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Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at 4:53 pm
Bobby Jenks, a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, discussed for the first time his brush with death after a medical mistake during spinal surgery last December went unnoticed for days.
Jenks was admitted to the Massachusetts General Hospital in December to remove bone spurs on his spine. When he flew home to Phoenix after the surgery, he noticed fluid leaking out of the incision. He went to the doctor where he was told he would need an emergency surgery to fix the mistake.
The fluid that was leaking was spinal fluid, caused by doctors who serrated the third bone spur but did not finish. An infection grew in his spine, but fortunately doctors were able to treat it before it traveled to his brain. Jenks is not expect to play again until midseason.
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