Knapp did have a second surgery, but she went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where the gland and mass were successfully removed.
Mark Hatting, the executive director for The Surgical Institute of South Dakota, where Baker is a partner and which is also named as a defendant, said Wednesday afternoon that he had not seen the complaint and could not comment.
The complaint, filed in federal court, says Knapp's erroneous surgery resulted in an incurable and progressive kidney disease in her remaining kidney. It says she suffers from pain, fatigue, depression and mental distress.
"Further," the lawsuit says, "since the erroneous surgery, Dena has been unable to perform many functions and has required replacement services to clean and maintain her home, the past and future cost of which is yet to be determined."
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