A former patient of Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and GOP presidential candidate, claims he is a "liar" who ruined her life by botching surgery on her brain tumor. "I regret ever having met him," Karly Bailey told TheWrap. "I wish I didn't."
Bailey, who was 9 years old when she went under Carson's knife in 1995, claimed the future candidate went against her family's wishes by removing her brain tumor in its entirety, despite her parents' repeated demands that the growth be only partially removed due to its proximity to the brain stem.
"I made the worst decision of my life when I agreed to let him operate on my daughter," her father, John Bailey, told TheWrap.
According to the family, the operation left Karly, now 27, paralyzed on her right side and suffering from vertical nystagmus, which causes severe dizziness. When she finally went back to school after more than seven months of intense rehab, she was so disfigured that she was bullied by fellow students.
"She was called a freak because of her face," John Bailey said. "She had to learn how to write with her left hand."
Bailey also alleged that Carson made numerous "misstatements" of medical facts in his sworn affidavit in an attempt to cover up his medical mistakes.
Carson's representatives did not reply to TheWrap's request for comment.
The Baileys first filed a claim against Carson and Johns Hopkins Hospital with the Maryland Healthcare Alternative Dispute Resolution Office in 2009. After much legal wrangling, the case was dismissed this past June; it is currently under appeal.
According to a story last week in the National Enquirer, titled "Bungling Surgeon Ben Carson Left Sponge in Patient's Brain!" Carson has been the subject of at least at least six malpractice lawsuits over the years.
While the Baileys stand by what they told the Enquirer, others dismiss the story.
Merryl Reynolds, who according to the Enquirer "accused Carson of negligence during 2010 spinal surgery on her 15-year-old son, Austin," and was quoted saying her son "is now paralyzed from the waist down," told TheWrap she had no idea where the publication got the quote and didn't even know about the article's existence. While Reynolds confirmed that Carson operated on her son, she told TheWrap she would not "describe him that way."
During an interview with Fox News anchor Sean Hannity last Wednesday, the GOP candidate addressed the Enquirer story, saying, "It's pretty astonishing, and some of those cases never went anywhere."
Of the Baileys, the candidate added, "You know, they've been threatening for years. They said, somehow, 'You guys have got to pay us money, or we're going to the media, and we're going to ruin your career.' What a bunch of crap. I don't bother with that stuff."
Karly said she was shocked to learn that Carson was not only running for president but touting his resume as a brain surgeon to appeal to voters.
"The general public does not know who Ben Carson is," said Bailey. "I want them to know the kind of person he is. I used to ride horses. I was good at it. After the operation I couldn't even stand up."
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MT. AYR, IA - JANUARY 22 : Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is introduced during his 'Trust in God Townhall' campaign stop January 22, 2016 in Mt. Ayr, Iowa. Carson, who is seeking the nomination from the Republican Party is on the presidential campaign trail across Iowa ahead of the Iowa Caucus taking place February 1. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
Ben Carson, 2016 Republican presidential candidate, speaks during a Liberty University Convocation in Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. As retired neurosurgeon Carson has risen in the polls, media reports have revisited his accounts of acts of violence as a child, a key part of the redemption story he discusses on the campaign trail. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 06: Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks to the media before speaking at a gala for the Black Republican Caucus of South Florida at PGA National Resort on November 6, 2015 in Palm Beach, Florida. Carson has come under media scrutiny for possibly exaggerating his background and other statements he has made recently. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DES MOINES, IA - AUGUST 16: Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson (L) eats a piece of pizza while touring the Iowa State Fair on August 16, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Presidential candidates are addressing attendees at the Iowa State Fair on the Des Moines Register Presidential Soapbox stage and touring the fairgrounds. The State Fair runs through August 23. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - OCTOBER 29: Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks during a news conference before a campaign event at Colorado Christian University on October 29, 2015 in Lakewood, Colorado. Ben Carson was back on the campaign trail a day after the third republican debate held at the University of Colorado Boulder. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 25: Scenes around the the Value Voters Summit on September 25, 2015 in Washington DC. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson takes the stage at the event. Dr Carson speaks to the media after the speach. (Photos by Charles Ommanney/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Attendees wait for Ben Carson, 2016 Republican presidential candidate, not pictured, to arrive during a campaign stop at the birthplace of the Michigan Republican Party in Jackson, Michigan, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Carson, the third candidate in the Republican race to have never held elected office, saw his numbers drop following the debate last week. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Ben Carson, 2016 Republican presidential candidate, listens as he attends a service at Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. Carson will be speaking at the Iowa State Fair, which is expected to host 18 presidential candidates and runs until Aug. 23. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 06: Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson participates in the first prime-time presidential debate hosted by FOX News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The top-ten GOP candidates were selected to participate in the debate based on their rank in an average of the five most recent national political polls. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Ben Carson, 2016 Republican presidential candidate, eats a slice of pizza as he tours the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. In a Sunday interview with Fox News, Carson doubled down on his assertion that a speech given by President Barack Obama intended to sell the American public on his nuclear deal with Iran contained 'coded innuendos employing standard anti-Semitic themes.' Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images