Cincinnati Children's Hospital to pay $2M for botched surgeries by physician on the run

Cincinnati Children's Hospital has been ordered to pay $2 million for allowing Atiq Durrani, MD, to perform an unnecessary, botched surgery, according to WLWT5, Cincinnati's NBC affiliate.

Dr. Durrani is a fugitive and is the subject of over 500 legal cases stemming from allegations he performed unnecessary surgeries and fraudulently billed Medicare millions of dollars.

Melissa Morgan, the mother of the patient at the center of the Cincinnati Children's lawsuit, said the ruling proves the hospital is as culpable as the surgeon.

"It proves that Children's knew and was as much responsible for the mistakes that were made in my son's life, as much as the doctor was," said Ms. Morgan. "[My son] was born with some unique challenges to start with. This compounded those tenfold."

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