russum in the news release, “My experience with Bayhealth almost entirely destroyed my trust in the medical profession.

“Right after the surgery, Dr. Cloney told my family that the surgery went well and he removed all of the thyroid. Later, I learned that he did not remove any of the left side, and a lot of the right side remained.

“When I confronted him, he would not look me in the eye. During the trial, Bayhealth tried to make it look like I was at fault somehow. The jury made the right decision by holding Bayhealth and Dr. Cloney accountable.”

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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