Lawsuit: Rockford surgeon operated on wrong side of woman’s spine

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A lawsuit by Mary Friday and her husband, Dennis, of Poplar Grove alleges that Rockford neurosurgeon, Dr. Denise Crute, operated on the wrong area of her spine.

The Friday’s maintain that OSF Healthcare System was negligent in credentialing Crute to practice Neurosurgery in OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford because she had surrendered her medical license in Colorado.

The lawsuit stems from a nine-year old procedure, in which the Friday’s allege Crute was negligent in performing a “wrong site surgery on Mary Friday’s lumbar spine,” which left her suffering from lingering health issues.

Crute denied the allegations in Winnebago County Circuit Court on Wednesday. The trial continues this week.

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