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Hospital pleased with finding in surgery scar case

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RAPID CITY (AP) -- Officials at a Rapid City hospital say they are pleased but not surprised that state officials have found no evidence that the hospital mistreated a man who claims the letters "KKK" were carved into his chest during heart surgery.

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Rapid City Regional Hospital CEO Tim Sughrue says in a statement that the hospital will continue to defend itself against a civil lawsuit filed by Vernon Traversie, a 69-year-old American Indian man.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said Monday that neither his office nor the state Health Department could substantiate Traversie's claim.

Traversie's spokesman said other investigations are pending.

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