Florida Surgeon Mistakes Woman’s Healthy Kidney For A Tumor, Then Removes It

Submitted by: daegog 2 months ago in News & Politics

Maybe he fell asleep in med school on the day they went over pictures: kidneys vs. tumors.

An excerpt from the Global News: A Florida woman underwent back surgery and ended up having a healthy kidney removed after a surgeon mistook the organ for a tumour.

In 2016, Maureen Pacheco was scheduled to undergo surgery to have bones in her lower back fused together. She left the hospital missing a vital organ.

“As you can imagine, when someone goes in for a back surgery, she would never expect to wake up and be told when she’s just waking up from anesthesia, that one of her kidneys has been unnecessarily removed,” the woman’s lawyer, Donald J. Ward, told the Palm Beach Post.

According to a complaint made by
Florida’s Department of Health, when Dr. Ramon Vazquez cut open the then-51-year-old, he noticed a “pelvic mass and provided a presumptive diagnosis” of cancer. The “mass” was removed “in its entirety.”

“He just took my life and just dismissed it,” Pacheco told NBC News. “If he would have looked at the MRIs that were given to him he would have realized.”

Those MRIs showed the woman had a pelvic kidney.

“On or about May 2, 2016, a pathologist at WRMC confirmed the pelvic mass removed by [surgeon] was an intact pelvic kidney,” reads the department of health complaint, adding the removal was “a medically unnecessary procedure.”

Pacheco sued Vazques and two other surgeons for malpractice. The lawsuit was settled in September.
There are 4 comments:
Male 46,097
Cha-CHING!   Lawsuit Lottery !
you really have to check your doc out before trusting them to slice you open.  If they graduated from the university of Guatemala med school, look elsewhere.
Male 5,341
Something about Florida. 
Female 1,716