Comedian Trevor Noah files lawsuit against New York hospital and surgeon claiming botched surgery left him with ‘serious personal injuries’

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Comedian Trevor Noah has filed a lawsuit against a New York-based hospital and surgeon, claiming he underwent a botched surgical procedure.

In documents obtained by Us Weekly, the Daily Show host filed the suit on November 22, claiming Hospital For Special Surgery and Dr Riley J. Williams III acted in a “negligent and careless manner” when the orthopedic surgeon performed surgery on him at the hospital back in November 2020. 

According to the suit, Noah experienced “serious personal injuries” upon his recovery from surgery, alleging such ailments left him “rendered sick, sore lame and disabled.”

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Trevor Noah filed the suit in November, one year after he allegedly underwent botched surgery. (Getty)

The suit further alleges Noah “sustained severe nervous shock, mental anguish, severe emotional distress and great physical pain” in the recovery period, during which he was “confined to bed and home for a long period of time” and has been “prevented from engaging in his usual occupation.” The documents then claim “some of his injuries are of a permanent nature” and he will “continue to suffer similar damages in the future”.

The type of surgery Noah underwent was not disclosed in the filing. 

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Trevor Noah attends the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
Trevor Noah is known for hosting the satirical US news program The Daily Show. (Getty)

The hospital has since released a statement to Law & Crime in response to Noah’s claims.

“HSS received a complaint filed on behalf of Mr Trevor Noah. We have shared with Mr Noah’s attorney a detailed rebuttal to the claims, which are meritless,” a representative for the Hospital For Special Surgery told the outlet.

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“Due to HIPAA [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act], we are restricted by law from addressing publicly specific aspects of the treatment of any patient. HSS is committed to excellence in the care we provide to each of the more than 150,000 patients we treat each year.

“This commitment has made HSS the world’s leading academic medical center specialized in musculoskeletal health, consistently ranked #1 in orthopedics globally and nationally.”

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