Botched surgery left Aaron Peters disabled.
Botched surgery left Aaron Peters disabled. Nicholas Falconer

Doctor behind botched Tugun surgery still registered

A DOCTOR responsible for surgery that left a Tweed man with disabilities still has conditional registration as a surgeon with the Queensland Medical Board.

The NSW Supreme Court last week awarded Aaron Peters, 27, of Kingscliff, $1,105,705 compensation after Dr Laurent Layani was found to have botched surgery performed at the John Flynn Private Hospital at Tugun in 2003.

Mr Peters was 17 when Dr Layani performed the "routine" hernia operation that left him disabled.

Expert witnesses told the court the stapling of internal mesh around nerves should not have occurred during the procedure and caused the nerves to become trapped and damaged.

Dr Layani is no longer employed at Tugun.

His medical registration will expire on September 30 this year. He is required to notify the board within two weeks of any adverse finding in the courts.

It is not known whether the conditions on the doctor's registration occurred as a result of Mr Peters' case, whether they relate to another matter, or were set from the beginning of his registration with the board in 1998.

The medical board does not release information about circumstances surrounding conditions of registration.



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