Rockford doctor in court for alleged negligent credentialing case

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A doctor was in court Wednesday afternoon on charges pertaining to an alleged negligent credentialing case, which involves more than a dozen patients.

The case here dates back to October 2009 when Dr. Denise Crute performed the surgery on Poplar Grove patient Mary Friday. The surgery was intended to help Friday with lower back and left leg pain.

During those discussions, Friday found out that Crute had lost her medical license in Colorado because of numerous complaints about her medical practice from long before Crute came to Rockford.

Friday confronted Crute, who, along with OSF, allegedly lead Friday to believe that those charges had been cleared, when they had not.

Friday says she went through with the surgery and now is disabled because Crute performed the surgery on the wrong side of Friday's spine.

The defense attorney told 23 News that he doesn't believe Friday has enough evidence to prove that Crute was negligent in the way she performed the surgery or that OSF was negligent in hiring her.

For that reason, he believes Friday doesn't have a case.

23 News reached out to Crute's attorney, but he said it was too soon to comment.

Friday is asking for more then $50,000 dollars in damages and fees. They are scheduled to be back in court tomorrow morning.