A woman had the wrong surgery operation at the hospital

Elias Hubbard
November 9, 2018

The patient, a Florida woman, is taking action after she went in for a routine back surgery and left with one less kidney.

MRI scans taken before the operation clearly showed the location of Pachero's kidneys, but Vasquez failed to review the scan before the surgery, leading to the mistake.

Had he looked at Pacheco's MRIs, Vazquez would've known it was actually a perfectly good kidney, though one that didn't ascend from the pelvic region to the abdomen during fetal development, according to a lawsuit.

The woman had suffered back pain for years following a vehicle accident she had been involved in.

Errors such as wrongfully removing an organ are categorised as "wrong site, wrong procedure, wrong patient errors", categorised by United States health authorities and the NHS as "never events". Such mistakes are deemed "never events" - meaning they should never occur.

Between April and September this year, 96 incidences of wrong site surgery were recorded, including the biopsy of the wrong breast, an ovary being removed in error, and the removal of the wrong side of a patient's colon.

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 case was settled on his behalf for a nominal amount due to the uncertainty of litigation and in no way did Dr. Vazquez admit liability by agreeing to this settlement", Vazquez's attorney Mark Mittelmark told the Palm Beach Post.

It is understood he does not have medical malpractice insurance, so any payments will be made from his own pocket.

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