Unless more information is forthcoming, the so-called scandal swirling around CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is much ado about nothing — unless you consider it Brian Williams-esque to confuse the MRI and open skull of a 8 year-old girl with the MRI open skull of a 14 year-old girl.
The New York Post asks, “Is Sanjay Gupta the next Brian Williams?”
Gupta, a neurosurgeon, bragged about performing a lifesaving brain operation on a young girl in the aftermath of the devastating Nepal earthquake in April, but misidentified his patient in a dramatic video report the network aired, the website Global Press Journal reported.
“She has a fractured skull, a blood clot, and her brain is swelling,” Gupta said in the segment, standing near a stretcher holding a girl the network identified as Salina Dahal, 8. …
But Salina never had brain surgery — or surgery of any kind — and was treated only for a broken wrist and some minor head wounds, the website said.
Gupta did assist in a brain operation on another girl, Sandhya Chalise, 14 — and now the network and Gupta are scrambling to explain how its report went wrong.
This is a dumb but forgivable mistake but by all accounts, Gupta did everything he said he did. He merely misidentified the patient, who was still a young girl.
If Brian Williams had done everything he said he did but misidentified the helicopter he was shot down in, no one would care.
There are legions of legitimate reasons to want to see the left-wing CNN and almost everyone who works there humiliated and marginalized. There’s no need to nitpick.
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