Massachusetts patients experienced nearly 62,000 preventable medical errors in single year

By Shira Schoenberg, Springfield Republican

Linda Kenney was 37 and about to undergo an ankle replacement when a mistake by the anesthesiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital sent her into full cardiac arrest.

“I’m lucky to be alive,” Kenney said.

Twenty years later, Kenney works as director of peer support for the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety, an organization that seeks to reduce medical errors. A new report released this week by the center illustrates that Kenney’s story is hardly unique.

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