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Cancer patient discovers that doctors removed wrong kidney

When patients in Providence walk into the doctor’s office, one thing that they won’t see is sign stating that the doctor offers a money back guarantee. Despite the many advances made in medical science, healthcare providers still may encounter limitations when it comes to accurately diagnosing all of the patients that they see. However, today’s diagnostic tools offer doctors views of what’s going on inside of their patients that their predecessors could only dream of. Those tools should be able to help providers avoid surgical mistakes. However, no amount of technology can eliminate human error.

A Texas man recently found this out the hard way. A CT scan revealed that he had a growth on his kidney. His doctor recommended surgery to remove the cancerous mass, which he was told was on his left kidney. The man underwent surgery to remove it, yet a subsequent pathology report showed that the kidney was healthy. A review of the man’s initial report showed that it was actually the right kidney that was cancerous. The man eventually had to have the cancerous portion of that kidney removed, as well. Yet with now only a portion of a kidney left, the man now faces the potential of developing further problems while hoping that the cancer doesn’t return before he can qualify for a kidney transplant.

It’s hard to imagine trained medical professionals not recognizing such an error before any irreparable damage was done. Yet while cases of surgical negligence such as this one may be rare, they are not unheard of. Those who end up suffering from such negligence may have just cause in seeking compensation from their negligent providers. Anyone looking to initiate such action may wish to seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney. 

Source: Fort Worth Star Telegram “Family files suit after wrong kidney removed” Elizabeth Campbell, June 11, 2014 

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