Trevor Noah sues NYC hospital, surgeon for ‘botched’ operation leaving ‘severe injuries’

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“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah has filed suit against a New York City hospital and orthopedic surgeon following what he called a “botched” operation that left him suffering “severe injuries.”

The suit, which was filed last week in the New York Supreme Court, claims that Dr. Riley J. Williams and the Hospital for Special Surgery were “careless in failing to treat and care for [him] in a careful and skillful manner.”

In addition, the suit accused the hospital and the orthopod of failing to “use proper tests and examinations in order to diagnose the conditions” that he “was suffering” from, while also allegedly “failing to use approved methods in general use in the care and treatment” of Noah, 37, during a surgical procedure Nov. 23, 2020.

Also, the suit claims that Williams and the healthcare facility did not “prescribe proper medications” while failing to “discontinue certain prescription medications” as well, all of which led to “severe personal injury” that resulted in a “loss of enjoyment for life,” reported.

In a separate report, Page Six noted that the lawsuit doesn’t mention what kind of surgical procedure Noah, a South African-born comedian, had when he was under Williams’ care between Aug. 25 and Dec. 17, 2020.

Nevertheless, the suit goes on to say the Comedy Central star suffered “severe and painful personal injuries; sustained severe nervous shock, mental anguish, severe emotional distress and great physical pain; was confined to [a] bed and home for a long period of time,” as well as “loss of enjoyment of life.”

The suit also says that Noah “was prevented from engaging in his usual occupation for a long period of time; and since some of his injuries are of a permanent nature, he will continue to suffer similar damages in the future.”

The hospital, through a representative, has pushed back on Noah’s claims, describing them as “meritless” to People magazine.

“HSS received a complaint filed on behalf of Mr. Trevor Noah,” the representative told the outlet. “We have shared with Mr. Noah’s attorney a detailed rebuttal to the claims, which are meritless. Due to HIPAA we are restricted by law from addressing publicly specific aspects of the treatment of any patient.”

The hospital rep also noted that the institution is “committed to excellence in the care we provide to each of the more than 150,000 patients we treat each year.”

Also: “This commitment has made HSS the world’s leading academic medical center specialized in musculoskeletal health, consistently ranked number one in orthopedics globally and nationally.”

In 2015, Noah told his audience that he had an emergency appendectomy after the procedure.

“I am back from the world’s shortest vacation,” he told viewers. “Some of you may have heard that I was out yesterday with a touch of emergency appendectomy surgery. Appendix out and I’m OK now. What better way than enjoying America’s healthcare system?”

Jon Dougherty


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