Hospital Removes Wrong Testicle From Cancer Patient; Victim Suing For Botched Surgery

on February 20 2013 3:56 PM
Surgery
A British man suffering with cancer is suing Salisbury District after they removed his healthy testicle during surgery. Photo courtesy OnHealth

This story is nuts.

A British man suffering from cancer is suing Wiltshire, UK's Salisbury District Hospital after they removed a healthy testicle by accident, the Daily Mail reported.

The 48-year-old man underwent surgery to remove the cancerous testicle, but, due to his botched surgery, the company director revealed he cannot have children.

The doctors realized their mistake about 40 minutes into the surgery, the Daily Mail reported.

The physicians quickly froze the healthy testicle after they discovered their mistake, and a plastic surgeon rushed to the scene to try and repair the damage that had been done to the patient.

He did not want to be named in news reports about his surgical blunder, since he is suing Salisbury District Hospital and hoping to be awarded compensation.

“They definitely took out the wrong testicle," the victim told the Mirror. "It should have been the cancerous one.”

The man already has a family from a previous relationship, but he will not be able to have more children with his current partner.

“It seems I can no longer father children," he told the Daily Mail. "I have gone through incredible stress and strain. The matter is in the hands of my solicitor.”

“This is a tragic thing to have happened," a spokesman for the Wiltshire Involvement Network told the Mail. “Obviously, there needs to be an investigation by the hospital as to how it came about. With this type of operation, men need confidence they can put their trust fully in the hospital.”

The Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, which is in charge of the hospital, said in a statement it is sincerely sorry for the mishap: “We have received notification from solicitors of pending legal action. This is a regrettable incident, and the trust once again offers its sincere apologies to the patient.

“The patient was informed straight after the completion of surgery of the situation and that additional surgery had taken place to rectify this. The trust carried out a thorough investigation, and, as part of this, the trust immediately made changes to its processes.” 

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