Jefferson Airplane Singer Claims He Lost Part of His Tongue After Surgery

The co-founder of the 1960s rock band Jefferson Airplane claimed in a lawsuit that a New York City hospital ruined his musical career with a botched tracheotomy after open-heart surgery in 2016.

Marty Balin, 76, filed a lawsuit against the operators of Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital alleging he lost part of his tongue and has a paralyzed vocal cord due to injuries caused by the doctor who did the procedure. The lawsuit also claimed his left thumb had to be amputated because of care that was “reckless, careless and negligent.”

The singer had successful “open-heart surgery a triple bypass and a valve replacement,” the New York Post reported. However, a recovery unit wasn’t staffed with personnel who knew how to deal with his recovery, according to the suit. “By the time Mr. Balin was finally released from the hospital, he had lost half his tongue so that he cannot speak or eat properly.”

Balin and his wife sued Thursday in federal court in Manhattan. They’re seeking unspecified damages.

Source: Jefferson Airplane lead singer files lawsuit over botched surgery


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