Being Operated On While Awake and Other Terrifying Medical Mistakes You Didn’t Know Could Happen

No one wants to think about them, but unfortunately, medical mistakes happen — and they sometimes have dire consequences. After all, doctors and surgeons are humans too, and there’s always the potential of an error.

For the most part, the majority of common surgeries and procedures are considered to be safe in the United States. But that doesn’t mean there’s no risk of something going awry. These are a few terrifying medical mistakes you may not have considered (plus, how getting operated on while awake really happens on page 9).

Accidental overdoses

Man taking medicine with a glass of water

This happens more often than you think. | iStock/Getty Images

We trust our medical professionals to administer the proper amount of prescription medication to us, but unfortunately, errors happen. And in the case of 16-year-old Pablo Garcia, who was accidentally given 38 times the dose he should have received, it was almost fatal.

Next: It’s ridiculous that this ever happens, but it’s shockingly common.

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