A doctor in Hawaii was sued for using a sawed off screwdriver shaft instead of titanium rods in an elderly patient’s spine surgery in 2001. The doctor, who had a history of drug problems, was given a license to practice medicine in the State of Hawaii after having his medical license suspended or revoked in Oklahoma and Texas. He was already on probation in Hawaii for his drug use. My theory is that he was addicted to meth, also known as “ice” in Hawaii. He was paid a cash deposit for the surgery which he quickly squandered on ice instead of buying titanium rods for the surgery. He didn’t improvise to use the screwdriver, as stated in the trial. He must have planned to use the screwdriver all along. Loser!

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  1. And this is why I don’t snowboard…I would hate to find out that the titanium rods that are supposedly implanted in my back are in fact a couple of Craftsman tools!

    I can’t help but wonder if this doctor/druggie has some delusions of grandeur stemming from an obsessive fascination with MacGyver, ER, and Home Improvement. Hmmm…

    #1 by Lauren Easom — February 26, 2006 @ 3:18 pm

  2. Hey, if they’re Craftsman they’re guaranteed for life. I have a feeling that this doctor went with a cheap imitation.

    #2 by Nugget — February 26, 2006 @ 6:21 pm

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