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Illinois Hospital Investigating Cellphone Photography During Surgery

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Fred Wininger, an assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery, prepares to perform a surgical procedure known as a hemilaminectomy to relieve pressure on Sugar’s spinal cord. (Photo/MU News Bureau)

Fred Wininger, an assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery, prepares to perform a surgical procedure known as a hemilaminectomy to relieve pressure on Sugar’s spinal cord. (Photo/MU News Bureau)

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (KMOX) – A central Illinois hospital has investigated three instances of employees using personal cellphones to photograph patients during surgery.

The News-Gazette in Champaign reports that Carle Foundation Hospital officials say the photos were taken for legitimate reasons and were requested by the surgeon.

Stephanie Beever, of the hospital’s administrative staff, says personal cellphones shouldn’t have been used for the photography.

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