Virginia Rehab Center Sues Former Patient in Arkansas After 5 Years of Unpaid Care

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 12:00 am  

Cody’s seizures were “well-managed under seizure-control medication until such medication was discontinued, reduced or changed,” according to the lawsuit, filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

On Aug. 2, 2004, in an attempt to eliminate the seizures, 15-year-old Cody was scheduled for brain surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

The surgery was supposed to last about four hours, but something went wrong.

“ACH’s surgical team draped and shaved Cody’s head on the left side instead of the right side of his head,” the Methenys said in their lawsuit. “ACH’s surgical team then proceeded together as a team to perform a surgery on the left side, which was the wrong side of Cody’s brain,” the lawsuit said, underlining the word “wrong.”

When they discovered what had happened, the surgical team then operated on the right side of Cody’s brain, the lawsuit said.

Cody’s parents said during the trial that the surgery “turned a vibrant teenager into an emotionless husk of a man subjected to psychotic delusions, continuing seizures and deteriorating intelligence,” according to a Sept. 25, 2010, article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Rehabilitation Center

In 2005, Cody’s parents sued the neurosurgeon who did the operation, Dr. Badih Adada.

In early 2008, while the Methenys’ lawsuit was pending, Cody was moved from Arkansas to the 12-room Neurological Rehabilitation Living Center in Virginia Beach. The center provides rehabilitation to individuals with brain injuries and other neurological impairments, according to its website.

“Rehabilitation at NRLC starts where traditional medicine ends, using community-based environments to build individual dignity, respect and esteem,” the website said.

The center is in a quiet neighborhood yet is within walking distance to an extensive medical complex and hospital; it’s just three miles from the ocean.

Pamela Metheny enrolled Cody in the center on Feb. 1, 2008, according to the contract that was included as an exhibit in the center’s lawsuit.



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