Surgeon Operates On 8 Patients - While Blind!

Newspaper article about blind surgeonBack in 1980 Dr. John Bongiovanni was in a car accident.  Unfortunately, he lost his eyesight.  Six months later, he returned to work at A. Barton Hepburn Hospital in Ogdensburg, NY.  Even though he was blind, Dr. Bongiovanni did bladder, prostate, and urinary operations on eight patients.  During the operations, he was advised by other doctors and nurses on decisions requiring eyesight.

Three years later, the state board of regents found Dr. Bongiovanni guilty of medical misconduct and and removed most of his ability to practice medicine in the state.

Dr. John Bongiovanni, the blind surgeon

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