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    Larry Deffenbaugh used such force in a routine colonoscopy screening that my colon was ripped away from my spleen requiring an emergency spleenectomy two days after the procedure. An MRI revealed that my abdomen was filled with 3 liters of blood, one of which the emergency surgeon was able to recycle. I spent one week in an intensive care facility in order to recuperate and attempt to get my blood corrected. A year after this ordeal, I am still trying to get my energy and blood levels back to normal. I have had to take a series of shots and will have to continue to do so for the rest of my life, which has been compromised due to the fact that I no longer have a spleen. The spleen is the main organ that works to protect the body against bacteria entering the body and provides the main support for the immune system. I must be ever vigilant for the rest of my life, avoiding risk of any kind of infection, including skin infections. This forces me to change my lifestyle as I was able to travel worldwide and hike but am taking precautions now due to the risks involved. This totally unnecessary ordeal, so far, has come to a cost of $30,000+. Our insurance has paid for most of this and the minimal balance was paid by Larry Deffenbough's insurance company, but in order for me to get further compensation, it will be necessary to hire an attorney. The Preferred Professional Insurance Company out of Omaha, Nebraska and mentioned physician are in cahoots. Attorneys have informed us that a lawsuit would fail because he did not actually kill me or cut off a limb. I was informed by said insurance company that I could not even request that the facts of this event be placed on his medical history record. This is what disturbs me most and you should be aware of. Besides the facts that I nearly died and that my lifespan has been compromised, I now must live with this constant stress and concern of my risks. When requesting advice from my primary physician about this issue, he stated "Don't get sick." Funny, huh? I seriously urge you to avoid Larry Deffenbaugh of Joplin, MO. when your primary physician or anyone else recommends a colonoscopy service. Upon privately meeting with Mr. Deffenbaugh in his office after my release from the hospital, the man had the gall to try to elicit my sympathy for him as he related an experience he had when his collector car received some paint damage for which he received a repaint bill for $18,000. Mr. Deffenbaugh, I want my spleen back, but that?s not possible. So, I want your spleen or whatever your spleen is worth to you. My lasting impression of this person is one of very little integrity and the title ?Dr.? flatters him beyond my sensibilities. FIRST, DO NO HARM.
    - Jane K.
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