John Martin and a former Cranfill Sumner attorney won a defense verdict on behalf of a General Surgeon in a case involving an aortobifemoral bypass graft. The surgery was complicated by cholesterol emboli that entered the plaintiff’s renal arteries, causing acute renal failure and end stage renal disease. The plaintiff alleged the surgeon knew or should have known her aorta, at or near her renal arteries, was severely diseased, partially occluded and atheromatous and that he should have first temporarily clamped her renal arteries before opening up her aorta and sewing on the graft.

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