Airman lost legs after gallbladder surgery

July 22, 2009 7:47:17 AM PDT
A major investigation is underway after a routine gallbladder surgery ended with an airman at Travis Air Force Base losing both of his legs.

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The Air Force says during Colton Read's operation -- surgeons accidentally punctured the 20-year-old's aortic valve. But that's not why his family is so upset.

They claim that after the error -- it took eight and a half hours to fly read from Travis Medical Center, to a better hospital in Sacramento.

"Why did it take so long to get my husband help? Why did they wait so long," said Read's wife Jessica Read.

Doctors at UC Davis Medical Center say by the time Read arrived, he had lost too much blood and his legs had to be amputated. Travis Air Force Base says it is now consulting with outside experts, as well as conducting an internal review.

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