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RK patients sue eye surgeon, clinic

Five former patients of the Tampa Ophthalmic Group have sued the clinic and owner Dr. Leslie Chisholm over their radial keratotomy eye surgery. In five separate lawsuits filed Wednesday in Hillsborough Circuit Court, Cheryl Porto, Linda E. Carlson, W. Wayne Roggenkamp, James Belcher and James Pennington contend Chisholm and his business were negligent in recommending and performing the surgery, known as RK, and its follow-up care. Radial keratotomy corrects mild to moderate near-sightedness through a star-burst pattern of incisions in the cornea. Chisholm and his clinic are among the leading practitioners of the surgery locally. In late 1993, he claimed to have performed more than 14,000 RK surgeries, more than any other Tampa Bay area doctor. Porto's complaint stated that she was an inappropriate candidate for the surgery, or, in the alternative, that Chisholm and his group did inadequate preoperative evaluation, or rendered negligent care and treatment, or failed to diagnose or treat post-operative conditions that included poor vision, starbursts, glare, haziness and "fluctuation of vision." Chisolm said Wednesday night that the filing of the suits was "unfortunate." "I'd hoped they would not be filed. We've done some discussions with them. I'm sure they'll be unfounded as far as that goes," he said. "The question comes up in my mind is that having been in active practice in the Tampa Bay area for 30 some years and never having a suit filed until these recent months, I kind of question perhaps the motives of them being filed," he said.

Woman shot in head; shooter is at large

TAMPA _ A man who shot and injured a woman during an argument early Wednesday was at large Wednesday night, authorities said. Tampa police so far have no description of the man who shot Felicia Lynn Hobley, 23, of 1018 India St., Apt. B, in the back of the head. She was in serious condition Wednesday night at Tampa General Hospital. Police say Hobley and the suspect were arguing about 1 a.m. inside a gray Jeep Cherokee with tinted windows parked at the corner of E Powhattan and N Nebraska avenues.

Girlfriend shoots man in face, police say

TAMPA _ A 52-year-old man was in critical condition Wednesday night at Tampa General Hospital after his girlfriend shot him in the face at their north Tampa duplex, authorities said. Tampa police charged Trixie M. George, 26, with attempted first-degree murder after reportedly shooting Jimmie J. Bush under his left cheekbone about 5 a.m. Wednesday. The couple has lived at the gray cement-block duplex at 3013 N 48th St. for at least two years, neighbors said. George is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail without bail.

New police office is humble, but it's home

TAMPA _ Tampa Police have a new residence in the heart of Ybor City. A police substation has opened in a second-story office at 1521{ E Seventh Ave., directly over the historic business district. Police say the room, although tiny, will help a 10-officer squad regularly assigned to the area by providing a quiet place to type reports and interview victims of crime. It also offers a central location for officers and residents to share information on crime or other concerns. The office is still a bit sparse _ the substation contained only new white carpet and a used desk Wednesday _ furniture and an air conditioner donated by area merchants are expected to arrive soon. And despite the heat, enthusiasm for the substation ran high. "We have a home in Ybor," Officer Art Hushen said. "We actually feel we're part of the community now."

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