Iowa Doctors Fined for Operating on Wrong Body Parts

DES MOINES, Iowa — Two Iowa doctors will pay a civil penalty for operating on the wrong part of a patient’s body.

Forty-nine-year-old Dr. Tuvi Mendel works in the Quad Cities. According to the Iowa Board of Medicine Dr. Mendel performed operated on the wrong ankle of his patient. He recognized the mistake and told the patient.

Forty-eight-year-old Rene Recinos is a doctor in Mason City. The board says he did surgery on the correct hand, but the wrong finger. He also recognized the error and told the patient.

The board fined both doctors $2,500 for their mistakes.

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