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Impact, ethics of surgery slammed
Sacramento Bee

The consent form allowing UC Davis doctors to open Terri Bradley’s skull and infect her with bowel bacteria was hand-delivered on a single page with a 300-word warning.

“There is no proof that such treatment (for brain cancer) might be beneficial,” the form read, “nor are there animal data to support it.”

The ensuing infection might cause further harm to the patient, the form stated, including “paralysis, inability to speak or understand speech, inability to swallow, vegetative state, coma or death.”