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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Woman sues surgeon who wrongly removed her kidney

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An Iowa woman is suing a South Dakota surgeon and his practice for wrongly removing one of her kidneys. The lawsuit filed by Dena Knapp alleges that Dr. Scott Baker erroneously removed her healthy right kidney instead of removing an adrenal gland and a mass on the gland during a surgery in Sioux Falls in 2016. The Argus Leader reports the lawsuit alleges the erroneous surgery resulted in an incurable and progressive kidney disease in Knapp’s remaining kidney that has caused pain and mental distress. Knapp eventually had a second surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to remove the gland and mass. Baker did not immediately return a call for comment. The federal lawsuit also names The Surgical Institute of South Dakota, where Baker is partner. The institute declined comment.

$92M is new estimate for Trump military parade; big increase

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Donald Trump would cost about $92 million — more than three times the maximum initial estimate. The official — who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss plans that haven’t been released yet — says about $50 million would cover Pentagon costs for equipment, personnel and other support for the November parade in Washington. The remainder would be borne by other agencies and would include security costs. Details are not final and haven’t been approved by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. The White House budget office earlier estimated to Congress the parade would cost between $10 million and $30 million. Trump decided he wanted the parade after he attended France’s Bastille Day celebration in Paris last year.