Woman sues over spinal cord operation on 'wrong level'

This is the seventh in The Straits Times series by Senior Law Correspondent K.C. Vijayan on legal issues, with each edition tied to a specific area of law. Today's articles, themed on negligence and the duty of care, look at major and minor lawsuits, including an alleged botched medical operation and a slip-and-fall case.

Ms Valencia Zuniga, seen here with her youngest child Emilio Klenner, 14, uses a wheelchair as a result of an alleged botched operation.
Ms Valencia Zuniga, seen here with her youngest child Emilio Klenner, 14, uses a wheelchair as a result of an alleged botched operation.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

A woman is seeking damages from a neurosurgeon for allegedly operating on the wrong level of her spinal cord to remove a tumour.

Ms Valencia Zuniga Valeria Elizabeth, 47, also named two other specialists as defendants, claiming breach of duty of care and negligence in relation to their treatment and advice.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 07, 2020, with the headline 'Woman sues over spinal cord op on 'wrong level''. Print Edition | Subscribe