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Patient alleging harm in surgical procedure files suit

A man has filed suit against UPMC Susquehanna and Anesthesia Associates of Williamsport, Inc. alleging he sustained severe burns while undergoing a surgical procedure.

Alden J. Evans Sr., of Trout Run, continues to require constant medical care for the severe and life-threatening burns he sustained Oct. 30, 2019, according to the civil action lawsuit filed in Lycoming County Court.

Evans had undergone surgery for removal of basal cell carcinomas of the face and chest.

During surgery, oxygen provided to Evans infiltrated the surgical field and was ignited by use of a bovie cautery, causing a fire and resulting in first, second and third degree burns to Evans’s face, neck, chest and finger of his left hand.

He was taken to the Lehigh Valley Health Network Regional Burn Center, Allentown for treatment.

The lawsuit noted that the care, skill or knowledge exercised or exhibited by the defendants fell outside acceptable professional standards and the such conduct was a cause in bringing about harm.

UPMC officials declined comment on the case.

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