WWII Vet's Estate Awarded Damages

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A judge has awarded $749,000 to the estate of a World War II veteran who lost much of his vision during a surgery at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson.

Charles West died May 8, after the trial, but before the court's ruling, so the damages awarded Monday in the federal lawsuit he filed in U.S. District Court will go to his estate.

U.S. District Judge Tom Lee said West suffered damage to the corneas of both eyes during a 2006 blepharoplasty, a procedure to remove sagging skin between the eyebrow and the eye lid.

West argued damage was caused by a nurse during surgery preparation when a Betadine solution was not properly diluted.

A VA attorney did not immediately respond to a message.

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