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Lawyers clash over testimony from patients

Oral surgeon's malpractice trial continues

August 8, 2008

The question of whether more former patients of a Spokane oral surgeon should be allowed to testify in a malpractice trial about bad outcomes from jaw surgery erupted in Spokane Superior Court on Thursday.

Mary Schultz, lawyer for plaintiff Kimberly Kallestad, 29, asked defense psychotherapist Dr. Paul J. Domitor how many patients other than Kallestad had been referred to him by defendant Dr. Patrick Collins for evaluation prior to total jaw replacement surgery - a controversial operation Collins proposed for Kallestad in 2001 after four other flawed operations on her jaw joints. Kallestad, who declined the artificial jaw, is disabled and reports unrelenting pain, her doctors say.

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