What's Up, Doc? The 8 Worst Celebrity Medical Mishaps

What's Up, Doc? The 8 Worst Celebrity Medical Mishaps


We're over the whole Michael Jackson news blitz just like you are, but we couldn't ignore yesterday's revelation that Dr. Conrad Murray prescribed Profopol to the King of Pop just hours before his death. Nice move, Doc. This latest high-profile medical mishap got us thinking about the other famous malpractice cases through the years. Peep our list of the worst celebrity medical screw-ups, and make sure your doctor is legit...

adamswest

DOCTOR: Dr. Jan Adams
CELEBRITY PATIENT: Donda West
MALPRACTICE:: Kanye's mother passed away from complications during plastic surgery. We're not saying it was all Jan's fault, but nothing says guilt like walking off the set of Larry King—oh, and those other eight lawsuits.
END RESULT: Hey mama...R.I.P.

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leslie1

DOCTOR: London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
CELEBRITY PATIENT: Leslie Ash
MALPRACTICE: The English actress contracted a dangerous infection due to a treatment she received for a punctured lung and cracked ribs from a fall at home. She claims she fell off her bed and hit a table while making love to her husband. Infections, beds, tables...wait, what kind of actress is she again?
END RESULT: We like to make jokes, but seriously she could barely walk around after the whole incident, it wasn't good.

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ronanes

DOCTOR: Joyce E. Abraham (Anesthesiologist) and Dr. David M. Godat
CELEBRITY PATIENT: Ron Springs
MALPRACTICE: Before actually undergoing surgery, former Dallas Cowboys RB Ron Springs went comatose while receiving anesthesia.
END RESULT: Ron Springs sadly never woke up, and passed away.

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ritterx1

DOCTOR: Joseph Lee and Matthew Lotysch
CELEBRITY PATIENT: John Ritter
MALPRACTICE: Not performing an ordered chest x-ray that could've saved John's life. This was made even worse by the fact that David Spade was cast as the cool uncle on 8 Simple Rules show. Way to go and fuck up afternoon TV, guys.
END RESULT: Jack Tripper, R.I.P.

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russo-blind

CELEBRITY DOCTOR: Dr. Joseph Dello Russo
PATIENT: James Dell'Ermo
MALPRACTICE: James Dell'Ermo went blind because of "complications" during the procedure. We can sympathize with Dr. Dello Russo. We've damaged plenty of eyes, but that was just poor aim on our part.
END RESULT: James earned $2.1 milli in the subsequent lawsuit.

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edceder

DOCTOR: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Dr. Neelakantan Anand
CELEBRITY PATIENT: Ed McMahon
MALPRACTICE: Doctor's failed to diagnose Ed's neck fracture and discharged him without taking any x-rays of the incident. We could sit here and make a neck joke, but come on it's too easy.
END RESULT: He later passed away from cancer. You'll be missed, Ed.

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chrisb1

DOCTOR: Dr. Phil Carroll Astin III
CELEBRITY PATIENT: Chris Benoit
MALPRACTICE: Prescribing all sorts of powerful and addictive prescription pills to Chris (not to mention a ton of other people). The bad doctor is doing 10 years in prison for moving weight. We're pretty sure he was Chris Andersen's pusher.
END RESULT: Chris Benoit committed suicide after murdering his family. Ouch.

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quaid

DOCTOR: Baxter Healthcare Corp.
CELEBRITY PATIENT: The Quaid Family
MALPRACTICE: His twins received a massive overdose of the drug Heparin (1,000x to be exact) because the companies packaged the doses wrong. Four words Baxter Corporation: DON'T...FUCK...WITH...QUAID!
END RESULT: Don't worry, the kids are fine.

Tags: conrad-murray, donda-west, jan-adams, john-ritter, medical-malpractices, michael-jackson
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