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Medical Professionals Describe The Worst Mistakes They’ve Made Or Seen

For some, doctors are the closest thing to gods on Earth. They cure our illnesses, fix our limbs, diagnose our maladies, and save our hearts - if not our souls. But doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals aren't infallible. They're human beings who sometimes make mistakes - though their errors often have more sobering consequences when compared to other occupations. Some errors are so serious that they lead to unnecessary pain, major unplanned surgery, a stay in an intensive care unit, or even death.

Reddit stories from doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals reveal the kind of mishaps - most are accidental - that harm rather than help patients. From mixing up medications to missing or misdiagnosing symptoms, these stories are a reminder that medical professionals aren't perfect.